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For playing live or recording, it's important that your guitar as close to perfectly in tune as possible.

Very few people have a perfect ear, so most (if not all) guitarists use tuners before they record or perform live.

Some tuners, however, are more accurate than others. This is important to pay attention to when shopping for the one that's best for you.

If you play live often, it's also important that you're able to see your tuners indicators while on stage in the dark or with bright daytime light present.

To help you through your shopping process, we asked guitarists what their favorite tuners are, and why they love them.


Chan Maurice Evans from YOUPEOPL

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What's the best guitar tuner?

I recommend either the Boss TU-3 or the Korg Pitchblack.

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal

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98VWPC Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner

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What makes them awesome?

Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. Both of these tuners are durable, affordable, but most of all, accurate to a cent. I've owned both and couldn't be happier with their performance. I currently have the Korg on my board. However, both are easy to read onstage, under lights or out doors in the daytime. The Korg is set like an oscilloscope. The Boss has a couple different setting capabilities.

Miguel Sequeira


What's the best guitar tuner?

TC Electronic PolyTune 3

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What makes it awesome?

  • Ultra-compact.
  • Preserves your tone.
  • Accuracy within 0.1 cents.
  • Strum all strings.

Ryan Baustert from Throw the Fight

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What's the best guitar tuner?

Korg Toneworks DTR-2 rack tuner

What makes it awesome?

I'm a big fan of the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" rule of thumb. I don't know that this tuner is necessarily the best, but I've been using mine for almost 10 years at this point. It still reads an input very quickly so this tuner gets major durability points from me.

Joe Delaney from The Minerals

What's the best guitar tuner?

TC Electronics Polytune Clip-on

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What makes it awesome?

Ease of use, of course. It's also pivots so it's very easy to read. I've yet to change my battery. Other than that, I can tune my bass in.a matter of seconds.

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