Best Guitar Tuner Apps

The 9 Best Guitar Tuner Apps

If you’re looking for the best guitar tuner app, you’re likely to go search the App Store for “guitar tuner” …and you’ll get 452 results.  That’s a lot of guitar tuners.  But which one is best?  After downloading some apps, reading up, and asking around in some forums, here’s our list of the 9 best guitar tuner apps (ranked by order).

About this particular list of guitar tuner apps:

  • App store reviews are shown for both the most recent version of the app and the overall history of the app.
  • This list is decidedly slanted towards the iOS world, but Android versions have been noted where applicable.
  • As noted in the HarmonyCentral forum, even the best guitar tuner apps are not the most reliable in gigging situations due to background noise.  Still, they’re darned handy.

UPDATE:

I’ve recently started using a new tuner app:  VITALtuner.  It’s a huge step up in terms of features, accuracy, and design.  It’s definitely my new favorite.  For more info,  check out the in-depth review here.

UPDATE 2:

Looking for real, physical, plug-your-instrument-in guitar tuners?  Check out the post I’ve written up on the best guitar tuners that will match any guitar player’s style. 


Cleartune

1.  Cleartune – Chromatic Tuner

by Bitcount ltd. | Website
Platform: iOS and Android
Reviews: 142 (4.5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 3,134 (4 stars)
Price: $3.99  

The Verdict: A clean, accurate interface for tuning any instrument.  Highly reviewed, recommended in the forums, with testimonials like Roseanne Cash, Ezra Oklan, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, etc.  The overall best guitar tuner app out there.  The downside: a little pricey.

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GuitarToolkit

2. Guitar Toolkit

by Agile Partners | Website
Platform: iOS
Reviews: 27 (4 stars)
Overall Reviews: 3,755 (4.5 stars)
Price: $9.99

The Verdict:  The tuner  in Guitar Toolkit get’s great reviews. But the app also includes a host of other features: metronome, chords, scales, arpeggios. If you’re willing to pay a bit more to get more features, this would be the overall winner.

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Cadenza3. Cadenza: Tuner + Metronome

by Codewise Systems | Website
Reviews: 37 (4.5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 382 (4.5 stars)
Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99
In-App Purchases: Pro Features $.99 (includes metronome flash, sequencing of multiple time signatures)

The Verdict:  A solid tuner with great reviews.  The second music tool you would want on your phone is a metronome, so getting these together is a perfect deal.  Combine that with the lower price, and this is a close competitor for the best.

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iStrobosoft4. iStrobosoft

by Peterson Tuners | Website
Reviews: 19 (4.5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 444 (4.5 stars)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: $9.99

The Verdict:   Aimed at multi-instruments (guitar, bass, brass, woodwind). Has the usual chromatic and guitar modes, auto and manual.

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Pano5. Pano-Tuner (Paid)

by Jung-gun Lim | Website
Reviews: 14 (5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 92 (4.5 stars)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: $1.99

The Verdict:  Not as many reviews, but they tend to be raving positive. Also recommended in Harmony Central discussion. There’s a free version (below) that gives advanced settings for tuning style and harmonies.

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Pano Free6. Free Chromatic Tuner: Pano Tuner

by Jung-gun Lim | Website
Reviews: 141 (4.5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 1,000 (5 stars)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: Free

The Verdict:  A great basic tuner for guitar and bass.  And you can’t beat the price.

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Pitchbot7. Pitchbot – Smart Chromatic Tuner

by Yonac Inc. | Website
Reviews: 11 (4.5 stars)
Overall Reviews: 429 (3 stars)
Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99

The Verdict:  This app aims at multi-instrumental use – guitars, strings, woodwinds, brass.  For non-guitar applications, this would be worth considering.

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TuneORama8. TuneORama

by Yonac Inc. | Website
Reviews: 124 (4 stars)
Overall Reviews: 722 (3 stars)
Platform: iOS
Price: $2.99

The Verdict:  Specifically designed for “Guitar and Bass”. Guitar and Chromatic modes.  The interface reminds us of the classic Boss tuners that we all know so well.

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Gibson9. Gibson Learn & Master w/ Studio Share

by Legacy Learning Systems | Website
Reviews: 53 (3 star)
Overall Reviews: 27,361 (3 stars)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: Free
In-App Purchases:

The Verdict:  A collaboration between Gibson and the Learn & Master Guitar Course (by Legacy Learning Systems). The goal seems to be that a beginner could download this app and immediately have basic music tools (tuner, metronome, chord charts) and some introductory guitar lessons. From the reviews, it sounds like it may be effective for that. But some advanced players notice that the tools and lessons peter out eventually. Also, one concern is that it was last updated May 18, 2012.

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BONUS ROUND

9 Best Guitar Tuner Apps - Pro Guitar tuner10. Pro Guitar Tuner

by JR Innovation AB
iOS Reviews: 9 (3.5 stars)
Android Reviews: 24 (4.8 stars)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: Free / $3.99

The Verdict:  The Pro Guitar Tuner app has a lot going for it.  The analog-feeling tuning needle is very intuitive.  A library of natural sounds allows you to ‘play’ the correct string pitch from your phone and tune to it.  Presets are included for variety of stringed instruments.  The impressive thing, though, is the large number of alternate tuning presets.  There are dozens and dozens of built-in tunings to explore.  And you can ‘favorite’ them to keep a shortlist handy.

It’s a simple, effective, and well-designed app.  The only technical drawback is that it doesn’t orient to landscape mode, and it doesn’t offer the ability to tweak the tuning values of individual strings (you can change the overall 440Hz reference, though).

Available in paid and free versions for iOS and Android.

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What tuner apps do you like?  Let us know in the comments below: