Tuner comparison, 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 latest 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.
March 2015 Update
I made this video two years ago. Since that, my tuning ‘habits’ have somewhat changed. These days, I primarily use the Takamine’s tuner embedded into its preamp for quick tuning (usually when playing live), and use Peterson Stroboplus HD at home and for recordings. Stroboplus HD is good for my aging eyes, and I also use it as a metronome (but it costs extra money).
That original ‘blue’ Snark lost his clamp but lived for a good couple of years. I’ve got another one (black), but rarely used it.
My Peterson Stroboclip lost one rubber pad inside the clip and I haven’t found anything which can reliably/conveniently replace it.
August 2017 Update
In 2017, I replaced my wide-neck, 12 fret neck-to-body joint Takamine TF740FS by Taylor 416CE Ltd 2011 with the longer and narrower neck. Taylor guitars don’t have embedded tuners, so I switched back to Snark and use it when I play on stage. I don’t do guitar recording anymore, so I sold Peterson Stroboplus HD and switched to software tuner in my iPad at home. So, my current tuning gear includes Snark ST-8(B) Super Tight All Instrument Tuner, and a Boss Tuner app for iPad. Even with that, I still believe that Stroboplus HD was the most useful, accurate and versatile tuner AND metronome at my home, especially if you don’t want to deal with software tuners.
Since the last update, Peterson has made a new portable tuner, Peterson SC-HD Clip Tuner, which is a newer version of the old Peterson Stroboclip. You might want to read more about this and other tuners via the links below.
You can find additional information about these two tuner makers at their web sites: