As far as guitar pedals go, there’s not many more important than a good tuner pedal. A tuner pedal allows a guitarist to avoid serious embarrassment on stage, and tune up quickly by muting while mid-performance. Standard tuners don’t really get the job done as well, and can lead to delays during a show, which aren’t a great idea. The audience gets restless if a band isn’t playing music.
Here’s a look at how you can pick a great guitar tuner pedal to use in live performances.
1. Looks – You’ve got to consider the aesthetics of anything you’re bringing on stage with you, and this extends to tuner pedals. Does the pedal you’re considering look cool? More importantly, is it too large or too small to operate comfortably? Look at the mechanism that the guitar pedal uses for a stomp box. You may prefer a switch or pedal, but it’s worth considering how it’ll feel under your foot every night. After all, you’ll probably be stepping on your guitar tuner pedal more than any of your other effects.
2. Durability – Speaking of stepping on an effect pedal a lot, another thing to consider is how durable your pedal will be. Look for tuner pedals that are made from high quality metal and springs, and that can take the rigors of the stage. The best way to look for pedal durability is to check user reviews on the Internet. A good tuner pedal will have users commenting about its durability in the comments. Remember, once you get your pedal, treat it a little bit carefully and it’ll last a lot longer.
3. Usability – Many modern tuners tune down to a fraction of a note, and tuner pedals are typically very accurate. Rather than worry about whether the pedal will tune, pay special attention to how its interface works. It’s good to find a guitar pedal that works for you, that you can easily read and won’t jump all over the place. Even if you’re considering buying a guitar tuner pedal online, it’s a good idea to visit a guitar store first to try out different models and see what features you like.
4. Price – A big consideration for many guitarists is price. Tuner pedals range quite a bit in pricing, from $30 to over two hundred. Most guitarists will be completely satisfied with something around $80-90, and this is where the most popular pedals tend to be priced. Don’t underpay, or you’ll probably get a cheap unit that will break right away. On the same token, don’t pay too much for a tuner pedal that you don’t need.
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