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The Trials And Tribulations Of The Devil's Instrument.

review: tuners

Is your guitar out of tune and your miles away from someone who can tune it?  Just can’t figure out how to keep in tune with other people?  You need a tuner, but there’s so many choices out there?  Which kind do I get?  Where do I get it?  Well, don’t get frustrated, here’s some tips.

If you are a beginning guitar player and just looking for a basic tuner for your acoustic guitar, you want something that’s easy to use and isn’t much of a hassle.  Since you can’t plug your guitar into a tuner, you’ll want something that can ” hear ” your guitar without plugging in.  There are several kinds of these tuners but in my opinion one of the best is the Snark Tuner. It’s available at Amazon or any music store, is cheap and easy to use. Here’s a link to some more information.

What I like best about this tuner is that it clips directly onto the guitar, right on the headstock. You don’t have to worry about outside noise interfering with your tuning because it’s a direct vibration sensor, allowing you to tune in noisy environments. The snark automatically determines what string it’s tuning and let’s you know if the note is sharp or flat and registers when it’s in tune. It’s also chromatic, so you can tune odd tunings instead of just the standard tuning on the guitar. It’s small and doesn’t take up much space in the guitar case. Overall, a great tuner at a great price. And it comes in different colors.

But what if your not around your tuner, can’t find it, or your’s is broken?  There’s a great app for your Android smartphone or Iphone, and it’s called gStrings. gStrings works just like a regular tuner by allowing you to tune to a specific note or to tune automatically. It also sounds the note you’re tuning. A great app for your phone, here’s a link.

Now for all you electric players. If you’re using a pedal board, there’s probably already a tuner inside it, so I won’t go into details on those. But if you’re looking for a separate pedal for tuning, I would recommend the Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner. It’s an indestructible little pedal that has a small footprint, which means it doesn’t take up much space. The battery last a long time, and in my opinion, the greatest thing is that it’s SILENT and has true bypass. What this means is that when you turn it on, no sound will come out of your amp, so you can tune silently, cause really, no one wants to hear you tuning, especially at volume. It has bright lights, very easy to read in dim lighting, and has four display modes. To find out more, here’s a link;