What is the Best Guitar Tuner?

By in Musician Products on July 18, 2011

Having a reliable guitar tuner is a necessity for guitarists, as even the slightest bit of intonation can have major impacts on how the song you’re playing sounds. Fortunately, there are a large variety of great electronic guitar tuners out there (and lots of not-so-good ones too). Here are our pick of the best guitar tuners out there for guitarists with different requirements.

41v JI6xbNL. SL500 AA300  What is the Best Guitar Tuner? Korg GT 4 (The Best all rounder)
This guitar tuner is a brilliant all rounder, and was my personal choice for several years. The tuner has great battery life, brilliant accuracy, it’s built like a tank, and it’s not too expensive. If you’re a regular performing musician and you need a good guitar tuner that will get you through the evenings in tune, this is my personal recommendation.
21wZdT6xleL. SL500 AA300  What is the Best Guitar Tuner? Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Guitar Pedal (The Best F/X pedal style)
If you’ve built up a nice collection of effects pedals, then it might seem silly to buy an extra gadget for your guitar rig that doesn’t fit tidily on your pedal board. The Boss TU-3 guitar pedal tuner has incredible accuracy and is used by a lot of professional touring guitarists.
41FE6ox8YEL. SL500 AA300  What is the Best Guitar Tuner? Korg CA1 Chromatic Tuner (The cheap and cheerful option)
If you don’t want to spend too much on a guitar tuner and just want one that will tick you over nicely, then the TUNER is the perfect guitar tuner for you. For under a tenner this guitar tuner does what it says on the tin. It has surprisingly good accuracy, durability and it won’t break the bank.
21lCDdbWIbL. SL500 AA300  What is the Best Guitar Tuner? Behringer BTR 2000 Rack Mount Tuner (The most professional)
If you’re really looking to go down the professional route and can’t afford to be out of tune during your performances, the rack mount tuner by Behringer is a clear choice. This guitar tuner is used by the likes of Minus One and scores top marks on durability, usability, accuracy, low signal to noise ratio, and everything else you’d possibly desire to be in the perfect guitar tuner.
4102ngJ4AYL. SL500 AA300  What is the Best Guitar Tuner? Korg AW2G Clip-on Chromatic Guitar Tuner (The best clip on style tuner)
If you’re the kind of musician who already has too many cables in your guitar rig then a clip on guitar tuner like the Korg AW 2G might be the perfect tuner for you. It attaches straight onto your guitar’s headstock and has a nice backlit screen to make tuning your guitar a piece of cake.

Tips for keeping your guitar in tune

It’s important to keep your guitar strings new and fresh to make sure they sound great and stay in tune for longer. When you put new strings on your guitar ensure you stretch them by lifting them from the fretboard to prevent them stretching when they’re settling in. Also, be sure to buy a good string cleaner to remove the natural oils that are transferred from your fingers when playing guitar.

Finally, ensure the nut and bridge on your guitar are in good shape, and if keeping your guitar in tune for prolonged periods of time then consider buying a guitar with locking tuners or a locking bridge.

9 thoughts on “What is the Best Guitar Tuner?

  1. iamnotlefthanded

    Wow, the BTR 2000 is used by ARTIST and by ARTIST?!  With a pedigree like that, how can I resist? ;-)

  2. 3

    Has Korg ever made a bad product? Just kidding. I do like their tuners though.

    • 4

      Korg make some really awesome FX products, especially their Guitar Tuners. It's a real shame they don't do their rack mount guitar tuner anymore (the one similar to the Behringer BTR 2000 – in fact I think it was called a KTR 2000 or something similar), however the Behringer is still a good call.

      Go with Boss or Korg and you're sorted :)

  3. 5

    Has Korg ever made a bad product? Just kidding. I do like their tuners though.

  4. 6

    my own ears!!! for me there is no better guitar tuner than my own ears

    • 7

      I’d have to agree with you on that one. I like to tune with both the ear and a bit of technical assistance :)

  5. 8

    Can anyone tell me is the Behringer BTR200 the best tuner ? I cant afford silly money one but I do set up my own guitars, I just need the best chance to inntonate as possible – would be grateful for some guidance.

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