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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Disappearing LEDs in the Blazing Sun

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Sep 17th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I played an outdoor show last week and once again had to suffer through the disappearing LEDs in direct sunlight thing.

It was a clear, sunny day in the 90's. I could barely see my tuner either.

Any fixes for this malady?

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Sep 17th, 2019 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had this same problem, several times. I've gone back to using a pedalboard with the band, at least partially for this reason.
The tuner I use is a Polytune, and "supposedly" it senses different light situations and adjusts accordingly. I haven't tested this yet, though! (I just recently started using it again.)
But the ME-70 that I've used for years, definitely suffered from what you've described above. Sorry, I don't have a solution other than "possibly" the Polytune.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Sep 17th, 2019 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only thing you can do without cracking open the pedal and modifying the circuit for a brighter LED is to shade the existing LED from direct sunlight.

One way is to slice a 1/4" section from the barrel of a black U.S. Government click pen, apply some epoxy to the rim on one end, and stick it over the LED.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I would never convert US Govt property for my own personal use. I heard two guys whose names I don't know talking about it on a day I cannot recall, and thought it might be a great idea.

gdw3

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Sep 17th, 2019 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

@Peegoo: you're on a list now.

Yeah, shade. I've even put a piece of cardboard to shade my board. I recently got a Korg Pitchblack tuner because supposedly those are easier to read in the bright light.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Sep 17th, 2019 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm already on a bunch of lists.

They know where to find me...but they remember what happened *last time*.

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've found the Polytune great on an indoor stage but pretty useless at outdoor gigs.

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

About 10 years ago, Korg came out with a tuner called the Pitchblack. It was super bright, and those worked pretty well in bright sunlight.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Because this has affected me on quite a few occasions, I made a cardboard sun shade that fits underneath and over the top of my pedalboard. It looks like a cowled hood for a blower on a car hood. After I assembled it I painted it flat black so it would not have any sun reflecting off into my eyes.
It's tall enough that my foot can go under it and allows me to see what is On or Off.
I just set my pedalboard down and slip the cardboard cover underneath it and it is secure and provides plenty of shade on really bright days when playing outdoors and can be used on a bright stage when needed.
Cheap and functional!

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Sep 19th, 2019 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cal-woody - Great idea, thanks.

Peegoo - I actually have a Pitch Black tuner laying somewhere. I forgot about that feature.

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