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GuitarTools is a multi-platform application for guitar and bass players of any style. It can also be used by other fretted instruments players, as you can customize the number of strings , from 3 to 10, the strings and neck appearances, and the tunings to use. It's a learning tool which helps you finding scales, chords, voicing, harmony, and practicing. It comes with a bunch of useful features and customization: right- or left-handed neck, different guitar and bass sounds, metronome, favorites tunes, circle of fifths, diatonic chords and scales, printing and copying the neck, and more. The neck can be customized to suit more...

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Version 1.3.1:
  • Lots of optimizations and fixes
  • Ready for OS X 10.9 Mavericks


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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paulsrandall@mac.com Member IconReview+24

Until this release Guitar Tools was a fine application. My name and serial number fail to activate Guitar Tools 1.5. Fix that and it will be all 5 stars once again.

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Version 1.3

I made a mistake on the version number. It should have said 1.3.

skyebluebill Member IconReview+0

Great app... from a really cool developer who is open to suggestions. As a bassist this is really helping me know my fretboard allot better. (this is great no matter how many strings your bass or guitar has on it)

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Version 1.0.1
Amc3 Member IconReview+22

GuitarTools is a handy and highly customizable product. The real neck feature is actually very nice for a player with multiple guitars each with their own look, light wood or dark, fat or skinny strings, dots or stars.

The developer is very responsive and I look forward to GuitarTools as a mobile App.

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Version 0.91
Roll On Buddy (Developer)

I am glad you like the RealNeck Experiment ;-)

Thanks, Amc3

Neploleppard Member IconComment+23

Great idea, though there are lots of apps out there along the same lines. I'd like this app better if...

-The neck wasn't upside down.
-The neck was perhaps, vertically aligned, or had an option for such.
-The chords had more options so you can see individual chords rather than every note of the chord strewn across the entire neck. This is a learning tool, not something for professionals to use for reference (what would a professional need to reference?)
-Toss the "diatonic" option, it's nothing more than a series of finger exercises within the major scales. Either make a finger exercise section, or lose this one altogether, me thinks.

Nice app for a freebee, though!

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Version 0.80

-The neck is not upside down, and that's typically the way it is represented and AFAIK has been represented this way for decades.
-Diatonic has nothing to do with finger exercises. I'm not sure why there's harmonic and melodic included as diatonic, though.
-Chords are just a combination of intervals. For example, a Major chord includes the 1,3 and 5 scale degrees. The way these are displayed enables any guitarist to choose the notes he/she wants across the neck. If the software showed you individual chords you would have dozens of chords in a very small graphical space. Maybe the author can include an option to show the basic C-A-G-E-D forms or something similar.

Roll On Buddy (Developer)

Thanks, Espiridion.

Have a look on the site, there are explanations concerning Diatonic scales ;-)

Pepelepugh Member IconReview+84

This is a pretty handy fretboard reference utility. I've tried several others but GuitarTools is very straight to the point and gives a no nonsense and quick way of looking up scales and chords.

It covers a comprehensive range scale and chord types and even includes a simple circle of fifth reference chart for figuring out chord progressions. The layout is quite intuitive and offers lots of gui customization options. With a little bit of teaking, it really doesn't look half bad at all and my setup now matches my guitar quite nicely.

I'm really quite pleased with this app and hope the developer keeps this project alive for a good while to come because he's definitely off to a very promising start.

Highly recommended.

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Version 0.79
Roll On Buddy (Developer)

Thanks, Next version will allow more neck customization, I'm sure you 'll like it !
Keep posted !

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Downloads 10,446
Version Downloads 144
License Shareware
Date 28 Apr 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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