Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner by Roadie Tuner – $99
We can’t think of anything that isn’t more of a sign of the times than the Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner by Roadie Tuner.
The Roadie utilizes a small handheld device and an app (yes, an app!!) for your smartphone, and the two work in tandem to tune your guitar. While this may sound gimmicky to some, the Roadie actually is surprisingly very accurate.
You simply attach the handheld device to a peg on your headstock, select what tuning you want within the Roadie app (i.e. Open A tuning), pluck the string and watch the Roadie’s device work its magic by spinning the peg to your desired tuning.
Roadie Tuner has a video showcasing their gizmo in action –
Capable of also tuning acoustic guitars, 6, 7 and 12 string guitars, ukuleles, and banjos with standard guitar pegs, the Roadie also comes with an adapter that you can use to plug your electric guitar into the app directly, allowing you to tune your guitar in noisier environments.
We should caution our readers though that while most of the feedback we’ve seen from others is largely positive, there are some people who haven’t had the greatest experience with the Roadie. From what we’ve seen, it seems that experienced players with a lot of experience manually tuning their guitar or using other methods seem to be the ones most annoyed with it, while beginner to intermediate players found it the most useful.