Clip-on guitar tuners- are there any that are worth buying?

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  1. KennyM

    KennyM Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it does go through batteries especially since I’m never really sure if it’s been turned off, but I’ve gotten too used to the sweetened tunings on the strobostomp.
     
  2. Ringo

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    D’Addario NS Micro, I have a couple and they work fine for me. I still have my Daddario chromatic pedal tuner and when I use it, the built in tuner in my PodGo.
     
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    The Polytone is great. The Reverb isn't bad though sometimes one will miss a string entirely but once the others are in tune, no big to ear it.
     
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    Yes - my problem with Snarks is that ball joint - bad point of failure. Otherwise, they work well contrast-wise when the battery is fresh...
     
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    I have Snarks and the Reverb ones. All bought within a year of coming out so low intro prices.
    Snarks have mostly been great. Make sure you have some super glue nearby for breaks. By now some are cobbled together, i think I have 3 of an original 5 left of the light blue ones.
    Re: Reverb tuner - They were all $1/$2 I think I've had about 8, I have about three left. They are slower than snarks, a bit twitchy but get the job done at home. Glue/tape repair jobs don't last long.
    It's real nice having a tuner on each guitar, and the Snark is a clear winner.
    Only issue is as net head-stock tuner price has gone up a lot, and there's the issue of attrition, I'm reaching more for my hand-held tuners.
    Buy batteries for little $ on Amazon.
     
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  6. ntotoro

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    Love the PolyTune, especially with acoustic guitars. When I bought mine a few years go, it also came with a download for a plug-in that works with pretty much any DAW. Works just as well as my pedal PolyTune.
     
  7. joebloggs13

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    Plus one on Polytune. I use it for my acoustics. Polytune pedal for electrics.
     
  8. Davy

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    I use the Peterson Stroboclip now and find the sweetened tunings indispensable on my acoustics. I think the ACU setting was based on James Taylor's and it's great if you use a capo a lot. It does eat batteries more than my Snarks did but it's a far better tuner IMO.
     
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    TC Polytune is out of stock everywhere in EU...
     
  10. Eveningtheme

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    These are by far my favorite guitar invention ever.

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    Super discrete, accurate enough and cheap enough to put one hidden under the bottom right headstock of every instrument I own.

    I think if you're really passionate about tuning and accuracy, you should be using a pedal.

    But the fact that I can take a guitar in a gig bag, grab a RAT and not worry about messing around with heavy pedalboards, yet another thing to plug into the wall has really made life simpler.

    I REALLY don't get the guys that hate clip ons so much on here.
     
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  11. Rumzdizzle

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    The red Snarks are super solid but the Polytune is my go-to clip on. Also bought a few D'Dario micro tuner, they work fine for what they and gets pretty damn close to where you need to be. Picked up a Swiff branded clip-on, its garbage... barley recognizes anything unless its dead quite and you have to pick like a dick head to get it to recognize your not.
     
  12. Rumzdizzle

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    Yes there are the ones I have, cheap and come in two packs.
     
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    I like the small D'addarios too. They get the job done with a small size. They had some with a screw mount that let you screw on in to one of your guitar tuners (machine heads) so it won't fall off or get lost. I put those on several of my guitars and love them. I don't see them for sale anymore now though.

    Like some others have said, I prefer a good pedal tuner like the polytune when I'm using my pedal board. The problem arises when I go to a jam with my katana and don't have the board with me.
     
  14. edward

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    Super low profile ...slick! I still have Snarks laying around the practice room and various gigbags, but this unit looks nice and is priced similarly. Thanks for the pic!

    Edward
     
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    These are the ones, much improved over the original design!
     
  16. Henry Terry

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    I do not like the Snark clip-on tuner. The rubber that covers the bottom disc grip keeps coming off and is very difficult to put back on. Also, the tuner keeps springing out of my hand when I open it to put on the headstock. Finally, it takes too long to stabilize for the tuning of each string. Before the Snark, I had another clip-on tuner whose brand I don't remember which also kept springing out of my hand when I went to put it on and which also took too long to stabilize.

    As soon as I can get to Guitar Center (now that they are open), I am going to get a pedal tuner.
     
  17. nowhere

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    I bought one for my upright bass. I was playing regularly with a group at the time and needed to be able to tune in a noisy room and the Korg and Seiko tuners I already had left their microphones active even when they were plugged in to a cord and the extraneous noises always threw then off. I like it so much I've ended up using it on all my instruments.
     
  18. EarleG

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    Snarks here - very accurate to a strobe tuner I have.
    I set the readout part behind the head stock so not much is visible, not that it matters.
     
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    The Snarks are pretty good for me, but if you look hard at the clasp it snaps.
     
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    Pedals for me. The glossy black Gibson headstock is very easy to scratch and I'm not clamping anything to mine....
     

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