Best Guitar Tuner Reviews: Clip-On vs Pedal vs Automatic
Tuning guitar by ear is not always a possibility on stage due to a loud environment. It also might not be the most accurate way to tune your guitar. Jimi Hendrix was of course an exception because he used playing techniques to get round this. For most, this is something only experienced guitarists will be able to fulfill. We’ll be updating this article as we’re sent new tuners.
There are various types of Guitar tuners out there.
Some are clip-on guitar tuners which slot on to the head stock and measure vibration. These use batteries and have a head up display to show the current tuning. Usually there is a variety of different presets, totally necessary for Drop D tunings that bands like Nirvana regularly used. Better for practice, not to say they can’t be used on live gigs, they can it’s just a little risky.
Other Guitar tuners are actually in the form of a pedal. These are very robust, satisfying to use and vary in ease of use. Because you’re plugged in via Jack input, you can get a super accurate measurement. For professional musicians this is ideal because a pedal is less likely to be problematic when performing live.
Finally, automatic tuners can wind the strings for you making them a great option for bulk tuning. For example, guitar shop workers need to tune a lot of guitars per day for punters. Or even for a large show rig, roadies might need a robust option if they are in charge of guitar tech.