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I am a new player and I have an electro-acoustic Fender Newporter guitar. This guitar is from what they call their California series and they are all equipped with a built-in preamp with a tuner from Fishman. It looks like this:

I only play acoustically for now, I don't have an amp or anything. I have a regular tuner, but I was wondering if this on-board tuner can be used to tune the guitar when playing acoustically? I wasn't able to figure out how to turn it on. I guess it only comes on when the guitar is connected to an amp? Since I don't have one, I can't verify this.

Does anyone have a guitar from this series or know about them to be able to tell me whether the tuner can be used when the guitar is unplugged?

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I've found the answer by myself. It's not very visible on the photo I've posted in the question, but there's two icons by the sides of the display. One is a fork icon and the other looks like an empty set icon. These are both physical buttons. They are kinda mushy and I first thought I was breaking the screen by pressing on them, but they are. Not sure what the latter does, but long-pressing the former turns the tuner on or off.

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  • When you say empty set you mean [ ] or something else. I can’t tell from the image. – b3ko Jan 15 at 18:30
  • probably a low-battery icon. – Yorik Jan 15 at 19:16
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    Scratch that, it is phase inversion. See page 6 ( fmicassets.com/Damroot/Original/10001/… ) – Yorik Jan 15 at 19:22
  • Thanks for this link! Very helpful 🙂 – Tomáš Hübelbauer Jan 15 at 22:02

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