Original post (March 2012)
In this video guitar tuners review, I put Snark SN-1 and Peterson StroboClip guitar tuners side by side on a nylon string guitar and captured the tuning process. The results of the comparison are not so straightforward. I don’t want to tell which tuner is better and which one is worse. They are both good, and they are good in different scenarios.
I use Peterson Stroboclip for recordings or when I want to hear my guitar absolutely in tune, especially when the song has a lot to play mid- or up the neck. Peterson’s Guitar (GTR) temperament setting helps there a lot – at least, psychologically. It takes me a little bit longer to tune up with Stroboclip than with Snark. I saw that Laurence Juber uses that tuner all the times on his performances.
I prefer Snark when I don’t need Peterson’s precision. Actually, I’ve got two Snark tuners – Sn-1 and SN-8. Noisy gigs, quick practice at home, strumming – in such cases Snark works just fine and is a clear winner for me. It’s easier and faster to use. And it’s cheaper too.
Snark is sturdy and easy/cheap to replace. Stroboclip is fragile. Actually, my Stoboclip lost one of the elastic supports (the round ‘washer’ contacting the guitar’s surface) and I can’t use it anymore. Here is the affiliate link to the Snark SN-8 on Amazon.com: Snark SN-8(B) Super Tight All Instrument Tuner
I am thinking about buying another Peterson tuner – StroboPlus HD as the ‘ultimate tuning machine’ and as an advanced metronome. It should be easier to read & use than Stroboclip (my eyes are not so young anymore 🙂 ). It’s not so portable as Stroboclip, but that’s fine with me.
And here are a couple of links to Peterson tuners on Amazon.com:
Peterson SP-1 StroboPlus HD Programmable Strobe Tuner
Peterson SC-1 Strobo Series StroboClip Guitar Tuner