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Planet Waves O-Port Review

Planet Waves O-PortA little while ago I received a Planet Waves O-Port in the mail from the kind folks over at D’Addario. I was eager to install it on my acoustic guitar, as it promised to improve both the quality and quantity of sound that comes out of it.

Installing the O-Port is a fairly simple process, you just take the strings off, bend the rubbery O-Port in half, put it into the sound hole, let it pop back out into full shape, and then adjust the positioning to where you want it. Put your strings back on, and you’re all set.

You’ll see exactly what I mean in the video below, and although I did cut out a bit of the video (just the string winding and stuff) for the sake of time, it really doesn’t take long to install the Planet Waves O-Port.

Once installed, I can personally say I do notice a big difference in the tone of the guitar. I don’t know how well that translated onto this video, and of course the sound you hear is dependent on the speakers you’re using as well.

What I can tell you is I didn’t modify or edit the before and after sound at all, what I played is what you get. I also used a good quality microphone, though my position relative to the microphone changes a tiny bit, and that can really affect the sound as well.

Regardless of how well the difference in sound comes through on the video, I can tell you that when playing the guitar, I definitely notice a difference. In fact, I can feel the difference; the body seems to resonate a bit more than before. I really notice a lot more response in the lowest frequencies, and in general the guitar has a cleaner, less muddy sound to it. It’s a bit hard to describe, but it is definitely there.

You can find the Planet Waves O-Port on Amazon.com – they’re under $20 last I checked.

Planet Waves O-Port Review

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Planet Waves Capo Tuner Review

The Planet Waves Capo Tuner is an ingenious gadget that has rolled (most of) the functionality of a tuner and a capo into one unit. I say (most of) because this tuner doesn’t have any way of indicating which note you are on, but only whether or not the note you are playing is on pitch or not.

Planet Waves Capo TunerFunctionally speaking, I didn’t find this was a problem. Unless you’re de-tuning to some other tuning entirely, or re-stringing your guitar, then I find that most times my guitar is pretty close to standard tuning when I pick it up. It is for these types of tweaks that this capo tuner works just great – in fact, most of the time having a note displayed at me is a waste of time anyways, except for the situations I mentioned already.

So how does the tuner work if it doesn’t have a readout? Simple – it uses a three light system, with a few different colors of lights. It is intuitive and easy to use. Because it works off the vibrations in your guitar, you can literally have it clamped onto any part of your guitar and it will work. This means you can use this as a tuner either on the fretboard, while capo’d, or just clamped onto the headstock as a tuner.

We’ve talked about the “tuner” part of this – but this capo tuner is exactly that – a capo AND a tuner.

As a capo, the Planet Waves unit works nicely. My main complaint against these spring loaded capos is that they normally don’t have any sort of tension adjustment, which reduces their ability to perfectly adjust to different instruments. However, as you can see from the picture, this capo tuner does have a tension adjustment, which works quite well.

I’ve used this capo tuner on acoustic and electric 6 string guitars, and it worked fine on both. It is advertised to work well on 12 strings as well, but I haven’t had a chance to test that yet.

I found the capo tuner comfortable and quick to use one-handed. Whenever you use a capo, there’s going to be a bit of adjusting to get it to work well with the curvature of your guitar neck, but I quickly discovered that if I put it on a slight angle compared to the frets it works best for me.

If you’d like to get one of these for yourself, they’re available for a good price at Amazon.

Full disclosure: Planet Waves / D’Addario was kind enough to send me one of these capo tuners for review purposes.

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