Best guitar tuners 2024: chromatic, polyphonic, and strobe options

A good tuner should be the first purchase on any guitarist's list, even if it isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll ever buy. As well as being the first thing you need to use when you pick up your guitar, the best guitar tuners are first on any pedalboard, first in any recording signal chain, and unless you’re one of the 0.01% of humans with perfect pitch, you’re going to need one.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.

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