PROS / The color display of the SNARK SN-1 makes it easy to see the change in pitch and the clip-on guitar tuner provides more accuracy.
CONS / We would like to see customer support contact information more readily available.
VERDICT / The accuracy and the visibility of this tuner make it one of the best options available.
If you want a guitar tuner that works well and looks snazzy, then the SNARK SN-1 is a good choice. At first glance you can see how different it really is, and we aren't just talking about the blue case. The screen itself is unique in the coloration and easy-to-read indicators. We are really pleased with the visibility this tuner has to offer and don't hesitate to give it our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.
Ease of Use
The SNARK SN-1 is a unique clip-on guitar tuner in a couple of ways. You may have noticed that while the other tuners sport a black case, the SNARK is vibrant blue in color. Not only is the case a different color but the screen shows more color than any of the others. We found that the color variations are a great visual indicator which definitely add to its ease of use. In a quick glance you will know if you are sharp or flat.
The clamp portion of the tuner is well padded so you don't have to worry about scratching the headstock of your guitar. It also holds on securely so you can leave it on even while you are playing and don't have to worry about it falling off or moving. The ball joint allows you to move the tuner in a variety of positions so that you can find the perfect viewing angle.
The SNARK SN-1 is set up to be simple. There isn't an overabundance of buttons. We were pleased that the unit can be operated with just a few controls, including a button for power, pitch calibration, metronome and two arrow buttons for adjustments. The majority of the buttons are located on the back of the unit, which means there is a nice large screen to show the tuning.
The accuracy of this guitar tuner is great at +/- 1 cent. This is due to the fact that it uses the vibrations in the headstock and not sound waves. This means that even if you are tuning up in a noisy location, you can be sure that your guitar will be in tune. This tuner is set up specifically for the guitar and bass. The pitch calibration of the SNARK SN-1 is 415-466 Hz.
One of the big selling points for us was how easy it was to tell how far off you are when tuning. The colored screen gives great visual cues that you don't really see with some of the other tuners available. The digital meter picks up the vibrations really quickly so you don't have to wait to see the change.
This particular acoustic guitar tuner comes with a variety of features. It provides vibration sensor which is more reliable in all situations. A feature the SNARK SN-1 has that isn't seen in a lot of the other tuners is a visual metronome. The metronome is useful if you need something silent to help keep you on beat.
Another feature the unit has is the option to either flat tune or transpose. Both of these are useful in otherwise time consuming and mentally stressful situations. We were also pleased with the option to calibrate the pitch if needed for playing with other instruments. These features are vital if you plan on working with others in a concert setting.
The SNARK SN-1 uses a 3V lithium battery which will last quite a while. This is due to the fact that the tuner has a power-save option. If the tuner doesn't register any musical vibrations then it automatically dims the lights so as not to waste energy. Even if you manage to use the whole battery, it is not difficult to find a new one and replace it.
Help & Support
The product is great but the presentation of help and support is limited. The website is simple, containing basic information about the product. We did appreciate the fact that there is a digital copy of the manual available online. We also liked that they provide an email address. We would have liked to see more information about the product on the product page. We also wanted a phone number that we could call for support information. While this is a small setback, the product is easy enough to use that you shouldn't need to contact them.
The SNARK SN-1 is a guitar tuner that is worth looking into. Not only does it stand out of the crowd because of the colors, but it is accurate and comes with a lot of good features. Whether you need a tuner that will work for a practice or if you need one to prep for a performance, you won't be disappointed with this feature-rich product.