The Best Guitar Tuners: Clip-on, Pedal, Handheld, Rackmount & Soundhole

Guitar Tuners

Whether you play Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic-Electric Guitar or Bass, we've got you covered when it comes to choosing your next tuner. In fact, we short-listed 52 tuners and analyzed over 23,000 sources to bring you what we believe is the most comprehensive guitar tuner guide currently available.

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The Best Guitar Tuners

The Best Clip-On Tuners

These have become the most popular form factor for guitarists as they're small and easy to carry around with you. They also tend to be quite inexpensive compared to other types which means many guitarists often buy a couple of them at a time.

KLIQ UberTuner

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 1400+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$25
KLIQ UberTuner - Clip-On

The KLIQ UberTuner was the highest rated clip-on tuner for guitar available at the time of publication.

KLIQ Music Gear is a business started by a group of working NYC musicians who wanted a better clip-on tuner than what was available at the time.

The speed and accuracy of their UberTuner have impressed musicians from hobbyists to professional touring artists.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: A0 (27.50 Hz) - C8 (4,186 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: 430-450 Hz (in 1 Hz steps)
  • Tuning Modes: Guitar, bass, violin, ukulele and chromatic
  • Transpose Range: C, F, B-flat, E-flat
  • Display: Full color LED backlit LCD display
  • Power Supply: CR2032 lithium battery (included)
  • Battery Life: Approximately 16 hours (tuner continuously operating, A4 input)
  • Dimensions: 1.6" (40.6 mm) x 0.5" (12.7 mm) x 1.6" (40.6 mm)
  • Weight: 0.3 ounces (8.5 g) including battery

The speed with which the UberTuner detected the frequency impressed many users to the extent that this was the thing most liked about it. A charter member of acoustic guitar forum said, "The UberTuner goes right to it where the Snark has a second or two hesitation."

The brightness and visibility of the screen were the second most liked features. Rich Osweiler wrote in Premier Guitar, "Turn it on, however, and the large, color display become (sic) as bright as your prized lava lamp. The flat/sharp and note indicators are, yes, uber-easy to read."

There were a few people that said it wasn't sensitive enough to detect notes accurately on their guitars - this came from some playing nylon string guitars and some with smaller parlor sized guitars. The negative reviews comprised less than 4% of all reviews and many of them came from people using the UberTuner with instruments other than guitar.

Overall, you can't go far wrong buying the highest rated clip-on tuner currently available.

Snark SN-1X

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$14
Snark SN-1X Clip-On Tuner

The Snark SN-1X is the newer version of the old Snark SN-1.

Note that some guitarists also use the Snark ST-2 which is a general chromatic instrument tuner rather than a dedicated guitar tuner - at the time of publication the Snark ST-2 had a slightly higher Gearank score than this one.

This version of the Snark also works as a chromatic tuner and allows flat tuning and works with a capo. It also includes a tap tempo metronome.

It doesn't have special modes for alternate tunings such as DADGAD but you can tune to those in chromatic mode.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: Not Provided
  • Tuning Range: Not Provided
  • Reference Pitch: 415Hz-466Hz calibration
  • Tuning Modes: Guitar, Chromatic, Flat tuning and Transpose modes
  • Display: Full color, 360° rotation
  • Power Supply: CR2032 Lithium battery
  • Battery Life: Not Provided
  • Dimensions: 1.8" x 1.8" x 3.5"
  • Weight : 1.6 ounces

The bright multi-color display was well received in customer reviews. Quite a few bass players gave it the thumbs up. Many beginning guitarists said that it was very easy to use. Good value for money or words to that effect came up frequently i customer reviews. Some people said it had a faster reaction time than earlier Snark tuners.

There were no consistently reported negatives in customer reviews. One person claimed it used up the battery too quickly and another complained that the instructions they received weren't specific to this model. One person complained that it wasn't as accurate as a pedal tuner, but generally speaking, that is to be expected of clip-on tuners.

Snark did not respond to my email request for information - something to consider if customer support is important to you.

If value for money is your primary concern then it's hard to find anything that beats the Snark in this regard.

AxeRig Tune It

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 450+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$20
AxeRig Tune It Clip-On Tuner

This is designed as an all-round tuner working not only for use with guitars and bass, but also other stringed instruments and saxophone, trumpet & cornet.

The screen is mounted on a swivel that allows for 360 degree rotation.

I contacted the manufacturer for specifications more than two weeks prior to publication and they have yet to respond so here are the only reliable specifications we currently have:

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1" x 0.5" x 2"
  • Weight: 0.3 ounces

It received a lot of praise in customer reviews for its big screen and for being easy to use. Many people appreciated receiving an additional battery as a spare when they bought theirs.

Approximately 8% of customer reviews were negative. The primary complaint was that the tuner wasn't accurate enough. Some people complained about quality control with the swivel and battery cover generating the most complaints.

Based on my experience of submitting a request via their website, they appear not to be particularly responsive - something to consider if customer support is an important factor in your purchasing decisions.

Despite potential issues with the company's responsiveness, the AxeRig is quite highly rated and has a screen which can be orientated in almost any direction.

Boss TU-10

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$30
Boss TU-10 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner

The Boss TU-10 is well regarded by guitarists for the strength and size of its clip which will fit onto even the largest headstocks.

It allows you to select your reference pitch and has a chromatic mode which allows for alternative tunings.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: C0 (16.35 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 (436 to 445 Hz)
  • Tuning Modes: Cent display, Stream display
  • Display: “True color” LCD and monochrome reflection-display function
  • Power Supply: CR2032 lithium battery
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8" (73 mm) x 1-5/16" (33 mm) x 2-1/2" (62 mm)
  • Weight : 2 oz. (45 g)

Many guitarists have praised the clip-on mechanism for being strong and working well on all types of headstocks. Users have reported that it works well on electric, acoustic and nylon string guitars. The display was also regarded as being easy to read on stage in any type of lighting. There were quite a few guitarists who said they've tried many clip-on tuners and like this one the best.

There were a small number of users who reported that said it wouldn't 'settle' on a pitch for them but they didn't indicate exactly what type of instrument this happened on - it doesn't .seem to be a general problem for guitar.

Boss has a strong reputation, earned over decades, for producing robust tuners that stand the test of time which is why they're able to command higher prices than many of their competitors.

Editor's Pick

This is where we sometimes present additional options which you may also find interesting and useful. In this case, it's a clip-on tuner which you can use to tune all strings simultaneously.

TC Electronic PolyTune Clip

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 1050+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$50
TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Clip On Guitar Tuner

The major point of difference with this tuner is that it allows you to strum your guitar and see the tunings for all the strings simultaneously - this makes it easy to see which string is out of tune. Note that this feature only works for standard tuning on the clip-on version.

It also works as a regular chromatic tuner showing one note at a time, and when used in strobe mode it has an exceptionally high accuracy of ±0.02 cents. Based on our own data collected through other websites, this is one of the top selling clip-on tuners for guitarists.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: Strobe Mode: ±0.02 cent' Chromatic Mode: ±0.5 cent
  • Tuning Range: A0 (27.5 hZ) to C8 (4186 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 435 to 445
  • Tuning Modes: 1. Polyphonic, 2. Chromatic, 3. Strobe
  • Display: Ultra-bright color
  • Power Supply: CR2032 lithium battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 18 hours
  • Dimensions: 0.98" (25 mm) x 2.36" (60 mm) x 1.1" (28 mm)
  • Weight: 1.13 oz (32 g)

As you'll see if you read the report on the TC Electronic Polytune 2 pedal tuner below, their customer support is responsive and quite helpful - that's often a big plus for many. Guitarists who speak positively about this tuner don't just like it - many of them claim it's the best tuner hands down or words to that effect. Both electric and acoustic guitarists liked it. Its level of accuracy came in for praise in many customer reviews. There were even a number of bass players who said it worked very well for them.

The most common negative was that some guitarists said that it was over-priced or that the relatively high cost wasn't justified by the polytune feature - some regarded it as a bit of a gimmick. A small number of people complained that it wasn't as accurate as they would have liked when used in polytune mode.

Although there is some contention over the polytune concept, we know that it is a top seller on some websites, and that those who do like it tend to have stronger positive things to say about it than for most other clip-on tuners available.

The Best Pedal Tuners

Although clip-on tuners are all the rage these days, there are still many guitarists who prefer to have their tuner on their pedalboard. The advantages are that they mute the signal when tuning, are less susceptible to interference from any noise on stage than clip-ons, and some guitarists don't like the look of having something on their headstock while playing in front of an audience.

Boss TU-3

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 1750+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal

At the time of publication, the Boss TU-3 was the highest rated pedal tuner available.

Boss are well known for building robust effects pedals and that applies to their tuning pedals as well.

Not only does the TU-3 have guitar, bass and chromatic tuning modes, it can also display notes for 7 string guitars and 6 string basses. Guitar mode also supports alternative drop tunings.

The optional PCS-20A Parallel Daisy Chain DC Cord allows you to power up to 7 other pedals when using the tuner with the PSA-120S power adapter.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: C0 (16.35Hz)–C8 (4186Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4=436 ti 445 Hz (1 Hz step)
  • Tuning Modes: Chromatic and Guitar/Bass mode (tune by string number, with support for 7-string guitars and 6-string basses)
  • Display: 21-segment LED meter with brightness control
  • Bypass: Buffered
  • Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry battery 6F22 (9 V) type (carbon), Dry battery 6LR61 (9 V) type (alkaline), AC Adaptor (PSA series: optional) - can supply power for up to 7 Boss pedals
  • Battery Life: Not specified
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8" (73 mm) x 5-1/8" (129 mm) x 2-3/8" (59 mm)
  • Weight: 14 oz (390 g)

Although I didn't do a comprehensive count, I did notice the word "love" in more than a dozen positive customer reviews. Those who had upgraded from the earlier TU-2 were impressed by the increased level of accuracy of the TU-3. Many guitarists who had used it at outdoor venues praised the brightness of the display. Positive sentiment was evident from both electric and acoustic-electric players. The quality of the build also came in for much praise from those who had been using it for a long time.

There were few consistently reported negatives. A couple of people complained about the price and one person even suggested the power adapter should be included in the price - but this is rarely the case with guitar pedals in general.

Boss says the TU-2 was the highest selling pedal tuner in its day and the upgraded TU-3 appears to be the top selling one now.

TC Electronic Polytune 2

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 1000+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner

Just like the clip-on version above, the stand out feature of this pedal is the ability to see the tuning of all 6 strings at the same time - this makes it easy to quickly see which strings are out of tune.

Some of the improvements over the first version include the addition of a strobe tuning mode and extra brightness for the display. It also supports drop tuning.

There is also a highly rated Mini Pedal version which is priced a bit lower than this one - check the price at Amazon.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: Strobe Mode 0.1± cent, Chromatic Mode 0.5± cent
  • Tuning Range: For guitar and bass
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz
  • Tuning Modes: Strobe and Chromatic (used for Polyphonic tuning)
  • Display: LED display with ambient light sensor
  • Bypass: True Bypass
  • Power Supply: 9V battery or optional power adapter - it can power other pedals as well
  • Battery Life: 10 hours of continuous use*
  • Dimensions: 1.97" (50 mm) x 4.8" (122 mm) x 2.83" (72 mm)
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces (300 g)

* I contacted Shawn Davison from Music Group, the company that owns TC Electronic, because the battery life is not mentioned in the official specifications. Shawn ran an experiment on our behalf and here are his findings:

"I was able to get almost 11 hours of continual use before the PolyTune 2 gave me a low battery indication. My tests were done using a Duracell Duralock battery which measured 9.6V when fresh and measured just below 6V under load when the low battery indicator occurred."

Its fast response time has been praised by many guitarists. The high level of accuracy when in strobe mode was commended frequently in customer reviews. A number of guitarists found it accurate enough to use for adjusting intonation when doing setups.

In a review for Premier Guitar Teja Gerken said, "Without a doubt, the TC Electronics PolyTune 2 is one of ... today’s best tuner pedals." Our research supports that conclusion.

There were a small number of guitarists that experienced build related quality control problems but they were very much in the minority.

In general, the ability to tune multiple strings simultaneously will either appeal to you or it won't, but in any case this is a very competitive option in the pedal tuner space and I wouldn't be surprised if over time its sales volume rivals that of the Boss TU-3.

Korg Pitchblack Pedal

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$80
Korg Pitchblack Guitar Pedal Tuner

The Pitchblack Pedal is designed for use with both guitar and bass and includes a 9V out for providing power to other pedals.

It also has true bypass so you don't need to worry about it eating up your tone when you're not tuning.

Some guitarists choose this over the Boss pedal above because it's more compact and takes up less space on your pedalboard.

It's used by both electric and acoustic-electric players.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4186 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 436 - 445 Hz (1 Hz steps)
  • Tuning Modes: Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Mirror
  • Display: Large bright LED meters
  • Bypass: True Bypass
  • Power Supply: 9V battery or optional 9V AC adaptor - can also supply power to other pedals
  • Battery Life: Approximately 5 hours (A4 continuous input, tuner on, display mode: Meter, using a 9 volt battery)
  • Dimensions: 2.68” (68 mm) x 4.72” (120 mm) x 1.85” (47 mm) - including feet
  • Weight: 0.64 lbs (292 g) - including battery

The large note display and brightness of the LEDs have been well received and specifically mentioned in customer reviews by people whose eye sight isn't quite what it used to be. Many people also say this is one of the most responsive tuners they've owned. Its build quality and accuracy are also frequently commended in user reviews and forum comments.

The 5 hour battery life did come in for some criticism - you have to unplug your guitar cable from the pedal to ensure it stops draining the battery. Of course, this isn't an issue if you're using a power adapter.

Several users have reported that it makes an audible 'pop' when you step on the pedal which can be particularly troublesome if you're going through a DI and straight to the PA as many bass players and acoustic-electric guitarists do. This is a well-known problem that afflicts many true bypass pedals, sometimes it's due to the way they're designed whilst at other times it can be caused by a weak battery or faulty parts. If you'd like to know how to fix it read this and if your more technically inclined read this. If you want to avoid the problem altogether then get one of the tuner pedals above instead.

When compared to the Boss TU-3 the Korg Pitchblack Pedal is a little cheaper and is also appreciated by musicians who sometimes have trouble seeing readings under some stage and outdoor lighting conditions.

The Best Handheld Tuners

Many of these have built-in stands and can also be referred to as Desktop Tuners. These types of tuners can be used with just about any type of instrument by using their built-in microphone or by plugging in directly. These are also the preferred alternative to clip-on tuners for acoustic guitars without pickups.

KLIQ MetroPitch

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$29
KLIQ MetroPitch - Metronome & Instrument Tuner

Not only does the KLIQ MetroPitch have very high ratings, it's also another one that we know is quite popular based on sales data we have from other websites we operate.

It supports guitar and bass specific tuning modes as well as being suited to any type of acoustic instrument.

It has a built-in tap tempo metronome with a number of different rhythm patterns which is a handy little feature for practice and it has a tone generator for those of you who like to tune by ear to a reference pitch.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: A0 (27.50 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 410-480 Hz (in 1 Hz steps)
  • Tuning Modes: Guitar, bass, violin, ukulele and chromatic
  • Tone Generator Range: A0 (27.50 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz)
  • Display: LCD
  • Metronome: 30 to 250 BPM
  • Power Supply: AAA battery (3.0 V) x 2 (included)
  • Dimensions: 4.3" (109 mm) x 0.6" (15 mm) x 2.4" (61 mm)
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces (90.7 g) - including batteries

Most users have found it to be accurate and easy to use. Approximately 94% of customer reviews are positive.

Like all handheld tuners, it's not particularly well suited for use on stage. A few people report having received defective units but KLIQ appear to be very responsive and deal with issues quickly.

If you like the versatility of a combined tuner, metronome and tone generator and don't need to tune during live sets then this is your best option.

Korg CA-40

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GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 1800+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$22
Korg CA-40 Chromatic Handheld Tuner

The Korg CA-40 has a handy battery saving feature where it turns itself off when left on unused for 20 minutes.

It's not specifically designed for guitar but has found a place with guitarists who also play other instruments from ukulele to brass and woodwind, or who share it with others at home who play those instruments.

Although it does have a bypass output jack which Korg say is good for live use, like all handheld tuners it's not particularly practical for guitarists to use during a live performance setting but is fine for tuning in between sets, home use and practice sessions.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: A0 (27.50 Hz) to C8 (4186.01 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 410 Hz to 480 Hz (1 Hz steps)
  • Tuning Modes: Meter mode (AUTO), Sound Out mode (MANUAL)
  • Tone Generator Range: C4 (261.63 Hz) – C5 (523.25 Hz): 1 octave
  • Display: LCD needle-style
  • Connectors: INPUT jack (1/4” monaural phone jack), OUTPUT jack (1/4” monaural phone jack)
  • Power Supply: Two AAA batteries (3V)
  • Dimensions: 3.94” (100 mm) x 2.64” (67 mm) x 0.67” (17 mm)
  • Weight: 0.19 lbs (88 g) - includes batteries

Value for money is one of the main features that make this tuner appealing. It is reported to work well on all kinds of fretted instruments including bass guitar.

Some people have reported issues with the needle not stabilizing but others have suggested this may indicate a need to change the batteries.

If you don't need a tuner for live use and just want something that does the job and works with all kinds of instruments, then this is a good choice for you.

The Best Rackmount Tuner

Some guitarists and bass players prefer to use rackmount effects instead of pedalboards and it's mainly these people who prefer rackmount tuners for live use. Some people also have them in their studios.

Peterson VS-R StroboRack

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$399
Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner

Peterson are well known for making high-end tuners of all types. This tuner is used not only by guitarists but has also found a home with guitar technicians who use it for performing set ups and adjusting intonation.

It's also used on stage by guitarists who appreciate the wide range of guitar-specific tuning modes it offers.

One of its many stand-out features is that it also has a specific mode for tuning 12 string guitars. Another is the ability to set up to 8 user presets which Peterson calls 'Sweetened' tunings.

In short - this is almost certainly the most feature packed guitar tuner of any kind available today.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±0.1 cent
  • Tuning Range: 16.35 Hz to 7302 Hz
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 390Hz to 490Hz
  • Tuning Modes: Standard + 35 additional modes for specific tuning types. EG - DADGAD tuning with optimized fifths
  • Display: Backlit LCD
  • Connectors : Input - 1 x TS, Output - 1 x TS
  • Power Supply: Mains A/C - 90V to 250V ( Auto Switching Supply )
  • Dimensions: Standard 1U - 8" (203.2 mm) x 19" (482.6 mm) x 1.75" (44.5 mm)
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)

Many guitarists say this is the best tuner they've every used. Fast response and very accurate are phrases that come up frequently in user and customer reviews and forum posts. It is also cited as being very durable by guitarists who take it on the road. The display has received a lot of praise for being bright, clear and easy to see from across the stage.

Basically, just about every feature of the Peterson VS-R is praised by owners.

There are no consistently reported negatives about this tuner.

If you can afford the investment, then this is absolutely the best rackmount tuner to get.

If you're looking for a rackmount option that sells for under $100 then you might like to check out the Korg PB05 Pitchblack Pro's Gearank score or see it on Amazon - it doesn't have as many tuning modes but it has a very large and easy to read display - handy when you're on large stages or if your eyesight has seen better days.

The Best Soundhole Tuner

Soundhole tuners are meant specifically for acoustic guitars. One of their major benefits is that you can't forget where you left them - once installed in your guitar's soundhole you always know where they are. They are also appreciated by acoustic guitarists who don't want a clip-on hanging off their headstock while performing.

Korg Rimpitch-C

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88 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$40
Korg Rimpitch-C Sound Hole Tuner

The Korg Rimpitch-C is the highest rated soundhole tuner currently available.

It fits a wide range of acoustic guitars that have a round soundhole - you can measure the diameter of your soundhole and compare it to the specifications below to see if it will fit your guitar. It has a hook and rubber grip to prevent it from falling into your guitar.

It's designed for 6-string guitars and uses a piezo pickup to detect the notes.

Specifications:

  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Tuning Range: E2 (82.41 Hz) to E7 (2,637.02 Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A = 438 to 445 Hz (1 Hz steps
  • Display: High-brightness LEDs
  • Power Supply: CR1620 3V lithium battery
  • Battery Life: Approximately 30 hours (Tuner continuously operating, A4 input)
  • Dimensions: 3.11’’ (79 mm) x 1.26’’ (32 mm) x 0.67’’ (17 mm)
  • Installable Size: Circular sound hole of diameter 100 mm ±3 mm
  • Weight: 0.46 oz (13 g)

Those who have used it report that it installs easily and stays in place. One advantage it has over clip-on tuners is that it doesn't get in the way. It is reported to tune quickly and accurately. Importantly, it doesn't touch any of the bracing - even on guitars where there is bracing very close to the soundhole. Many people have commended the display as being bright and easy to read in customer reviews.

Some people with non-standard guitars like Ovation have reported problems installing it or getting it to stay in place.

This is the preferred soundhole tuner for many acoustic guitarists including those who play high-end instruments such as Collings, Martin, Gibson and Taylor.

Things To Consider When Buying a Tuner

  • What Does 'Cent' Mean?

    A semitone is divided up into 100 cents on a logarithmic scale. A semitone is the difference in pitch between adjacent frets on a guitar. The accuracy of tuners are measured in cents.

  • Speed

    When performing live, you want a tuner that is fast - your audience didn't pay to watch or listen to you play the 'tuning song'.

  • Accuracy

    Most tuners are accurate enough for tuning in a live context, however when it comes to recording or working on your guitar's setup then you'll need to get a tuner that's as accurate as possible.

  • Acoustic Guitars Without Pickups

    Because you can't plug them into a tuner you need one that picks up vibrations directly such as clip-on or soundhole tuners, or one that has a built-in mic such as a handheld tuner.

  • Electric or Acoustic Guitars With Pickups

    You can use all types of tuners with these (other than soundhole tuners on electric guitars). Most guitarists in this situation prefer clip-on or pedal tuners.

  • Chromatic & Other Tuning Modes

    If you use non-standard tunings, such as DADGAD.for example, then you'll either need a tuner that has specific tuning modes that cater for the alternates you use or you will generally need one that supports chromatic tuning. Some more expensive tuners have many alternates pre-programmed and some will let you create user presets.

  • Silent Tuning

    With clip-on tuners, you can turn your guitar's volume down because they pick up the vibrations directly through your headstock. Pedal and Rackmount tuners have mute options.

  • Versatility

    Handheld tuners typically have both built-in mics and a 1/4" input that you can plug into so they work with just about every type of musical instrument. Clip-ons are also quite versatile working with most fretted instruments and some even work non-fretted stringed instruments and some also with brass instruments.

Methodology

We began by looking at the top selling and top customer rated tuner lists of the major American online music gear retailers and then we short-listed 52 tuners for further analysis. That involved collecting information from customer and expert reviews and forum discussions about those tuners. We then processed over 23,000 sources using the Gearank Algorithm to produce a Gearank score out of 100 for each tuner. Finally, I selected the highest rated tuners in each category to recommend above. For more information about this process please read How Gearank Works.

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Would you rate the newer TC Electronic PolyTune 3 higher than the the Boss TU-3?

We haven't rated the PolyTune

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