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What Kind Of Guitar Tuner Should I Buy?

What Kind Of Guitar Tuner Should I Buy?

Whether you're just starting out, or have been gigging for 30 years, a guitar tuner is one of the most essential bits of kit you can own.

There are different kinds of tuners available and they all suit different setups and budgets so let's take a look at the main kinds.

korg tuner

The Standard Chromatic Tuner

There doesn't seem to be a name for this kind form of tuner other than a chromatic tuner. This is the basic kind of tuner many beginners buy as their first tuner.

Simply plug in, or use the microphone if you're tuning your acoustic guitar and tune.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B01NCIYQEV|B01NCIYQEV' text='Korg GA-2' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='32ab1ae3-707c-11e8-8451-e546b825b5e5'] is a great example of this kind of tuner. Simple and it gets the job done accuratley.

This kind of guitar tuner is great to use at home.

clip on guitar tuner

The Clip-On

Now I Must admit, I was sceptical about clip-on tuners for a long time. I thought they were a bit of a gimmick. Then someone gave me one as a gift and it totally changed my mind. They simply clip on to the guitar's headstock and have a small display to show everything you need to tune correctly. Some of the cheaper ones aren't so great but a decent version is still far from expensive and they work really well.

I actually have a few of these now and keep them in different rooms so I always have one around if I'm going to play unplugged. I also keep one in my guitar case as a backup for gigging.

[amazon_textlink asin='B004VVFZHW|B004VVFZHW' text='Korg clip-on guitar tuner' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='0c053c4c-707e-11e8-a6e0-e3416fcf1b65']



Pedal Tuners

If you are a gigging guitarist then there's a good chance a pedal tuner is the first part of your pedalboard. This is one pedal you really don't want to skimp on. Buy a good one and it will last for many years and you'll never have an excuse for being out of tune at a gig.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B004D8KX7K|B004D8KX7K' text='Boss pedal tuners' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='49b5aac0-707f-11e8-b686-5f93584f4b08'] have been the industry standard for years. They are robust and work well. More recently, pedals such as the [amazon_textlink asin='B0015RIN6U|B0015RIN6U' text='Korg Pitchblack' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='aa143b4c-707f-11e8-925a-e793491647e1'] and [amazon_textlink asin='B06Y4G7NQD|B06Y4G7NQD' text='TC Electronics Polytune' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='908717e1-707f-11e8-8daa-e7e5088c06f8'] have become well used alternatives. Check them all out and see which one fits your needs best.

rack mount tuner

Rack Mount Tuners

The other option for the gigging or studio guitarist is the rack mounted tuner. They have a bigger display so they can show how well in tune you are more accurately. Obviously, the main reason for choosing a rack mounted tuner is if you use a rack for other effects or your pre and power amp.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B00F0GPTRS|B00F0GPTRS' text='Korg Pitchblack Pro' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='3dca4c05-7081-11e8-9705-e9e5ae3f3485'] is a very good choice but if you have the budget you should look at [amazon_textlink asin='B000MSWT22|B000MSWT22' text='Peterson Strobe Tuners' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='4d33c2c8-7081-11e8-bc6c-e31ec1c14217'] for the ultimate accuracy.

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear
Lube Your Nuts!

Lube Your Nuts!

Here’s a problem I see coming up time and time again. If your guitar is always going out of tune then it’s usually a simple fix.

Lube your nut!

The nut is without a doubt the number one cause of tuning issues and very often, it just takes a little lubrication to improve things.

Obviously, there can be other causes too but when it’s so simple and quick to lubricate the nut, it should always be your first step when trying to resolve a tuning problem. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Maintenance