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Guitar TunerEssential Tool for Guitarists

A guitar tuner is just as important as guitar strings you gotta have one.

Guitars are effected by temperature and humidity and need to be checked on a daily basis or more if you stretch the strings a lot.

Guitars can be hard to keep in tune if you are constantly going to and from different places to play or just practice. Heating and air conditioning effect the guitar’s tuning along with the weather and humidity.

For this reason you should have a guitar tuner nearby all the time. If you travel around with your guitar put one in your case. Even a simple tuning fork will do.

Online Guitar Tuner

I moved the tuner here to get it out of the way. You can find this page with the “Tune Up” button in the navigation bar on the left of any page you are on.

Here is an “A” note for tuning.

Guitar Tuner Types

Most of the tuners you see today are digital like everything else in electronics

Some of them have a visual screen along with the audio tone. A lot of them are chromatic too, which means you can pick any note you want for tuning.

Another way they differ is some are pedal tuners which you can use like a stomp box and some are clip ons that you can place on the headstock or sound hole on an acoustic.

One thing I learned checking these tuners out is that there are a lot of guitar tuners out there.

Guitar Tuner Companies

I’m putting links to these tuners in a list by the companies that make them rather than just the type of tuner.

Most of them make several types so you can check them all out and you may have a company you prefer. I would buy another Korg tuner if mine broke because it has worked perfectly without a problem and they have good prices.

Some I’ve never heard of but I trust the company that’s selling them. Every company starts out unknown until their products or services prove themselves to the public, so don’t be afraid to try a product because you never heard of the company.

Behringer Tuners

They have two tuners one for a rack mount and a pedal tuner. Both require that you plug a cable in so these aren’t for acoustic guitars without pick-ups.

Behringer Tuners
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Boss Tuners

This company has been around awhile making tuners and stomp boxes for guitar players.

They have 5 models including pedal chromatic tuners and a combo tuner-metronome.

Boss Tuners
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Fender Tuners

Fender has two tuners a chromatic and a pedal tuner for guitar and bass. They are more into guitars and amps than accessories.

Fender Tuners
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Fishman Tuners

This company has been around a long time. I purchased a transducer for an acoustic guitar back in the 80’s from these guys. They are all about acoustic sound.

They have one tuner for acoustic guitars at a “very” good price. It’s chromatic and visual, attaches with a clip.

Fishman Tuner
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Hard-Wire by Digitech

They only have one pedal chromatic tuner meant for electric guitar players with a lot of effect boxes.

They claim it won’t color your tone being inline with the other effect boxes.

Hard-Wire by Digitech
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Hartke Tuners

This company only has one inexpensive tuner the HT12. It has an LCD display and you can plug in or tune with the built in microphone.

Hartke Tuner
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Ibanez Tuners

Ibanez has 6 models ranging from a petal to a clip on that measures vibration not sound.

They also have a deluxe model that has 20 rhythm patterns for practice and jamming, a distortion effect, an AUX input for CD or MP3 players and a built-in metronome.

Ibanez Tuners
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Korg Tuners

Korg has been in the digital tuning and metronome business for a long time. They have 12 models to choose from.

They have pedal and clip on chromatic tuners. They have one model that tunes for open tunings like E, G even DADGAD plus you can save 5 of your own tunings.

Korg Tuners
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ModTone Tuners

This company only has one inline chromatic model for electric guitars.

ModTone Tuner
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N-Tune Tuners

The N-Tune Artist Series on-board chromatic tuner is specially designed to fit most electric guitars and basses that have a 3-way toggle switch and humbucker pick-ups.

If you aren’t mechanically inclined stay away from this one although I think it’s a good idea.

This makes it possible to always have your tuner with you. No Excuses for being out of tune.

N-Tune Tuner
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Peterson Tuners

This company were the pioneers of strobe tuning for musical instruments. This is the type of tuner you would find in a top recording studio.

They have 4 products, one clip on, one stomp box type, one rack mount and one flip tuner cabable of tuning anything with strings. This is the tool for setting intonation on your guitars or other string instruments.

Peterson Tuners
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Planet Wave Tuners – Guitar Tuners

This company offers several ways of tuning. They have a headstock clip-on model that senses vibration, they have two strobe tuning modes and they have two LED light beam models one for bass and one for guitar.

Planet Wave Tuners
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Profile Tuners

This company offers one low priced clip-on model.

Display color changes to indicate sharp, flat or in tune. Settings for chromatic, guitar, bass, violin. Selectable between vibration input or integrated mic. Fully adjusts to any angle for easy viewing.

Profile Tuner
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QuikTune Tuners

This company offers 3 low priced tuners for guitar or bass.

Qwik Tune Tuners
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Sabine Tuners

This company has 3 mid priced tuners a clip-on with a metronome, a chromatic tuner and a 3 in one tuner, metronome and a tone generator.

Sabine Tuners
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Tascam Tuners

They have one combo product a combination chromatic tuner, metronome and memo recorder for acoustic and electric musicians.

This company is more into recording gear than tuners.

Tascam Combo Tuner
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TC Electronics

This tuner will tell you which strings are out of tune after you strum all the strings on your guitar or bass.

TC Electronics Tuner
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A guitar tuner is just as important as your strings, stay in tune at all times.

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