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The Best Ukulele Tuners On The Market

Which one's your favorite?

by Frances Lin
Ukulele Freboard

Perhaps the most important accessory for your ukulele is a tuner. After all, the very first thing you should do when picking up your uke is tuning it up, right? And a tuner just makes that process so much easier. So which tuner to get? There are many ukulele tuners out there, and the Terry Carter Music Store has a wide variety of tuners that you can choose from. Most of my tuners were purchased at the TCMS, and in this article I will cover the details about the top three tuners in the store. One of them is my favorite, and I have gifted it to many ukulele players!

How You Use Most Tuners

But first, let’s talk about how to use a tuner. Most tuners work relatively the same way with small differences in the presentation on the tuner screen. You simply clip the tuner on to the top of your headstock. This micro tuner is probably the smallest one you will find and can be left on the headstock of your ukulele. After clipping the tuner on, you turn on the tuner by pressing on the power button. Then you simply pluck each string G-C-E-A and read where that pitch is on the tuner screen. You turn the tuning pegs in either direction depending on where your pitch is as you tune the ukulele. You repeat this for each string until your ukulele is in tune. Now you are ready to jam! Let’s check out the tuners!

D’Addario Micro Headstock Clip on Tuner

This is the number one tuner on my list, and it is my favorite tuner. You can find it at this link, D’Addario Micro Headstock Tuner. My favorite feature of this tuner is its size. Because it is so small, this tuner can be left clipped on your ukulele headstock even when it is in a gig bag or hard shell case. Because of its size and ease of use,  this is the tuner that I recommend for all levels of ukulele players. You can even buy them in packs of two if you have multiple ukuleles. It makes a great gift for the ukulele players in your life.

Product Specifications on this Tuner

●      4-points of screen orientation; 2 vertical, 2 horizontal

●      Updated button hierarchy for easy, intuitive control

●      Tuner calibration range of 410-480Hz

●      Improved piezo control allows for a better tuning experience in noisy environment

Snark ST-2 Multi-Instrument Chromatic Tuner – Ukulele, Guitar, Bass

If you also play the guitar and/or bass, this multi-instrument, chromatic tuner can be especially handy. Although I do not play the guitar yet, I do have a few of these tuners for versatility. If you know you will be learning another instrument, this might be the tuner for you. You can locate this tuner by clicking on this link: Snark ST-2. The feature that I like the most is the tuner screen. I just prefer the presentation of the pitches. Every person is different, so it really depends on your taste. Full product specifications follow.

Product Specifications on this Tuner

  • Tunes Ukuleles, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Basses and All Instruments
  • Pitch Calibration
  • Tune with Vibration Sensor or Microphone
  • Tap Tempo Metronome (Metronome is visual but does not make sound)
  • Sturdy “Stay Put” Clip

Read more: Do Ukulele Skills Transfer To Guitar?

Kala Klipz Recharge Chromatic Clip-On Ukulele Tuner – Black, White, or Grey

I decided to include this tuner because it features a rechargeable battery. If you find yourself picking up your instrument multiple times throughout the day, then having a rechargeable battery might be more cost effective and convenient for you. If this tuner is a good fit for you, you can visit the Terry Carter Music Store with this link: Kala Recharge. This tuner also tunes the guitar, bass, and violin, so that may persuade you as well depending on the instruments you play. It comes in three colors which will satisfy most players. Product specifications follow.

Product Specifications on this Tuner

  • 5 Hours of Battery Life
  • Long-Lasting Rechargeable Battery
  • Rotates 360 Degrees for Best Viewing Angle
  • Fast, Easy, and Accurate Tuning
  • Charging Cable Included
  • Chromatic, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, and Violin


Depending on your needs, shopping for easy to use tuners can be a daunting task because there are so many of them, but reading through this article will help you make the right decision for you and your ukulele. The Terry Carter Music Store has a lot of tuners that will enhance your musical journey.

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