You have pedal choices aplenty, but don’t forget about the one that keeps things in, well, tune.

There is no pedal more important than a tuner, right? Here are 10 of the many fantastic options to peruse if you have an upgrade in mind.

TU-3W

With tuning functions identical to the popular TU-3, this tuner boasts high-end audio circuitry for pure signal pass-through, and can operate in true bypass or as a signal buffer.

BOSS
$149

VPJR Tuner

This combo volume pedal and enhanced-definition digital tuner features a large display that automatically switches between tuner and volume modes, depending on the signal level.

ERNIE BALL
$249

SN-10

This die-cast-metal enclosed chromatic tuner features a large EZ-read display and offers fast readouts, true-bypass operation, and pitch calibration.

SNARK
$44

PolyTune 3

This compact tuner has switchable true-bypass/buffer modes and can tune with polyphonic, chromatic, and strobe-tuning modes, the latter with +/- .02 cent accuracy.

TC ELECTRONIC
$99

StroboStomp HD

With tuning presets for a large variety of instruments and playing styles, as well as more than 100 “Sweetened Tunings,” this pedal also features a large, high-definition, LCD screen.

PETERSON
$129

Horizon

A metal chassis houses this pedal tuner’s wide horizontal screen, which displays the tuner’s large detection range and +/- .05 cent accuracy.

GOGO TUNERS
$99

Pitchblack Advance

Boasting high tuning accuracy of +/-.01 cent, this true-bypass tuner has a modern design and bright display, as well as four meter-display modes.

KORG
$79

TU300

Boasting seven different tuning modes—including regular, flat, double-flat, and chromatic—and a powerful LED readout, this pedal tuner comes in at less than 30 bucks.

BEHRINGER
$24

Octopus

Not only a fully chromatic tuner with a color LED display, this pedal serves up eight, fully independent 9V power-supply outputs (6 x 100 ma, 2 x 500 ma).

ORTEGA
$99

RockTuner PT 2

A tough, metal box houses this true-bypass chromatic tuner, which features a large LED readout, tuning at +/- 1 cent accuracy, and a separate out for audible tuning.

ROCKBOARD
$51

Made in Canada, this two-voice guitar features a chambered Mahogany body, carved Swamp Ash top, 25.5” scale Mahogany neck and Rosewood Fingerboard.

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Gain is fun in all its forms, from overdrive to fuzz, but let’s talk about a great clean tone.


We’re all here for one thing. It’s the singular sound and magic of the stringed instrument called the guitar—and its various offshoots, including the bass. Okay, so maybe it’s more than one thing, but the sentiment remains. Even as I write this, my thoughts fan out and recognize how many incarnations of “guitar” there must be. It’s almost incomprehensible. Gut-string, nylon-string, steel-string, 12-string, 8-string, 10-string, flatwound, brown sound, fuzztone…. It’s almost impossible to catalog completely, so I’ll stop here and let you add your favorites. Still, there’s one thing that I keep coming back to: clean tone.

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A supreme shredder’s signature 6-string dazzles with versatility.

This immaculately built guitar sounds great and can do it all.

The more affordable price is still out of reach for many guitarists

$2,799

Charvel MJ San Dimas SD24 CM
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Charvel’s first Guthrie Govan signature model was released in 2014, after an arduous two-year effort to get the design just right. Since then, the guitar—now in its second edition—has become one of Charvel’s most coveted models. Unfortunately, its $3,699 price keeps the U.S.-made axe out of reach for many.

This year, though, the company released the Made-in-Japan signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM, which sells for a slightly more manageable $2,799. Needless to say, that’s not cheap. But depending on your priorities, it’s a fair price for a very high quality, pro-level instrument.

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