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Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner

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A small yet high-tech, strobing tuner that's ideal for use with a wide variety of string and wind instruments.

The Peterson StroboClip tuner has the 1/10-cent accuracy of all Peterson strobes and also includes Sweetened Tunings, eastern temperament presets, and alternate temperaments for tuning a wide variety of string and wind instruments. It's Peterson's smallest multi-temperament tuner and features a smooth, real-time display; a drop/capo setting; adjustable key settings; low power consumption; auto sleep and power off modes for battery saving; and patented virtual strobe technology. The Peterson StroboClip instrument tuner also comes with its own carrying case for convenient transport.

FEATURES
  • Smallest multi-temperament tuner
  • 1/10 cent accurate
  • Smooth, real-time display
  • Alternate temperament presets (including Buzz Feiten Tuning System)
  • Includes eastern temperament presets
  • Drop/capo setting
  • Adjustable key
  • 25 exclusive Peterson sweeteners/temperaments
  • Adjustable concert A reference: 400hz to 490hz
  • Auto sleep and power off for battery saving
  • Low power consumption
  • Patented virtual strobe technology
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PetersonStroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner
 
3.9

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (29)
  • Functional (24)
  • Good quality (19)
  • Improves sound (15)

Cons

  • Poor quality (8)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Not functional (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Concerts (12)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (12), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The most accurate clip on-tuner around

I've always been a fan of clip on tuners because of the convenience and the ability to tune in noisy environments. I had been using the Intellitouch PT10 and PT20 for a long time....Read complete review

I've always been a fan of clip on tuners because of the convenience and the ability to tune in noisy environments. I had been using the Intellitouch PT10 and PT20 for a long time. While they are pretty good tuners, I quickly noticed that there was a pretty wide range of pitch, relatively speaking, that the tuner would indicate as being in tune. This is unacceptable if you ask me. Another thing that people fail to realize about those tuners is that the distance between 0 ( in tune) and +20 cents is only 3 or 4 notches in the LED display, so you could be anywhere from +1 to about +7 cents out of tune and it will read the same. Bottom line - I wanted a dead accurate tuner.

Peterson strobe tuners have always been the top of the line go-to tuner. You always find them on the benches of the best techs in the world. Their version of the clip on, the StroboClip, hold the same high standard for accurate tuning. The StroboClip is accurate within 1/10 of a cent. Now that's what I call accuracy. You can adjust relative pitch from 440 and also change key/capo compensation if needed, but the biggest feature is what they call Sweetened Tuning presets, which is basically a preset that you set to whatever instrument you're tuning in attempt to make it even more accurate. Really the only bad thing about this tuner is the price tag. Peterson has always been pricey and somewhat rightfully so, but I wish it was maybe 20% cheaper. Even so, I'm happy with paying for such an accurate tuner. If you want to be confident that you're always perfectly in tune, spend the extra money on this tuner.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good and Bad

I think with a little re-engineering the StroboClip could be a fantastic tuner. In my opinion, for the money it's a bit overpriced considering the availability of so many other high quality, less...Read complete review

I think with a little re-engineering the StroboClip could be a fantastic tuner. In my opinion, for the money it's a bit overpriced considering the availability of so many other high quality, less expensive tuners.
Love the sweetened tunings. Really adds value to the StroboClip.
Certainly not for stage use (I don't think it would survive very long) but works well at home. As others have mentioned it's built from rather lightweight plastic so it doesn't seem like it will stand up to much accidental wear. The clip is not as strong as the clip on my Snark SN2. It does the job but does not attach very securely to the headstock. For some reason the StroboClip refuses to tune the low E. I've tried plucking with a pick to a lightly applied finger and regardless the tuner display bounces from E to B and back so quickly it is almost impossible to see if the low E is in tune. I tune the 5 higher strings with the StroboClip then tune the low E by ear from the other strings. I haven't read other folks having this problem so I don't know if I am doing something wrong or received a bad unit. No such problems with the Snark but it also does not have the flexibility of the sweetened tunings though it is faster to tune with than the StroboClip.
Seems expensive considering the feature set and quality that might stand some improvement. The sweetened tunings are really nice and that is why I still use it. I haven't used their true stroboscopic tuners but it makes me want to try them.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Get the 2 yr. warranty on this product!

By Scott C.

from SFCA

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Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

Works fantastic, but after many uses at home or gigs, one day you open the 'protective tin', and lo and behold you find it's broken at the swivel-stress point! Why would Peterson (a respected company) manufacture this product for this price (!) out of tini-tiny cheap plastic. (seems like a pan-head screw would be a better choice than a flat-head...) Peterson needs to redesign this. I personally don't need a bulky stomp box that's constructed out of metal, however this tuner needs to be joined to the clip with a more sturdy material. Kinda disappointed.
Excellent product, pathetic construction!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good and Bad

By LimpingJohan

from South Of North

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Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

I think with a little re-engineering the StroboClip could be a fantastic tuner. In my opinion, for the money it's a bit overpriced considering the availability of so many other high quality, less expensive tuners.
Love the sweetened tunings. Really adds value to the StroboClip.
Certainly not for stage use (I don't think it would survive very long) but works well at home. As others have mentioned it's built from rather lightweight plastic so it doesn't seem like it will stand up to much accidental wear. The clip is not as strong as the clip on my Snark SN2. It does the job but does not attach very securely to the headstock. For some reason the StroboClip refuses to tune the low E. I've tried plucking with a pick to a lightly applied finger and regardless the tuner display bounces from E to B and back so quickly it is almost impossible to see if the low E is in tune. I tune the 5 higher strings with the StroboClip then tune the low E by ear from the other strings. I haven't read other folks having this problem so I don't know if I am doing something wrong or received a bad unit. No such problems with the Snark but it also does not have the flexibility of the sweetened tunings though it is faster to tune with than the StroboClip.
Seems expensive considering the feature set and quality that might stand some improvement. The sweetened tunings are really nice and that is why I still use it. I haven't used their true stroboscopic tuners but it makes me want to try them.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great tuner but VERY CHEAP Materials

By Jimmy Shaffer

from Virgina

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

Why would Petersons make such a great tuner but use such cheap materials. Broke at the swivel and can't buy replacement parts.But still aGREAT tuner but not much good when u can't use it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buyer Beware

By Twiggeroo

from KC

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

      My Peterson clip on tuner lasted a month out of warranty. So unless you plan to buy one every year try a different clip on tuner. It's a shame that the quality of the product doesn't last any longer than a year and one month. It was stored in the container provided by Peterson and kept out of extreme conditions. It still went south after thirteen months. Buyer beware!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      StroboClip SC-1 clip on tuner

      By G.G. Moseley

      from Midwest USA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

      The main problem I find, is that this tuner does not hold the notes long enough to suit me. The screen does gives an accurate reading and you can get in tune, but it takes a while because of the short :hold: duration. Overall, is a good looking tuner but those plastic adjustment arms appear fragile and its expensive for what you get.
      Should be more strongly made - - this thing won't take any rough handling and if it were dropped I wouldn't be surprised if it broke at its pivot point.
      Much too expensive, IMHO

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Petersen corrected issue. Great service.

      By LJH

      from Austin, TX

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Customer Service
      • Fast Correction Of Issue

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

          I posted a tentative review to alert users of the problem with the clip breaking at the spring axis, and said I'd follow up with an update. Here it is. I called Petersen customer service, and the man on the phone, Pat, explained the manufacturing weak point and quickly offered to send me TWO replacement parts for the clip... one for each of the tuners which had this problem. I was surprised at the honesty and integrity of the his response. Aces.

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Garbage

          By Guy

          from FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Pros

            Cons

            • Eats Batteries
            • Malfunctions Continuously
            • Not Functional
            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

              I bought two and they worked at first. Both batteries died WAY TOO quickly and I replaced them with the EXACT batteries specified in the manual. Immediately both units began to function incorrectly. Very difficult to turn on and off (they randomly came on and off). Very difficult to keep on when using (again, they randomly turned on and off while tuning). They began to turn on in my guitar case when not in use and the batteries (expensive) died completely in less than 2 days. If one malfunctioned I would have sent it back. Both of them malfunctioned in the same manner and they are not worth the incredibly high price. I play professionally and need something that I can depend on! These I cannot.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Excellent tuner if you can keep it running

              By Mister Blue

              from Covington ky

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                  I purchased this because of the strobe and tempered tuning. 1. Battery will run out very quickly-don't forget to turn it off. Battery is easy to confuse with 'similar' batteries on the market....keep your manual as the tuner doesn't give you a clue. Guide booklet is micro print and not very user friendly. I never have used any feature except standard tunings.....because I can't figure it out. Attachment to guitar clip is not very solid. I put in new batteries and now all it does is display random letters and won't tune. Does it need to be reset (I can't find any info on how to or if you can). It is not easy to use or maintain. It seems to "not function' pretty easy. (drop? Change battery? accidently push the wrong button? Who knows?)

                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  update on past review

                  By USA

                  from Sunbury Pa.

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional
                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                      Update from other review. I have owned a model 450 and 420 forever !! Great tuners. It's sad to see Peterson put out junk like this.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Get plenty of batteries!

                      By Dh

                      from Indiana

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Seems To Be Accurate

                      Cons

                      • Battery Does Not Last
                      • Others A Better Value
                      • Overpriced

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                        I have 4 tuners. This is the least reliable and, at the same time, most expensive. Has a great reputation but my experience has been poor.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        defective after 3 years light use

                        By Acoustic Player

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Failed After 3 Years

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                          I have used other clip-on tuners that lasted way longer than this one! After 3 years of light use, the unit does not power on. Yes, I tried replacing the battery too. I would NOT recommend this tuner to a friend.

                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Slow, cantankerous. Overrated.

                          By Tim in VA

                          from Suffolk

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                          Cheaper tuners, including analog needle meter types, are much quicker in practice, with better visual clarity. This unit takes time to master. I've found that I can tune by ear as quickly as I can with these clip-on units. Not sure what the strobe appeal is - - I wouldn't buy another.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The most accurate clip on-tuner around

                          By Pete A

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

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                          Pros

                          • Extremely Accurate
                          • Great Features

                          Cons

                          • Price

                          Best Uses

                          • Quick And Accurate Tuning

                          Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                          I've always been a fan of clip on tuners because of the convenience and the ability to tune in noisy environments. I had been using the Intellitouch PT10 and PT20 for a long time. While they are pretty good tuners, I quickly noticed that there was a pretty wide range of pitch, relatively speaking, that the tuner would indicate as being in tune. This is unacceptable if you ask me. Another thing that people fail to realize about those tuners is that the distance between 0 ( in tune) and +20 cents is only 3 or 4 notches in the LED display, so you could be anywhere from +1 to about +7 cents out of tune and it will read the same. Bottom line - I wanted a dead accurate tuner.

                          Peterson strobe tuners have always been the top of the line go-to tuner. You always find them on the benches of the best techs in the world. Their version of the clip on, the StroboClip, hold the same high standard for accurate tuning. The StroboClip is accurate within 1/10 of a cent. Now that's what I call accuracy. You can adjust relative pitch from 440 and also change key/capo compensation if needed, but the biggest feature is what they call Sweetened Tuning presets, which is basically a preset that you set to whatever instrument you're tuning in attempt to make it even more accurate. Really the only bad thing about this tuner is the price tag. Peterson has always been pricey and somewhat rightfully so, but I wish it was maybe 20% cheaper. Even so, I'm happy with paying for such an accurate tuner. If you want to be confident that you're always perfectly in tune, spend the extra money on this tuner.

                          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Buyer Remorse

                          By Herr Jamen Stein

                          from Montgomery Alabama

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Poor Quality

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            I thought I needed this tuner because of the accuracy so I bought it. I put it head-to-head with my other tuners: Boss, Snark, & Korg. Frankly it didn't perform any better than my cheap Snark tuner. While it had great specs, I'm not sure it warrants such a high price tag. Secondly, stobe tuners are a little trickier to use as you get close to the center frequency. After two days of playing with it, I understood the functions and use, but for a six string player an inexpensive chromatic tuner did exactly the same thing. Go with the Snark and save yourself some money.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Talk About Sweet!

                            By Gary C

                            from Maryland

                            See all my reviews

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            I only knocked it down to a 9 because it's the most expensive clip on tuner I've ever bought. That being said and having used it...it is definitely worth the money.If you've never tried sweetened or alternate tunings, this bad boy is the ticket. Don't know how many more features are in the stomp or srobo-flip models, but there's a reason why these tuners consistently get 4 and 5 star reviews. Next tuner you buy...get a Peterson strobe.
                            I've been "strobe tuner envious" for decades as the old school Peterson's we're always out of my wallet range. I've got about a half dozen different tuners and this is my fave of the lot. I first tuned it to standard guitar and it picked up the notes better than any previous (Korg,Planet Waves, Sabine) tuner I have. And I know everyone else probably is already in on the secret...I tried the sweetened tuning. Duh!!! (Insert dropped jaw here) My Martin DCX1E has never sounded as good. Looking forward to trying some of the other sweeteners and the BF tuning system as well.
                            Very nicely built...easy to read...very pro looking silver finish...NIce metal storage box. Buttons are easy to activate.
                            If you can't afford the full size unit or didn't hold on on to your vintage Peterson, pick it up!!

                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Broken Out of the Box

                            By MarkF786

                            from Mount Laurel, NJ

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            I was interested in the new Stroboclip clip-on strobe tuner. Doing some Google searches for reviews, I saw several people complain about the clip being plastic and seemingly flimsy; the body of the tuner is mostly metal but the arm and the clip are all plastic. In another forum, someone wrote that Peterson claimed it was intentionally made out of plastic so it wouldn't scratch an instrument's headstock. Anyway, I baby all my gear so I wasn't too worried about the plastic. I ordered one on Sunday and it arrived today. Out of the box, it was already broken. Sure, flukes happen but I see there a 3mm piece of plastic where it broke, and when looking at it I'd be amazed if it could hold up to any abuse. It's sad I didn't get the chance to at least try it in operation, but it wouldn't work because of where it was broken.I own two other Peterson tuners and I love them, but I don't think I'll get another Stroboclip.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Stroboclip clip on strobe tuner

                            By derfy

                            from Milwaukee WI

                            See all my reviews

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            This tunes so good distortion sounds smooth no note anomoly like try open D or G glad I bought it
                            this is accurate.
                            Easy to use accurate like playing a different guitar
                            Seems rugged enough to tune a guitar.
                            Get what you play for.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best I've ever used...by FAR.

                            By JJ

                            from FL

                            See all my reviews

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            I've never used their standard strobe tuner, but this little guy makes my guitars sound incredible. Had a cheap $25 Korg tuner which worked well, but this takes the tuning precision to a WHOLE other level. Well worth the investment and love that you don't have to plug your guitar in everytime you want to tune up.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            StroboClip - The only clip-on tuner I'll use.

                            By Gear Crazy

                            from Hawaii

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            I've used various models of Peterson's tuners over the years. Across the board, the Peterson tuners have proven to be the most accurate and reliable and Peterson's customer support is stellar.

                            I now own 3 StroboClips and have thrown away all the other clip-on tuners I owned. Instead of throwing them away, I considered giving them to musician friends; however, there's nothing more frustrating than trying to play with other musicians who aren't in tune! Friends don't let friends use crappy tuners.
                            I know of no other clip-on tuner that offers anywhere near the features of the StroboClip - not only in the various tunings offered, but construction and ergonomics as well.
                            Top quality tuner by one of the big names in the business. That said, one of the StroboClips I own started showing dead pixels. Peterson very quickly replaced it at no charge, however.

                            Peterson's customer service is excellent.
                            The StroboClip represents a new paradigm in clip-on tuners. Expensive? Hardly. Whether beginner or pro, good music starts with a properly tuned instrument. The question is how important is being truly in-tune to you?

                            (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            junk

                            Comments about Peterson StroboClip SC-1 Clip-On Strobe Tuner:

                            junk
                            I've played guitar for 35 years and used all kinds of tuners. This one did not work for me at all. If I am paying this much I would expect it to be great. My Intelli (not Intelitouch) works better. Also the new Snark tuners are very good.
                            junk

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