Guitar Tuner Reviews: Choosing the Best Guitar Tuner

If you are a guitarist, it’s a given that owning a guitar tuner can be quite handy, especially if you are just buying your first guitar.  Did you know though that guitar tuners can range anywhere from $10 to $300 and upwards?  You would almost think that any guitar tuner is the same, but apparently not!

Fortunately for the average guitar player (that’s you and me), we don’t need to come even close to spending that much. We still have a lot of options.

My Guitar Tuner Recommendations

Korg CA-30 Chromatic Tuner ($19.99)

Key Features

+ Highly sensitive internal mic
+ Tunes chromatically
+ Additional quarter inch input

If you need an acoustic guitar tuner, a highly sensitive mic is crucial so the tuner can pick up the string you are tuning with accuracy.  Some tuners don’t have internal mics.  This one does.  I have a Korg tuner (which I’ll get to in a minute), and I love how easily the tuner picks up my guitar.

When I used my friend’s Korg CA-30, it was very accurate.  The fact that it is a chromatic tuner also allows me to tune my whole guitar down a half step to ‘Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb.’  This is a quality tuner with the most essential features for an acoustic guitar player (or electric guitar player for that matter).  Buy it now.

Intellitouch PT2 Tuner ($29.99)

Key Features

+ “Listens” to string vibrations
+ Tunes chromatically
+ 60 hour battery life

Instead of using an internal mic like the Korg CA-30, the Intellitouch attaches to your acoustic (or electric) guitar’s headstock and “feels” the string vibrations.  The advantage of this is that you can tune your guitar easily even if you are in a noisy environment.

What I like most about the Intellitouch PT2 is that you can tune your guitar in the noisiest environment, even if there are other instruments playing.  This is handy when I’m at rehearsals when everyone else is tuning up their instrument.  It’s easy to use.  You just attach it quickly with one hand.  It’s also very accurate.  Buy it now.

Korg TM-40 Tuner & Metronome ($32.99)

Key Features

+ Highly sensitive internal mic
+ Tunes chromatically
+ Additional quarter inch input
+ Built in metronome w/ headphone output

This is much similar to the Korg CA-30, but it also has a built in metronome! Metronomes are extremely useful for practice.  While it is a bit more money, you don’t have to worry about getting a separate metronome.

The Korg TM-40 is my tuner of choice.  It’s accurate, easy to use, and the built in metronome is especially handy.  It’s nice not having to lug around both a tuner and a metronome. Buy it now.

Conclusion

Korg and Intellitouch make great guitar tuners.  Another good one is by Boss, the Boss TU-80.  I’m very hesitant to recommend anything cheaper than this.  While guitar tuners may have the same features, often times the quality will be quite different.  If you go to cheap, you might not be getting a very accurate guitar tuner!

About Brett McQueen

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter, and the founder and editor of Guitar Friendly and Ukulele Tricks. Learn more about him here and follow him on Twitter at @GuitarFriendly.

Comments

  1. I’ve used the intellitouch before, and found it to be pretty inaccurate. The Korg on the other hand, is a great little tuner.

  2. Les Paul, I’d have to say that the Korg is probably my most favorite out of all them. Easy-to-use, simple and very trustworthy. Can’t ask for more.

  3. I love Korg Tuners. I have been using them for about 10 years now. I’ve never had an issue with them and I typically use the least expensive one’s of the bunch.

  4. Intellitouch PT2 Tuner

    I played in a guitar orchestra for 2 1/2 years, and I used PT2 tuners because they were supplied to the orchestra for free as needed.

    I must have gone through 5-6 PT2 tuners in that time. I thought maybe they just didn’t pick up vibrations well on classical guitars, but to tell the truth, I never could get them to work sufficiently on any of my 12 guitars.

    I’ll list some my guitars, Taylor 514CE, Ramirez 1a, Custom Shop Les Paul, Eric Clapton Strat, Carvin fretless bass, and so on. I’m stating this because I think it should be noted, at least for me, I found this tuner to be unreliable on all types of guitars.

  5. I’d like to add that I’m also a long time fan of Korg tuners. I just found that the PT2 didn’t work well for me.

    I really like the idea of a vibration tuner. Does anyone have any suggestions on other types of vibration tuners on the market that might work better than the PT2?

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  8. I have the Korg GA-30 and it does the job quite nicely. Good price too, so it’s pretty much perfect.

  9. Tony

    I have the original GoGo tuner clip on model and it has a very large and easy to use screen,fast and accurate. let me know what you guys have and like. Thx
    TC

  10. James

    I saw the GoGo at my local store and thought it looked cool. It sounds like a good replacement for my Snark. I can’t read the thing!

  11. Alexa Brooks

    Thanks, Brett
    However I get Ultimate Guitar Tools app. Cause it includes 2 tuners -Chromatic and Brain. And also has Metronome and Chords Library. For me, as for beginner, is the best app ever!

  12. I just downloaded a really nice and free guitar tuner android app the other day called gStrings Free. Unlike many tuner apps that just play a note for you to tune by ear too, this one actually works like a tuner…you play the note and it tells you if it’s in tune.

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