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Top 10 Guitar Tuners 2017

Whether or not you're a professional rocker or you are picking up a guitar for the first time, you could get in tune without easily and accurately with one of these guitar tuners. We've got included portable models precise for buskers and casual musicians through to heavy-duty units with 0.1-cent accuracy which can be ideal for studio recording sessions and gigging in much large venues.

Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Rack TunerKLIQ UberTuner - Clip-On Tuner for All Instruments - with Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele & Chromatic Tuning ModesPeterson 403867 SP-1 StroboPlus HD Handheld Strobe Tuner with Optional Metronome FunctionKorg PB05 Pitchblack Pro 1U Rackmount Guitar and Bass TunerBoss TU3 Chromatic Tuner PedalTC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Pedal TunerTC Electronic PolyTune ClipRoadie Tuner Automatic Guitar TunerSnark SN1 Guitar Tuner (Blue)Boss TU-80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome

You Can Tune A Guitar, But You Can't Tuna Fish

Imagine you've just taken the stage at Madison Square Garden. You're opening for somebody huge like a Bruce Springsteen or The Rolling Stones, and they've personally picked you as their opening act after seeing you at some dive bar in New Jersey.

Your drummer counts the band into your first song, a song about the great love of your life who got away, a song guaranteed to propel you into the league of immortal musicians. You strum the first chord...and your guitar is out of tune.

If you're fast on your feet and you have the good fortune of an understanding crowd, you can quickly chalk it up to rock 'n roll, get a little cheer from the audience, tune up, and restart. If they aren't feeling so generous, you might just get booed off stage, Mick Jagger shaking his head at you in shame as you depart the industry forever.

It's a nightmare scenario, and an unlikely one, but it illustrates the importance of having a quality tuner on your side.

What makes a quality tuner is accuracy and features, more than anything else. That accuracy comes from a digitized standard of something called A 440. At some point in the recorded history of music, the tone produced by a sound wave traveling with a wavelength of 440 Hz became the standard A on a western 12-tone musical scale.

When a signal comes into a tuner from your guitar, the tuner interprets that tone by its frequency as measured in hertz, and can safely assume which string you're targeting in a string-based mode, or tell you what note you're closest to in a chromatic mode.

Don't Bypass The Features


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Let's return to the nightmare scenario from above and assume that you've actually been blessed with an understanding audience. In fact, the rock 'n roll gesture with which you accounted for your guitar's horrendous tuning actually made them feel like they were part of the show, like they were in on a private moment between you and them that anyone without a ticket didn't get.

Then, you go to tune your guitar before restarting the song, but you made the classic mistake of running your guitar through a channel that forces the audience to listen to the slow, agonizing sound of a guitar string gradually being tuned.

If you knew better, you'd have made sure that the tuner you purchased had a bypass channel that would silence your guitar while the tuner's in use. That way, your ministrations would only torture the tuner itself, and not your potential fans.

But that's just one possible feature you can find on these tuners, and evaluating both the feature sets and the housings of the tuners on our list will quickly narrow your options down to just a few.

There are four types of tuners on our list, each of which has an advantage over the other. One tuner is quite possibly the simplest type, and it's the first tuner I ever used when playing guitar. It's a table-top tuner that sits on any surface and listens to your guitar through a small microphone on its body. It's a simple, inexpensive style that's great for new guitarists.

Another popular, inexpensive tuner for guitarists new and old is the head-mount type. This tuner attaches to the headstock of your guitar and uses the vibrations of the instrument to measure its tuning. These are fine units, but they don't automatically bypass your signal, so you have to remember to turn your guitar down in a live setting to keep your tuning process quiet.

The other two types are distinctly more professional, in the pedal box and rack-mounted styles. Unless you're running a very expensive live operation or a nice recording studio, rack mounted devices don't make a ton of sense. The average gigging guitarist doesn't want to lug that much extra hardware around, especially now that engineers can cram such high quality electronics into smaller pedals, many of which are wonderfully accurate and laden with features.

Frequently Setting The Standard


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Before electronic tuning was an option, and before any actual standards existed for the designation of musical pitches, before Heinrich Hertz was ever born, there was the tuning fork and the pitch pipe. Both invented in the 18th century, these implements could set a momentary standard among instrumentalists gathered around the same one, but if you took a tuning fork from Germany and a pitch pipe from England in 1826, they would likely have had noticeably different frequencies.

After Hertz discovered and developed a system for measuring sound by its frequency, musical and scientific organizations argued about where to set the standard for musical tuning. Eventually, the governments of Austria and France agreed upon the measurement of 435 Hz for A4 or the fourth A on a standard piano.

In 1926, the music industry in America settled on 440 Hz as the proper frequency for A4. Ten years later, the American Standards Association agreed, followed in 1955 by the then relatively young International Organization for Standardization.

With this standard in place, manufacturers developed electronic tuners that compared a guitar's signal to the strobe frequency of a flashing light. In recent years, however, digital tuners have steadily replaced the strobe method, and proven more accurate and less expensive.


#10.Boss TU-80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome


The BOSS TU-80 brings super-accurate LCD tuning to musicians at a very affordable price while adding unique high-end features like a built-in metronome and Accu-Pitch?. The pocket-sized TU-80 runs on batteries and can tune almost any instrument, thanks to a chromatic tuning mode and ultra wide tuning range. It even tunes 7-string guitars and 6-string basses--putting the TU-80 in a class all its own.


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#9.Snark SN1 Guitar Tuner (Blue)


Snark has brought out an easy to use, clip on tuner! Accurate and Fast, this tuner combines retro "Buck Rogers" looks with the wonders of modern technology. Features -Full-Color Display -Works anywhere on the head stock (no dead spots!) -"Stay Put" Clip -Tap Tempo Metronome - Visual display so it can be used in practice or live gigging situations. -Transpose Feature - you can tune with the capo on! -Pitch Calibration (415-466Hz) -High Sensitivity Vibration Sensor -360 Degree rotational display.


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#8.Roadie Tuner Automatic Guitar Tuner


Roadie Tuner is the ultimate guitarist's tool — an automatic guitar tuner that is quick, easy to use, and three times more accurate than the human ear. Complemented by a mobile app, this hand-held tuner adds new dimensions to music making by allowing you to freely experiment with alternate and custom tunings. Roadie is also the first device capable of tracking the quality of an instrument's strings, letting you know when your strings are old and need replacing.


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#7.TC Electronic PolyTune Clip


PolyTune Clip is here to change all that and bring about a revolution! Combining renowned state-of-the-art tuning technology with unprecedented good looks and functionality, PolyTune Clip gives all electric and acoustic players a tune-up that's unmatched in speed, precision, flexibility, and refinement. With the adaptive display, even left-handed players or those who may simply want to hide the tuner behind the headstock can use it too. PolyTune Clip is much more than just a clip-on tuner, it's a revolution! Perfectly combining state of the art tuning technology with an unprecedented attention to aesthetics and functionality, PolyTune Clip gives a tune-up that's unmatched in speed, precision, and grace. Not only is PolyTune Clip the best PolyTune we've ever made - it's the best tuner by any measure.


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#6.TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Pedal Tuner


PolyTune was a big deal, but so is the space on your board. A small footprint is essential for flexible agile guitarists who have places to go and people to rock. PolyTune Mini is the perfect solution for those (and other) guitarists - revolutionary PolyTune technology meets tiny footprint.


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#5.Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal


The BOSS "TU" line is synonymous with reliable, roadworthy and accurate tuning. Today, the world's most famous tuner prefix gets "clipped-on" with the debut of the TU-10. Reinventing the traditional image of clip-on tuners, the TU-10 offers a stylish design and robust body with high-performance features derived from other BOSS tuners, such as Ace-Pitch, flat tuning up to five semitones, and Stream mode. A unique feature - the "true color" LCD - provides a full, multi-color visual experience not seen before in other clip-on tuners. In addition, the reflection-display function dramatically improves visibility.


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#4.Korg PB05 Pitchblack Pro 1U Rackmount Guitar and Bass Tuner


Featuring a 3D visual meter that's so beautiful you'll think of it as an aspect of your stage performance, the Korg Pitch black Pro Rackmount Tuner's three-dimensional expression of light delivers an unprecedentedly visual element. Although it's in a rack mount form factor, the body is ultra-lightweight and slim, allowing it to be used anywhere. This is a new generation of rackmount tuner that every guitarist/bassist with professional aspirations should experience. For guitar/bass, the 19-inch, 1U Pitch black Pro Rackmount Tuner is lightweight, thin, removable; not limited to rack installation and has three-meter display modes: regular, strobe, and half-strobe.


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#3.Peterson 403867 SP-1 StroboPlus HD Handheld Strobe Tuner with Optional Metronome Function


Optional Body Beat metronome features: Audio, Visual or Tactile tempo delivery modes Feel the beat from the optional vibration clip 4 different audio choices, Rimshot, Clave, Wood Block and Beep Feel or hear a variety of subdivisions and accent patterns 10 to 280 BPM tempo range with tap tempo input feature Independently selectable time signature components Wide variety of subdivisions displayed in notation format Meter-based accent patterns (additive meters) Store up to 99 presets of all settings Encoder dial for quick entry of values Practice patterns for Latin music and dance steps Note: The Strobilus will not feature the wireless synchronizing capability of the Body Beat Sync.


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#2.KLIQ UberTuner - Clip-On Tuner for All Instruments - with Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele & Chromatic Tuning Modes


This is a great tuner. Exactly what I needed for help in setting up my PRS Custom 22 ! Positioning the tuner on your headstock couldn't be simpler. You can get the screen right where you need it to be and the ON/Off and function buttons are within easy reach.

Honestly, this is an idea who's time has come. NO patching/unpatching of cables, no worrying about turning off effects before tuning, etc. The Piezo pickup seems to work perfectly. I easily set intonation with this thing in half the time it would take with tabletop tuners. INSTANT visual feedback is the key.

Accuracy is no problem either. Pitch registers right on the money, even with harmonics. It really IS a great little unit. Not sure how long the battery will last but there are safeguards built into the software that turns it off after a few minutes of no use.


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#1.Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Rack Tuner


This is the best strobe tuner around that fits in a rack. My sister and her husband are both music teachers, and I had access to our school equipment in high school, so I've tried quite a few high-end tuners, and the Peterson strobe is as good or better than everything else. I use this set-up my guitar and bass. It's got a bunch of features I never will use like different types of tuning scales or a pedal switch to mute, but too many features are better than not enough, as long as it does the basics. The thing seems complicated but you can plug it and turn it on and it works so little rich kids can manage fine and have a real impressive looking live rack. Good seller, perfect condition, fast shipping. If you're considering this, buy it. Don't mess with inferior products.


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