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Find The Best Mandolin Tuner

Updated on November 19, 2012

Compact Digital Mandolin Tuners/ Clip-On Tuners/ Online Tuners/ Tuner Apps For iPhone

A good mandolin tuner is a necessity if you want your mandolin to sound its best. There are many different types of mandolin tuners available from pitch pipes to fancy strobe tuners in a variety of price ranges.

What kind of mandolin tuner do you need? Among other things it depends on how and where you use your mandolin. This article will look into these factors and more to help find the best mandolin tuner for you.

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If you've been shopping for a mandolin tuner, you already know that there is a wide variety of tuners available. There are guitar tuners, bass tuner, violin tuners, but not so many mandolin tuners. You may also have noticed that many of the tuners available have a chromatic function.

Tuners with a chromatic function can detect notes in a range covering all 12 notes of the chromatic scale meaning they can be used not just for tuning a guitar or bass, but also most other stringed instruments including your mandolin, cello, or ukulele.

Music Trivia:

A-440 Or Concert Pitch adopted by the International Organization for Standards in 1955, is the standard reference pitch for tuning most musical instruments.

Find A Digital Mandolin Tuner

Chromatic Instument Tuners

This article is going to focus on two types of chromatic mandolin tuner, pocket type tuners and clip-on chromatic tuners.

Pocket tuners normally use a built-in microphone to sense the pitch of a note played on your mandolin. This method of detecting makes it very easy to tune just about any acoustic instrument, provided you are in a quiet place. If you are playing in a noisier venue the built-in microphone will pick ambient noise making for difficult tuning. Most pocket tuners however can be fit with an optional clip-on microphone or sensor to help alleviate this problem.

As the name suggests clip-on tuners clip firmly to the headstock of your mandolin recognizing the pitch of the note you sound by sensing vibrations in the instrument rather than sound. The result of this method of detecting pitch is a tuner that is not influenced by ambient sound, perfect for tuning in a noisy environment.

Convenient Pocket Style Digital Mandolin Tuners

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Pocket tuners are inexpensive, compact, and easy to use making them a perfect mandolin tuner for any player, beginner to advanced. The optional clip-on microphone greatly extends their versatility

Korg CA1
Compact Chromatic Tuner
List Price: $32.00SAVE @ AMAZON

Korg CA-40 Large Display
Auto Chromatic Tuner
List Price: $35.00SAVE @ AMAZON

Yamaha YT250
Chromatic Audio Tuner with LCD
List Price: $44.99SAVE @ AMAZON

Korg BA40 Tuner
For Bluegrass Instruments
List Price: $35.00SAVE @ AMAZON

Boss TU-80C Chromatic
Tuner & Metronome
List Price: $39.50SAVE @ AMAZON

Korg CM-100L
Clip On Contact Microphone
List Price: $16.00SAVE @ AMAZON

For A Full Selection of Mandolin Tuners.

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Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner

The Cleartune chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic in your iPhone or using an external mic on your 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch.

Easily tune acoustic or electric guitar, bass, bowed strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, tympani, tablas and any other instrument that can sustain a tone.

Pro Tuner

The Pro Tuner is highly accurate and has more than 100 built-in tuning modes, including tunings for Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, and Bouzouki.

Available on iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Simple Fast & Accurate Clip-On Mandolin Tuners

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Simply clip the tuner to the headstock of your mandolin and you are ready to go. Since the tuner is sensing vibrations rather than sound you can tune your mandolin quickly and easily, regardless of whether your venue is the livingroom, a jam session, or a noisy pub gig. Given the ease of use, accuracy in all situations, and low cost I think a clip-on mandolin tuner offers the best value available for the dollar.

Snark SN-2 All Instrument
Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
List Price: $39.00SAVE @ AMAZON

Intelli IMT500 Clip-on Chromatic Digital Tuner
For Strings
List Price: $39.95SAVE @ AMAZON

Tune Tech TT1
Clip On Chromatic Tuner
List Price: $24.95SAVE @ AMAZON

Intellitouch PT10
Mini Clip-On Tuner
List Price: $39.95SAVE @ AMAZON

Korg AW2 Clip-on
Chromatic Instrument Tuner
List Price: $75.00SAVE @ AMAZON

For A Full Selection of Clip-On Mandolin Tuners. Click Here

Online Mandolin Tuner

Using an online mandolin tuner is an easy convenient way to get your mandolin in tune anywhere that you have an internet connection. Online Mandolin Tuner

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      christosrizos 5 years ago

      Great article on a subject that creates confusion to most mandolin beginners. Well done.

      Something important to mention here, is that the online mandolin tuner mentioned on is a flash-based tuner that does not work on the Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and perhaps may not work at some browsers as well.

      To overcome this issue, I created a free online mandolin player that is universal i.e. works everywhere. It can be found at

      I hope it can prove useful to fellow mandolinists!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I don't know much about the mandolin, but for those who play, this is a great selection of tuners.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Nice work. I love the original subjects of your lenses. Great content and layout.

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      CatJGB 6 years ago

      Hmm, I have played the flute and guitar, but never a mandolin. Very interesting! Oh, and I have to admit I never played with a great deal of skill, unfortuantely....:)