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Snark SN-5 Tuner for Guitar, Bass and Violin (Black)

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Guitar, Bass and Violin Tuner

Customer Reviews

So easy to use, great for a beginner

14 people found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2016
By Jerome319
My wife wants to learn to play a guitar so she bought a used one and it was out of tune. we went to our local music shop and had the strings replaced and tuned. It cost 28.00. When I went to pick up the guitar he told me that new strings will need tuned often until the strings get broke in. I immediately looked for an electronic tuner in the shop and they all ranged from 15.00 and up. I came home and jumped onto Amazon and started reading reviews and settled on the Snark. It arrived quickly and I was actually excited to give it a try. First, the display screen is multi-color and very easy to read, even for someone that’s never tried tuning a guitar. I skimmed the instructions and clamped it onto my wife’s guitar. It’s so easy to use. Turn it on and strum a chord. It automatically identifies which chord your strumming and the needle jumps to show if your in tune, if your not, you adjust until the needle settles on the green and then move onto the next chord. Too easy. I’m so glad I bought this tuner and it was half the price of the cheapest one at the music shop. I would definitely buy this tuner again in the future.

Snark problems resolved by using better batteries.

8 people found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2017
By Servo
I have two Snarks and within short order, they both died. One had been in use for almost 2 years, the other only a couple months. I replaced the batteries but they both just stayed dead. I was contemplating writing a poor review of both but kept putting that off, finally, I googled the problem “snark tuner not working” and the first result in the list “Snark Tuner Tomfoolery…when a battery may not be what it appears to be…” matched my problem exactly. The author of the post, ljguitar, went to the trouble of measuring the batteries he was using with calipers and found that certain brands are thicker than others. I tried a different brand of battery ( 

Dead simple to use, but a challenge to clip onto violins…

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 5, 2017
By Sloane White
First, the downside (why it lost a star): I purchased this to tune a rather cheap violin that I bought to try violin and see if I enjoyed it (if not, hey – photo prop!). For what I paid, I knew I wouldn’t regret it as long as it could clip to the violin and was accurate. But that’s the downside of advertising as a violin tuner – the pegbox of a violin is drastically different from the headstock of a guitar or bass guitar. In the end, I ended up clipping it to the bridge of the violin (probably not the best idea, but hey – I did say it was a cheap violin) and that worked.

Snark SN-5 – makes tuning easy

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 27, 2015
By Love2Shop
This guitar tuner will make easy work of tuning your guitar. I used it on a classical guitar with nylon strings, a four-string bass guitar and an electric guitar. The job of getting to the right pitch is easy to get used to with the Snark’s tachometer-style display. The Snark plugged onto each of my guitars without any problem.

Wish I would have bought one sooner

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2016
By Denise E.
I scoffed at these at music stores, thinking “how many tuners does a person need”. I have an inline tuner and a tuner built into my pedal effects board. And yet, after an acoustic gig where plugging in was a problem, I broke down and bought myself one. I haven’t looked back. I’ve used it with my guitar, bass, and Uke.

Great little tuner.

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 19, 2016
By Mark Wothe
I have about 5 different Snarks and they are hands down the best clip-on tuner out there. I’ve had several different brands and they ALL suck compared to the Snarks. Never a problem tracking whatsoever. The most basic model (this one) is actually the best out of all of them IMO. I’ve had to change batteries but they last a good while. The bright dial is perfect in every setting, it’s unobtrusive, and it always works regardless of what you’re doing with your volume level. The only drawback at all is that I wish the spring clamp was a little bit more stiff so as to clamp “harder”; for example on a standard Tele headstock there’s not a lot of real estate for it to grab onto so you may knock it off if you’re a spaz (I am). Gibsons, or any 6-on-a-side headstocks, are perfect. I never plug into a tuner anymore, this is just so much easier to use. And cheap! You could buy 10 of them for the cost of a new BOSS–and unless they’ve improved the BOSS markedly since the TU-2, they work way better.

It’s a fantastic little tuner–never worry about room noise again!

One person found this helpful.
 on November 17, 2017
By Andrew J. Riemer
When I first started playing guitar–some 35 years ago–I had a tuning fork. In the intervening years, I’ve had many different tuners. Now that I’ve got a Snark, my search for my preferred tuner is over!

Wonderfull little tuner for stringed instruments.

One person found this helpful.
 on March 9, 2017
WOW this is a nice tuner. I bought these for the 4 guitars we bought for our “Boys” ( 4Grandsons) for Christmas. I liked it so well that I bought one for my Guitar Go Bag. It works really well and is easy to find that sweet spot for each string of being in tune as the display is very fast acting and the colors are vivid and easy to see. It works great by just placing it on the head stock of the guitar with no need to have the guitar plugged into any amp. Its display adjust to whatever angle you need it to see it easily and the auto off feature is a nice extra. The price is very reasonable as well The vendor got these shipped to us in very good time.

I HATE being out of tune

One person found this helpful.
 on May 6, 2015
By StormJH1
I HATE being out of tune. I also tend to get a little heavy-handed with my playing style, and do a lot of string bending, so it’s not uncommon for me to have to tweak a “G” or “B” string after a few minutes of aggressive playing. So I have no idea why I didn’t put much thought into finding a convenient, efficient, and affordable tuning option for my guitars. Seriously, I own dozens of effects pedals (including two pedal tuners), but what about all of those other times when I’m not using a full pedalboard?

SN-5 Tuner

One person found this helpful.
 on March 31, 2016
By Jer R.
I read a lot of reviews before buying this item. Most were good reviews. I can certainly add to the list-this is the best item I have bought in a long time. I thought I had my guitar in tune by listening to the tuning on You Tube. After checking with this tuner I could see that it was off some. After going though each note there were three good and three bad. Now it’s all set per tuner and it sounds GOOD!! I should have ordered a tuner a long time ago.

Snark SN-5 Guitar Tuner Demo

A brief demo on how to tune a guitar using Snark SN5 electronic tuner.

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