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 the affiliate links to the Peterson tuners on Amazon.com:
Peterson SP-1 StroboPlus HD Programmable Strobe Tuner
Peterson SC-1 Strobo Series StroboClip Guitar Tuner