Apr 15 AT 10:38 PM Guest Blogger 14 Comments

gStrings: A must have app for any musician

Maybe you’re an experienced musician who knows the importance of a perfectly pitched instrument. Or, maybe for old time’s sake, you want to revive that awfully out of tune guitar that’s been rotting away in your attic since who knows when. Either way, an ugly plastic tuner will cost you a good $15 at your local music shop. Save yourself a little time and money and download gStrings, a handy little chromatic tuner (with a suggestive title) that should never leave a musician’s side. The cost? Free ninety-free.

In spite of my skepticism of a cell phones capability to measure an instrument’s pitch, this tuner is exceptionally accurate. I’ve used it to tune everything from an acoustic guitar to timpani drums, and it never fails to impress me. The interface is stylish and simple. At the top, you can select any note to tune to, including sharps and flats. If you don’t know the note, you can select the “tune auto” button at the bottom right and the app will automatically tune to the closest note. There’s also a button to sound the note, so you can have a reference pitch for what you should be tuning to.

In case you get tired of the color scheme, the app comes with a total of 7 skins. In the settings menu you can set the microphone sensitivity, or choose the optimal frequency range based on your instrument. For the skilled musician, there are several advanced settings you can tweak to your liking.

Although gStrings is a free application, there is a donate version available in the market for about $4, with double the processing power. It is well worth the money in my opinion, considering it’s easily as precise as any store bought tuner. gStrings runs on Android 1.5+.

Final Verdict

If you’re a musician of any sort, this is simply a must have.


  • Extremely precise
  • Simple interface and easy to use
  • Very stable, absolutely no force closes
  • FREE!


  • Add a metronome for an all-in-one musician’s tool
  • Add a tuning widget

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Note: This review was submitted by Andrew Hewitt as part of our app review contest.

Source: Cohortor

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  • http://Website Aiman

    I’ve been using this instead of a standalone tuner for just about the past year and I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance!

  • http://sweeterskins.net Lemon

    Yeah this is a seriously good app for musicians.

  • http://Website finnish Android developer

    I’m a classical guitar player and I can easily tune my instrument to perfect pitch with this application. It is really amazing piece of software! I do not know how the developer has managed to create such accurate tuner – software engineering at this level is art. This tuner is far better than the majority of standalone tuners you can buy in your local music store. A must have for any musician.

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  • http://Website GuitarMan

    I agree, this app is incredibly accurate for tuning my acoustic guitar. I love it…

  • http://Website Tim

    It’s a $500+ (probably) device which converts your voice into a digital signal specifying frequencies so that another digital device can reproduce them, why are you people so surprised it’s good at working out pitches :)

    Very cool app.

  • rifq

    Kok gak mau didowload ya…gimana sih caranya…

  • http://Website skymavin

    I loved this app until it froze my phone. It did not force close and would not let me turn off my phone. I ended up removing the battery. It happened after I got a message from the app saying I had used the app long enough and would I pay for the upgrade. I ended up tuning my violin with my ugly plastic tuner.

    • Doug

      Mine froze as well when I changed the color scheme, probably a GUI glitch, had to remove the battery and restart the app, worked fine after that.

  • Andrew Wagenaar

    I need this tuner to help me tuning my guitar. If read the comments they say its a must.

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  • Johnson Alex

    Wow! this application is so cool. you can gain a lot of advantages and benefits as a musicians if you use this kind of application. This is good in producing musics and sounds for songs.

  • Doug

    Can anyone tell me how to access the “flats” tuning? Article says at the top, but I only see sharps, and your images only show sharps.

    • Doug

      nevermind, I’m an idiot.