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Peterson stroboCLIP HD Clip-On Strobe Tuner REVIEW

What is it?

The Peterson stroboCLIP HD clip-on tuner is a low-cost introductory clip-on tuner competing in the world of Korg, D’addario, and TC Electronic clip-on tuners.  Here are the specs:

Features

  • High-def backlist display
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Visible in direct sunlight
  • Adjustable frequency (Hz) calibration
  • Drop tuning, open-tuning, and other capo settings
  • More than 50 built-in “sweetened” tunings

This little tuner is packed with quite the punch in terms of features and specifications, and comes with a very detailed Owner’s Instruction Manual which details everything from installing the battery to customizing your concert settings.  There’s even an intro for strobe newbies.

Specifications

  • Runs on one (1) CR2032 type battery
  • Real-time operation
  • Accuracy:  0.1 cent
  • Concert Pitch Range:  390 to 490Hz
  • Tuning Range:  C0 to B6
  • Weight: 46g (1.6 oz)
  • Size:  2mm x 28mm x 46mm (62.4” x 1.1” x .8”)

Who’s it for?

While the professional player uses tuner pedals such as Boss’ TU-3 or other high-end Petersen pedal-type clip-on tuners, we’re seeing an increasing amount of performers using these types of tuners clipped-on the headstocks of their acoustics.

When I found out that Petersen had introduced a range of strobe tuners and clip-on at that, I though, wow, I’ve got to have one.  I wouldn’t have run out to my corner music store to get one, but when Marshal at Peterson reached out to me to see if I wanted to review one, I jumped at the opportunity.  Again, I would not have gone out of my way for this, but it makes the greatest Christmas stocking-stuffer, or a neat gift for your teenager who just merited a reward for that impressive music grade on his or hers latest report card.

How much does it cost?

The list price is $59.99USD.  While other clip-ons like the Korg are available for $29.99, the Peterson is a strobe type tuner whereas others are chromatic tuners.

What do you think?

Given the ultra-wide clamp of 27mm (1 1/16”), I had no trouble attaching it to any of my guitars.  For this review, I clipped the tuner onto my Parkwood M-525, Fender Stratocaster, and Fender Telecaster.  While the Telecaster’s headstock design leaves little room for a clip-on, the little grip the Peterson got on the Tele, it held on tight.

Here’s a short-list of things this tuner DOES NOT offer:  tone generator, rechargeable, headphone jack.  While there is a micro-USB port, I’m not quite sure what it does.

Would you tell your friends about it?

Not only would I tell my friends about this tuner, I’ve got to hide it from them.  Having all kinds of guitar gadgets in my mancave, some of which I wish would disappear. 

I’ve come across other clip-ons with slightly better features in the past, but the stroboCLIP HD packs the most punch with its complete feature set.

4.5/5 stars

I’ve got to give this device a 4.5 out of 5.  The only negative about this tuner is that it auto turns off too soon.  This is probably due to its algorithm to preserve battery life.  I would have liked that that this tuner stays on for many more minutes.  I guess I just haven’t found the setting for this.

For more info, be sure to check out:  https://petersontuners.com

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