Tune Up With The 5 Best Clip-On Guitar Tuners

While there are a handful of different tuners anyone can pick from that will lead you to get your guitar or bass in tune, clip-on tuners that you place on your headstock are some of the most popular ones out there, and are especially used often by those who enjoy performing live or intend to in the future!

This article will share with you some of the best clip-on tuners that serve different budgets and come in varying styles and features so that you can find one that suits you and your personal needs.

1. Korg Pitchclip 2

I love Korg tuners and metronomes, and like many of their other accessories, their clip-on tuner is affordable and one of the most compact ones you can find.

The design allows itself to fit nicely anywhere on your headstock, especially in between the tuning pegs, which isn’t something every clip-on guitar tuner can do because of the shape of their screens.


2. Snark ST-8

Snark tuners are excellent and have all of the qualities you want in one, namely being simple and accurate, which is possible due to its very tight clamping mechanism that picks up your instrument’s vibrations very well; after all, the ST stands for Super Tight!

The rounded display helps it stand out from others, not only in looks, but it’s also able to rotate 360 degrees too, and therefore, can find itself fitting in most areas on your headstock.

3. Fender FCT-2

The FCT-2 clip-on tuner by Fender is extremely popular amongst beginner and professional guitarists and bassists alike because of its small size, easy-to-read display, and rotating hinges.

Importantly, it’s sturdy and sensitive to detecting the vibrations on your guitar, which lets you get a very accurate tuning, but that’s something you should expect from any good clip-on tuner.

4. KLIQ EcoTuner

KLIQ might not be as well-known as some of the other brands in this guide, but I’m definitely a fan of their products, like the Metropitch Metronome and Tuner combo, as well as their padded guitar straps.

That being said, one of the main advantages their clip-on tuner has over some of the other ones on the market is that it consists of a USB-rechargeable battery. Most clip-on guitar tuners use a CR3032 battery, which tends to last quite a while, but rechargeability is a neat feature to have any day of the week.

5. TC Electronics Polytune Clip

The Polytune Clip-On by TC Electronics is easily one of the most high-quality headstock guitar tuners on the market due to its stainless steel construction, high precision, and its ability to read the tuning of multiple strings at once with its gorgeous display.

The only drawback is that it is considerably pricier than some of the other clip-on guitar tuners in this guide, but if you want the best of the best and can take advantage of what it offers, it’s absolutely worth it.


Whether you’re playing live and don’t feel like looking down at a tuning pedal, or you’re simply playing at home or in the studio and want something super convenient, a clip-on guitar tuner can be a fantastic choice.

Hopefully, one of these recommendations will catch your eye, but ultimately, they will serve their purpose, and that’s to help you stay in tune and sound good!