For musicians, there is no accessory more important than a tuner. Most professional musicians will tell you that keeping your instrument in tune at all times is among the most important pieces of playing, if not the
most important. Playing out of tune will quickly label you as an amateur, no matter how impressive your chops are.
Luckily, technology has kept up with the need for precise tuning. Be you a weekend warrior, pro, or technician, the market is literally flooded with options to help us all make sure our instruments are in check, ranging from floor pedals to rack units to mobile apps. Clip-on tuners have always been a popular choice for musicians on the go, and we recently gave ten of them a look. Evaluating the tuners on their own didn’t seem like a proper trial, so we compared them to the Fishman F1 Aura’s tuner onboard a Martin GPCPA1 acoustic, and a TC Electronic PolyTune paired with a Fender American Telecaster.
Without further ado, here are ten tuners tested:
Korg Pitchclip PC-1 Clip-On Tuner
Meisel COM-80 Digital Tuner
Intellitouch PT40 Rechargeable Tuner
Fishman FT-1 Digital Tuner
GFS GFT-40 Guitar & Bass Tuner
Seiko STX2 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
Rotosound AMT 530 Tuner & Metronome
Snark SN-1 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
Planet Waves Chromatic Headstock Tuner