Guitar Tuner Review

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Why Buy a Guitar Tuner?

Whether you just want to tune your guitar to get ready for practice or you are preparing for a concert, having a reliable tuner that works well in a variety of environments is crucial. Guitar tuners use vibrations to measure the strings' pitches, which means you can be in a noisy environment and still tune to the perfect pitch. This particular type of acoustic guitar tuners attaches to the headstock and utilizes the vibrations when you play the strings. For more information, check out our articles on guitar tuners.

There is a variety of different styles of guitar tuners. While all types have their strengths and weaknesses, we focused on clip-on tuners for guitars. For reviews of the best acoustic and electric guitar tuners, see the Korg AW2G, SNARK SN-1 and Intellitouch PT10. These tuners showcase the best features found in this style of tuner, and you are sure to get your money's worth out of your purchase. All of these tuners are worth looking into so you can be sure you find the tuner that suits your own visual preference best.

Guitar Tuner: What to Look For

There are a several different styles of acoustic guitar tuners, and sometimes it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. Clip-on guitar tuners are a good investment for a variety of reasons. While reviewing various tuner models, we looked at four different areas of guitar tuners: ease of use, accuracy, features and help and support.

Ease of Use
This type of tuner clips onto the head of the guitar, but some models are easier to use than others are. We also took into account how clear each tuner's screen is to read and understand. We compared tuners to see whether their screens are digital or analog. Having an easy-to-read screen will make all the difference since you will be able to see at a glance if you are sharp or flat.

Tuning Accuracy
This category incorporates the accuracy of the tuner as well whether the tuner is digital and comes with an internal microphone. These options can help you tune your guitar exactly how you need it in a short amount of time. We looked at the precision of the tuners we reviewed and were pleased to see that all of them are accurate within a range of +/- 1 cent. (Cents are units of measurement in musical intervals. One cent is below the threshold of perceptibility.)

Features
One feature we looked for especially was auto-suspend. This way you won't run down your battery when you aren't using it. We looked at the options for adjusting the tuner depending on your specific needs. We also looked at the different tuning modes, such as chromatic, which gives the name of the note, and guitar, which gives the string number.

Help & Support
We looked at the service support offered by the manufacturer. This includes whether they have a copy of the manual online, provide a phone number or list a way to contact them through email. We feel that even if a product is easy to use, there should be a way to contact the company in case of an emergency.

Whether you just need a small tuner to fit in your guitar case to use when practicing or something more reliable to tune your instrument before a performance, guitar tuners are invaluable. These portable tuners don't use sound, so you don't have to worry about being in a noisy environment. You can get a perfect pitch whenever and wherever you are with these guitar tuners.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Korg AW2G SNARK SN-1 Intellitouch PT10 Planet Waves Headstock Tuner FISHMAN FT-1 AROMA AT-300B Pitch Pocket Clip-On Tuner Intelli IMT500 Cherub WST-550G Profile PT-2700
Korg AW2G SNARK SN-1 Intellitouch PT10 Planet Waves Headstock Tuner FISHMAN FT-1 AROMA AT-300B Pitch Pocket Clip-On Tuner Intelli IMT500 Cherub WST-550G Profile PT-2700
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$13.50
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Design
Height (in) 6 3.8 3.4 8 5.8 5.3 4.5 2.2 6 3
Width (in) 3 2 2 10 4.2 3.8 2.2 1.8 4 2
Depth (in) 1 1.8 1 6 1.2 1.3 2 1.8 1 1
Weight (oz) 2.9 2.1 2 1.6 1.6 0.8 2.4 1.2 1.6 1.6
CR2032 Battery
Tuning
Pitch Calibration 410-480Hz 514-466Hz 430-450Hz 435-450Hz 435-445Hz 430-450Hz 430-450Hz 430-449Hz 65-445Hz 410-450Hz
Precision (cent) +/- 1 +/- 1 +/- 1 +/- 1 +/- 0.5 +/- 0.5 +/- 1 +/- 0.5 +/- 1 +/- 1
Chromatic
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Power Save
 
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