Guitar Tuners keep your guitar in tune and are without a doubt the most fundamentally important part of any performance.
The answer is pretty much in the question. The sound of an out of tune guitar can empty a room quicker than a fire alarm and your audience will quickly find you out. Plus keeping your guitar or bass in tune is a great tool for learners as it will help you get to grips with the string order and how they should sound when in tune.
Most guitar tuners are super easy to use but they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether you're using a tuner like the Tourtech Clip-On Instrument Tuner that clips onto the headstock of your guitar - or a plug-in tuner pedal like the BOSS TU-3S, the concept is pretty simple - just play the open string and adjust your tuning machines accordingly.
Guitar tuners typically range from £5 through to £100 which means you're definitely going to find a suitable tuner no-matter what your budget is. The BOSS pedals are ideal for professional players who need to adjust their tunings while onstage quickly - but if that's slightly out of your budget then the Landlord FX Lock In Tuner Pedal makes a more affordable compromise. We'd recommend the budget-friendly TOURTECH clip-on tuners if you're just starting out in the world of guitar or are an informal player as they still deliver results at a fraction of the price.
If you're a new guitar player after a tuner for your electric or acoustic guitar - then you might want to consider buying a starter pack or bundle. This is because they include a guitar, tuner plus usually a strap, cable or even an amp. This is basically everything you need to start your playing adventure. They also make for perfect gifts and are a lot more cost-effective than buying components individually. Browse all of these bundle options featuring tuners in our guitar starter packs page.
We stock a huge range of guitar tuners that are great for a variety of different situations - across trusted brands such as Boss, Korg, Samson and TC Electronic including chromatic, clip-on, stomp pedal, and guitar rack tuners. All options are reliable but as we mentioned before it ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you're just starting out and need to keep your guitar in tune for casual practice then a TOURTECH option will be fine. If you're in a band regularly playing live that needs to change tunings on the fly then a BOSS or Landlord pedal will be a much better fit.
We stock lots of guitar tuners here at PMT at a variety of price points. If you need further advice or guidance on which tuner is best for you then be sure to visit your nearest PMT store to explore your options.