Types of Different Guitar Tuners

Some people start playing an instrument simply for their own satisfaction, whereas some people devote their entire lives to play a certain instrument and they try to be the best at what they do.

The guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments and a lot of people choose to learn it since it’s popular in the music industry, as well as with their peers.

There are a couple of hard decision all of them have to make, and that is the right choice of their guitar and tuner. Finding a perfect combination of these two items can mean the world to your individual style. Here are different types of tuners available on the market today.

First of all, all tuners can be classified as chromatic and non-chromatic. Non-chromatic tuners are often cheaper and are able to recognize standard tones of tuning (EADGBE).

Chromatic tuners are able to determine exactly which note you are playing and are able to determine how close you are to the relative semi-tone.

Chromatic tuners are more expensive, but they generally offer more features and they are often recommended for guitar players.

The second division includes both chromatic and non-chromatic tuners which can generally be classified in many different categories.

1.  Standard Tuners

Standard tuners generally arrive in small boxes which don’t offer a nice, modern design, but they arrive with an affordable, cheap price.

They can be both chromatic and non-chromatic. Most standard tuners arrive prepacked with a metronome or another similar useful function unavailable in other tuners.

These tuners register sound via a built-in microphone for acoustic guitars and an input jack for electrical guitars. The main issue with standard tuners can be its inability to cancel out the background noise.

The most popular example would be the Korg GA1 Guitar and Bass Tuner which offers high accuracy with a retro, mechanical design.

2.  Clip on Tuners

Clip on tuners can be attached to you guitar headstock and they tune your guitar by registering the vibrations which occur when you strum your strings. They are often small and compact and can be purchased for a low price.

You can also leave them on your guitar for quick adjustments which can be undertaken even during a live performance or a gig.

A major advantage they offer is they can operate precisely even in noisy areas since they don’t register any background noise or even guitar sound, but the vibration of strings. However, people generally feel like they look unprofessional and you really don’t have any additional features or functions.

Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner is a famous model which operates as a clip-on tuner with its high efficiency and accuracy.

3.  Pedal Tuners

Pedal tuners are installed like a part of your equipment and they don’t require any clipping on or plugging in or out. They offer a traditional design and functionality but they have many advantages over other types of guitar tuners.

Pedal tuners can also operate with a very high precision even in loud and noisy environments, which means you can tune your guitar in front of your crowd with ease.

Its accuracy and simplicity have attracted guitarists from all around the world and pedal tuners offer a professional tuning, hence they are generally used by professional guitar players.

However, there are two downsides: it can only be used for electrical acoustic and electrical guitars and these tuners belong to the category of pricey tuners.

Donner Dt-1 Chromatic Guitar Tuner is a good example of a professional guitar tuner which comes with a fair price and a satisfying performance even in the worst of situations.

4.  Polyphonic Tuners

Polyphonic tuners are still new and they are slowly fighting for their place on the guitar tuner market. Many different companies have started producing polyphonic tuners which are modern and offer a high range of different features and functions.

A great feature they offer is tuning all of your strings at once. Some tuners struggle with this function, but improvements are yet to be made. They are faster and more expensive than other tuners.

There are pedal and standard polyphonic tuners. Standard polyphonic tuners utilize the built-in microphone to detect your acoustical guitar and pedal polyphonic tuners can only be used with electrical guitars.

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner is the most popular polyphonic tuner whose feature of tuning all strings simultaneously amazed professional guitarists from all around the world.