Online Guitar Tuner and Types of Tuners Guide: How to Tune a Guitar II
There are a lot of tuning devices, online guitar tuner and apps out there, so which one should you go for? We guitarists here at Guitar-Elite have compiled a list of our favorite tuners for your reference. These range from mobile apps to clip-on devices and pedals which you may want to consider. We have also listed down the price range and features of each device so you can determine which one best suits your taste! So here are some of the top online guitar tuners to add up to your list. Let’s read – Online Guitar Tuner and Types of Tuners Guide: How to Tune a Guitar II.
- Description: This mobile application is one of the top contenders for guitar tuners. It has a feature called “auto-tune” that uses your device’s microphone to determine if your string is in tune or out of tune. Fender Tune can be used for instruments such as electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele. It is available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
- Price: FREE
- Features: Can save your own custom tuning, auto-tune, manual tuning, chromatic tuning
- Description: The most popular free online guitar tuner currently in the market! This app is great for those who have older mobile phones or tablets. The tuner can be used, not only for guitars but for other instruments as well. It is available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
- Price: FREE
- Features: Can be installed on older devices, works well in noisy environments, auto-tune, manual tuning, and over 100 preset tunings
Top 2 free online guitar tuner that you can find in your browser
Fender Online Guitar Tuner
- Description: If you’re trying to search for an online guitar tuner, this would be at the top of the list. It offers tuners for acoustic guitars, electric guitars and basses, and ukuleles. However, it doesn’t have an option for auto-tune (using your computer’s microphone). Therefore, you may want to consider installing the Fender tune app instead.
- Price: FREE
- Features: 4 available tuners for electric, acoustic, bass, and ukulele, has 16 preset tuning options to choose from
ProGuitar Guitar Tuner
- Description: My personal take on this online guitar tuner is that it’s much better than Fender’s because it has an auto-tune mode. You can allow the online tuner to access your computer’s microphone so it can check the sound of your string when you pluck it while tuning. It has a lot of preset tunings available and can tune other instruments as well.
- Price: FREE
- Features: Has a lot of tuning presets, can tune many different instruments, auto-tune
- Description: I personally used this clip-on tuner during the first few years of college. Unlike auto-tuning devices, it uses vibrations (instead of sound waves) in the headstock to determine if your string is in tune or out of tune. It is very simple, with a basic LED screen and is as easy to use – just turn it on and tune away. What I like about this is that the battery life of my Korg Pitchclip lasted two years even when used on a daily basis.
- Price: Ranges from $15 to $25
- Features: Manual tuning using vibrations instead of sound waves, long battery life and replaceable battery
Snark SN-5 Tuner
- Another good clip-on tuner that won’t break the bank. It’s cheap and reliable and has a multi-color LED display that is able to rotate 360 degrees. Like most clip-on tuners, it also uses vibrations to tune your guitar.
- Price: Ranges from $12 to $20
- Features: Vibration-based tuning, replaceable battery
BOSS TU-3 Chromatic Tuner
- Description: BOSS TU-2 is the world’s top-selling stage tuner. Now we have the new TU-3 Chromatic Tuner by BOSS. The evolution of the TU-2. It is also housed in a tank-tough BOSS stompbox body. The Accu-Pitch Sign function provides visual verification when tuning is complete. It can also supply power for up to seven BOSS compact effect pedals. This stage tuner is highly recommended for guitarists, who always have live performances.
- Price: Ranges from $90 to $100
- Features: Smooth 21 segment LED meter with a high brightness mode, flat tuning mode can support up to 6 half steps, can tune 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, 5-year warranty, Accu-Pitch
Zoom G5 Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal
- Description: Break the bank for this baby! This multi-effects unit is a monster. With its simple design and practical usability, it also comes with a tuner. The Zoom G5 has a chromatic tuner showing the name of the nearest note and pitch accuracy for the tuning you want to achieve. Custom Tuning is also available from Standard, Drop and Open Tuning. Its special feature is the Pitch Shifter effect, having your current key to transpose to other keys instantly just by twisting the shifter knobs. So, this way you don’t have to change your chords if your singer wants to go high or low.
- Price: $300 to $500
- Features: Chromatic tuner, custom tuning, pitch shifter, standard pitch adjustable from A435-445 Hz
- Will Adler (guitarist) – Lamb of God
- Description: This new guy here is your ultimate tuner! the Roadie Tuner also uses A440 Hz as a reference. A fully-automated string instrument tuner, quick and easy to use and three times more accurate than the human ear. You can choose between forty plus preset of open tuning. The capacity to tune 6 to 12-string guitars. As a result, you can play more and tune less.
- Price: $129 to $150
- Features: Vibration sensor, alternate and custom tuning, fully automated string winder, tune accurately in just seconds
Tronical Tune Powertune
- Description: I think this machine is the epitome of all tuners around the market! The polyphonic technology inside this tuner tunes all six strings at once – within seconds – with just one strum. Isn’t that amazing? It comes with an optional app for your mobile phone so you can easily modify the tunings that you’re using the most. You won’t have to touch your tuning pegs again!
- Price: $169 to $200
- Features: Fastest tuner, different tunings (unlimited), high contrast color display, high-quality mechanics, Powertune app
- See how it is installed here: Tronical Tune Powertune
D’Addario Tuning Fork
- Description: The “old school” tuner. This “A” tuning fork is one of the most accurate references to the 440 Hz standard. Matches almost all orchestral instruments. Easy to use and tune instruments by ear. The thing is you have to be careful with this item because if it gets deformed or damaged it will not work properly.
- Price: $12 to $15
- Features: Durable chrome plated finish, molded, ergonomic comfort handle
Kratt Tuner SN10 Pitch Pipe
- Description: Another “old school” tuner on our list. Before the recent arrival of electronic tuners, Pitch Pipes were considered the universal standard. Tuning by ear is literally a training back then. You can use this even without electricity. So, it is a perfect substitute for a modern-day tuner.
- Price: $19 to $22
- Features: E-A-D-G-B-E Standard tuning, nickel tubes, bronze reeds
So basically, that sums up our list of favorite tuners. But in reality, there are so many ways to tune your guitar. You can try looking into getting a built-in guitar tuner or doing it the “pro” way by comparing harmonics on each string. For me, tuning a guitar using harmonics is the best way because of its precise intonations. Better yet, you can just totally do it like how I did back in college – tuning my guitar to a piano.
What do you guys think? Are you going for the free ones or will you be going for those heavy duty gadgets? Let us know what tuner you’re planning to use in the comments section below!
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