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January 15
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10 Clip-On Guitar Tuners You Should Use

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10 Clip-On Guitar Tuners You Should Use

Rotosound AMT 530 Tuner & Metronome
• Tuning Range: A0 - C8
• Calibration: 430 Hz - 460 Hz
• Metronome tempo range: 30 bpm - 260 bpm
• Limited mobility
• Bright, vivid display
Rotosound—one of the oldest players in the electric guitar string scene—managed to produce a pretty nice tuner for the money with the AMT 530. The diminutive clip-on tuner is almost small enough to tuck into my front pocket comfortably, and had great tuning accuracy when compared to the Martin’s onboard tuner. It faltered a little on the high strings of the Tele, forcing me to move the tuner around the headstock to locate a spot where it could pick up the guitar’s vibrations a little better. In addition, the tuning indicators were a little jumpy as soon as I approached the in tune note, hopping between sharp and flat frequently—as if it couldn’t decide if the tuning was correct or not.

Despite the small issues while tuning the electric guitar, the AMT 530’s built-in metronome was a real treat to play with. I was pretty amazed at just how loud it was capable of getting, with it sometimes approaching levels loud enough to be heard in a noisy office. It was super easy for me to change the beat via the front panel’s controls for tempo, beats, and rhythm patterns, and the display’s backlight made everything simple to read and adjust. Unfortunately, I was unable to twist the tuner’s readout, which meant I had to read it on its side when I was holding the guitar. It seemed as if it was designed for a guitar that would be lying flat on a bench.

Street: $18.99

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