Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Guitar Tuner

If you’re learning to play the guitar, or another stringed instrument, an electronic tuner can help you dial in your sound.

Guitar tuner
Electronic tuners are small and easy to use on just about any guitar make and model.KLIQ Music Gear

Face it—playing a guitar without a tuner is like baking a cake without measuring the ingredients. You get a result, but it likely won’t be the result you’re after. With the availability and low cost of today’s tuners, there’s just no excuse for not using one. With a tuner you know you’re starting to play with all strings in tune. Whatever happens next is up to you! Here are three things to look for in a tuner.

Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner for Guitar, Bass & Violin

Super Convenient

Also features a metronome.Snark

Some tuners attach to a guitar via a clip, and others just need to be held near the sound hole. Still others connect electronically via the guitar’s pickups, and some guitars have built-in tuners. Most are battery-powered, so be sure the batteries are easy to change.

KLIQ UberTuner

Bright Display

A color indicator tells you whether you’re sharp or right on-point.KLIQ Music Gear

Most tuners offer a chromatic display option, meaning you will be tuning to a particular note on the chromatic scale. With this you can create different tunings other than the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Some tuners also offer the option of tuning to a frequency, which is the measure of the note as it vibrates. Some tuners indicate the number of the string being tuned instead of the note.

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal

For Shows

This pedal style features a mute switch.BOSS

If you’re going to be playing gigs outdoors or in dark, crowded venues, look for a tuner with high brightness modes so it’s easily visible while you’re playing. A mute button means you won’t have to keep turning your back to your adoring fans to fiddle with the tuner.