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:
- 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.
- 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.
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