Electronic Guitar Tuner Reviews

The Best Electronic Guitar Tuners

Electronic guitar tuners are used to tune the strings of both acoustic and electric guitars. Using guitar tuners enable finer and easier tuning. For most people using an electronic guitar tuner is much easier than tuning by ear. I find that an electric guitar is invaluable. Because tuning is less of a chore I tune-up more frequently and having my guitar always in tune really make practicing so much more enjoyable, and hopefully less annoying for my family!

Guitar tuner prices

Guitar tuners tuners are available from $10 to well over $500, so there should be one to suit everyone’s budget.

Guitar tuners under $20

Korg GA-40 Chromatic Tuner

The Korg GA-40 chromatic tuner is a good example of the type of electronic guitar tuner which comes under $20. Korg have an excellent reputation and the GA-40 works very well and gives fine tuning for the guitar strings. It has highly sensitive internal microphones which pick up the sound and tunes chromatically. Unlike some other inexpensive tuners the Korg GA-40 does have a good quality internal microphone. For the price the Korg GA-40 is very good value for money and would be near the top of my list for a sub $20 tuner

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Intellitouch PT-20 Tuner

The Intellitouch PT-20 Tuner another tuner around the $20 price point. The PT-20 tunes the strings chromatically is also a good basic electronic guitar tuner. The PT-20 does no have an internal microphone. Instead the tuner is attached to the head stock of the guitar with a clip having a sensor in it. The tuner senses the sounds of the strings. This has the advantage of enabling tuning the guitar strings in a noisy environment such as whilst onstage. The Intellitouch PT-20 Tuner has a battery life of 60 hours.

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Guitar tuners $20-$50

Korg TM 40 tuner

In this price bracket there are some really good guitar tuners. For example the Korg TM-40 is a tuner which has an internal metronome and comes in around at $33 online. It is worth noting that there are often good deals for this tuner on Amazon. The addition of a metronome can really help the guitarist keep time. The Korg TM 40 has an additional quarter inch output and a good an internal microphone and a good metronome. Overall a very good buy in our opinion. It is worth noting that there are often good deals for this tuner on Amazon.

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Guitar tuners $50-$100

My recommendations for  a Guitar tuners in the $50-$100 price bracket are:

Korg Pitchblack True Bypass Chromatic Tuner Pedal with 4 Display Modes and Seiko SAT1100 Chromatic Tuner

Korg Pitchblack

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The Korg Pitchblack is a Chromatic Pedal Tuner with a large, clear LED display. The Pitchblack meter display can be switched between four modes including:

Meter mode

Meter mode is like using a needle meter to tune your instrument.

Full Strobe mode

Tuning your guitar so that the LED meters stop streaming and the tuning guide LED’s are lit.

Half Strobe mode

In this mode when the guitar’s pitch is correct only the centre LED will be lit.

Mirror mode

In this mode you tune your guitar so that both tuning guide LED’s are lit.

The Korg Pitchblack is a fully featured pedal tuner that is excellent value for money.

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Seiko SAT1100 Chromatic Tuner

The Seiko SAT1100 Chromatic Tuner is a fantastic tuner with a large clear VU Meter that makes tuning a breeze.

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Guitar tuners above $100

The TC Poly-Chromatic Tru-Bypass Pedal Tuner stands out for value and comprehensive features. The TC PolyTune has a list price of $149. Its grreat value at $149, but is currently on special offer at Amazon

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Seiko ST1200 Chromatic Tuner – Pro Model

The Seiko ST1200 Chromatic Tuner is a Pro tuner and this is reflected in both the features and the price. This is an excellent guitar tuner and the good news is that there are some great deals online for this tuner at the moment.

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Top Guitar tuner manufacturers

Who makes the best electronic guitar tuner? In the field of electronic guitar tuners, Korg, Intellitouch and Boss are well known brands that have top ranking for cost and quality.

Fender make their own guitar tuner so if you’re lucky enough to own a Strat, you might like to check out the matching Fender guitar tuner. Surprisingly this can be had online from around $75 from Amazon.

Other Guitar tuner manufacturers to check out include Ibanez, Planet Waves, and String Master who all also produce good quality guitar tuners.


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