Top positive review
The one you want.
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
The problem with all of these tuners is this. A simple program and mic on your phone will be able to accurately convert the frequency to a digital format that can be read for accuracy. i.e. you can download a tuner software on your iPhone and tune your guitar.
But - that's just not easy for me - and many others. I want something right there on my guitar that I can use.
I have looked for super high end, high quality tuners but have not found one. I wanted one with extreme accuracy that is made of high quality materials - that will last a very long time.
Here's the problem. Every one of these guitar tuners (similar to this one) believes they are competing with the iPhone software that's free. So they make these things and CHEAP AS POSSIBLE! yes - low quality plastics and parts. They try to hit the 10 dollar mark.
If you look around, you will see ones that come with capos. (really?! how much money did they actually spend making that tuner if they are including a 5 dollar capo for 10 dollars total?!)
That said. you will see these cheap plastic tuners for around 10-30 dollars. I have bought and returned the ones above 10 bucks for various reasons (reason 1) they could not tune the guitar. hitting a D string seemed impossible - which meant their components were junk - thus they are making bank by putting super low quality parts inside. Reason 2) the plastic buttons were so cheap that you could not turn it on. yes, I bought a 25 dollar "best of the best" recommended tuner and it struggled to tune the d string A AND I could not turn it on as those super cheap plastic buttons were just broken on arrival - complete garbage. there are other reasons - just assume all cheaply made - poor quality components).
After buying the - "best", I went and looked at this brand. keep in mind that I bought a few of the best of the best (as I wanted a tuner on my guitar that I could access at any time). they all had crazy problems with quality. yet - I bought a few of these at completely different times and all worked. that's amazing as zero of the expensive ones worked.
For around 10 bucks, you can't get better.
Memo to these tuner makers (yes - I am an engineer). you are not competing with that software app on the phone. Guys like me would pay to get a super high end quality tuner with super high end parts to have off the end of my high end Martin guitars. I have no desire to use the software on my iPhone. yes - I have a great ear but in concert - its super hard to hear and that thing at the end of my guitar had better be amazing. for now I am ok with 10 dollar cheap tuners (and this brand has proven to be the best that I have found) but I plan to either make my own with great parts or find a maker willing to make something high end.
in any case - get this one if you are looking for a solid tuner. they are very nice and cannot be beat for the price.
Nicely done Snark! you get my 5 star award!