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You won’t find a bigger or better range of guitar tuners than ours - that’s because
we’ve hunted around the top stores to find the best prices available.
Every musician knows how important it is for their instrument be in tune - and there’s
no easier way to achieve this than by using an electronic guitar tuner.
But you don’t need to flit from site to site looking for a guitar tuner to suit your
budget - we have a huge range from top online stores including Maplins Electronics,
Dolphin Music, Amazon and Gear4Music.
Many of our featured tuners will also tune other stringed instruments including the
violin, cello, banjo, bass guitar and mandolin. A cheap guitar tune costs less than
£10 with prices rising to around £100.
Among the top brand names you’ll find here are Boss, Behringer, Korg, Yamaha, Seiko,
Qwik Tune, Cherub, Marshall, N-Tune, Aroma, Soundlab, Guitar Man, Intellitouch, Rockburn
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Compare prices to find the ideal digital or analogue
electronic guitar tuner for your electric or acoustic guitar
The electronic guitar tuner - the perfect tool for getting in tune quickly
An electronic guitar tuner is the most popular and commonly used device for tuning
an electric or acoustic guitar.
There are hundreds of different models of guitar tuners available these days and
prices vary depending on size and features - a cheap guitar tuner can be found for
less than £10 and the top of the range tuners can cost £100 or more.
The guitarist is spoilt for choice and it's worth checking out the specifications
of a few products before deciding on the guitar tuner that's right for you. Most
guitar tuners are capable of tuning electric and acoustic guitars and many will tune
various other stringed instruments such as the bass guitar, violin or ukulele. Some
tuners feature a built-in metronome too.
There are two main types of guitar tuner - digital and analogue - but both work in
very similar ways with just a few minor differences. The chromatic tuner is popular
Most guitar tuners have an input socket for a lead from your electric guitar and
a built-in microphone which is able to pick up the sound from an acoustic guitar.
Some come with an input socket and output socket which is great for enabling you
to quickly check your tuning during a rehearsal or gig.
If your tuner has two sockets it's simply a case of plugging your electric guitar
lead into the tuner's input socket and then running another jack lead from the output
socket of the tuner into your amplifier - this chaining process allows you to use
your guitar tuner any time you wish without having to disconnect your guitar from
When your guitar lead is plugged into your tuner a signal is sent from the guitar
to the tuner, allowing it to determine to which degree each string is in or out of
Getting in tune with the guitar tuner just couldn't be easier - the built-in digital
electronics do all the work for you. You literally just need to pluck each string
cleanly. Many guitarists choose to use a plectrum when tuning the guitar as it produces
a clear, sharp sound when a string is played.
When you play a string your tuner will recognise its pitch and the device's LED indicators
- usually red and green lights - will determine whether that string is flat or sharp.
Then it's just a case of adjusting the relevant machine head on your guitar until
the tuner indicates that the string is perfectly in tune. Most tuners have a reference
needle which lets you see how in or out of tune a string is.
Some guitar tuners have a selector which lets you choose the specific note in advance
for the string you want to tune - while others just require you to play any string
and the box will light up around the note you're nearest to - then you just fine
tune that particular note.
The former option is sometimes preferable as cheaper tuners without this feature
sometimes struggle to identify the note you are seeking. Also if you've just put
a new string on your guitar it can be difficult for some guitar tuners to identity
the note you require as the string is a long way distant from the correct range -
that's where the option to select a specific note on the tuner is a great advantage.
Guitar tuners are very precise these days and some have several flat and sharp indicators
which will represent up to two semi tones away from the tuned note.
If the instument tuner you are interested in is chromatic it means it will be able
to tune to any note including sharps or flats so it's tuning range will be almost
as wide as the notes on a piano. This type of guitar tuner will be able to tune various
other stringed instruments such as the banjo, ukulele, mandolin, violin and cello.
A guitar tuner which is tailored specifically for the guitar will only be able to
to tune to the notes E,A,D,G,B and E.
A guitar tuner is very easy to operate and you'll find your way around it in no time
at all - they are normally battery operated with user instructions or a guide to
ensure your tuning is trouble-free.
Choosing the guitar tuner that's right for you - digital or analogue?
There really isn't that much difference between an analogue and a digital guitar
tuner - certainly nothing like the difference between analogue and digital recording,
Really it just comes down to a matter of preference - on an analogue tuner there
is an actual needle that responds to pitch and is not part of the LCD display in
the same way as it is on a digital guitar tuner.
Some believe an analogue guitar tuner is more accurate because the needle is not
limited to a specific number of positions - as is the case with the digital LCD alternative
- so it's possible to determine if the string is out of tune to the slightest degree.
A digital guitar tuner on the other hand has a pre-set number of green and red LCD
areas which light up on the guitar tuner screen. But, in all honesty, there’s not
that much difference as a digital guitar tuner is very accurate too.
A guitar tuner with a built-in microphone is excellent for tuning an acoustic guitar
- however, it’s important to find a quiet location to carry out the tuning as the
sensitive microphone will pick up any other background sounds in the area.
A very popular type of guitar tuner is the clip on version. Not only are they very
appealing because your tuner is very close to hand, but they offer a clever way of
tuning your acoustic or electric guitar, with the tuner picking up the vibrations
when you play the string on your instrument you wish to tune.
A clip on guitar tuner normally attaches to the end of the guitar's neck beside the
machine heads. Because this type of guitar tuner is responding to vibrations it is
able to completely isolate surrounding noise.
The foot pedal guitar tuner is another innovation which is popular with some guitarists.
It is similar in appearance to other guitar effects pedals and has a stomp button
which is pressed with the foot and features a large LCD screen. If you’re into hands
free tuning a foot pedal guitar tuner is an excellent option - although you can expect
a price tag to be considerably higher than that of a traditional electronic guitar
Many guitarists resort to using an online guitar tuner - this is fine if you are
at home and have access to a computer, but if you want access to a guitar tuner in
any location then buying an electronic guitar tuner is clearly your best option.
Whether you're looking for a cheap guitar tuner or a more expensive device such a
floor mounted pedal tuner, we have a very impressive range of products for you to
take a look at from some of the UK's top music and electronics stores. We're convinced
you won't find a better range of guitar tuners anywhere else - just select the price
range you're interested in and take a look at various products to find the guitar
tuner that's right for you.