Hands down, the Peterson StroboClipHD. A bit pricey but it has the James Taylor "sweetened tuning" as a preset. Petersons customer service is top notch too. I lost a screw on it a couple of times, called them and they shipped the missing parts out for free.
Here's an explanation of JT's tuning -
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Same recommendation. I've had mine for a few years now. Really nice. Love how the screen auto rotates so you can put it on the back or front of the headstock and the display is always right side up. Simple unit. Works good.
Yep--here, too. Compared to the Snark and others I've tried, the Polytune locks on faster, is more accurate, and the LCD screen is big, bright and clear. Also, it's easy to position on the back of the headstock for better visibility.
I would also say pick up a Snark or two along the way. I do like the sweetened tunings that the peterson provides. I'm guessing the TC Polytune will do you well.
However, the Snark's seem reasonably accurate and are cheap. I keep one near my amps at home and a second one in my gig bag and just find they're easier to grab. Given the price of the peterson, I tend to keep it in it's case and it's less handy. I also think the battery life is a little better on the Snarks.
They're all great gadgets. Now that I think about it, I believe i still have my old chromatic tuner (forget the brand although it was the size of a cassette tape) laying around. The new technology is cool.
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Yeah, I found Snarks to be slower and slightly less accurate than Polytunes. The Peterson is nice, but kind of pricey for something so easily damaged. I have a Peterson, but I mostly just use Polytunes.