It’s time we do a review of a clip on guitar tuner. We do a lot of de-tuning, re-tuning, fine-tuning – basically all your tuning. For ages, I used a pedal tuner to prep guitars before they went out the door. It worked well, but was inconvenient and sometimes didn’t provide the level of accuracy I needed for spot-on intonation. If you’re a guitar tinkerer, you’re going to want one of these clip-on guitar tuners!
I had played guitar for over 10 years, and didn’t know what a clip-on tuner was. Yes, I know, I must live in a box, but in case you’re not familiar with them, the clip-on tuner typically attaches to your headstock and uses a contact microphone to detect string pitch.
Clip on tuners range in price from $10-$75+. Snark, my favorite tuner company, offers the SN1 Guitar Tuner for only $14. I picked up one of these for my home workbench last week and wanted to do a quick review!
Dead-on accurate, no questions about it. It doesn’t seem to matter what position the tuner is in, or what type of headstock it is attached to. I am getting consistent readings and all are on pitch, even with surrounding noise.
One thing I noticed would be that it can be a bit sluggish in “catching up” as you turn a tuner. To resolve this, I turn slowly once I reach my “target area.” However, For the price, I’m not going to complain.
Small screens and low contrast can make reading a screen at the end of your headstock a bit tough, especially if you’re performing. The tuner uses multiple color cues, a large letter for the string, and has a pivoting head so that you can angle it how you like it.
As everything with guitar, the thing’s gotta look neat. The blue is just about the coolest color I’ve seen a tuner come in. It has nice curves, and…okay I’ll stop there.