Tuner Pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by jkingma, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. Antmax

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    I like the polytune range of pedals best though the Boss has TU3 is nice with the two outputs one bypass which can be handy if like me you like to send your dry signal to the PC for easy messing with amp and FX sims without having to keep unplugging and replugging in my play room.

    Depending on your situation, some of these tuners have a buffer that isn't always popular with certain pedals up front or if you don't have a long cable length between the guitar and pedalboard, or if you use wireless which usually already has a buffer in the receiver.
     
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    I've had a few tuners, among them a Boss TU2 and a Fender pedal tuner,
    but now have the Polytune mini.
    It's a great tuner.
     
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    Sold my polytune because I never used the polytune feature, so I might as well run a cheaper tuner and put the money into another pedal.

    Korg pitchblack does the job for me.
     
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    Haven’t read the whole thread but good tuners are practical free now.

    If you use a power supply there are several mini pedals for $25 and under. Donner, Ammoon, Tomsline, I have all of these and they all work great.
     
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    Don’t get the cheap Donner tuner pedal. You will end up upgrading shortly after. It’s not accurate at all. It tells you your in tune when you can clearly hear you are not, and I don’t have a very good ear for that
     
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    BOSS TU-2

    The anchor on my board
     
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    The forum is nutty because it makes me suddenly need something that I was happily oblivious to a few minutes earlier--like a Martin, Proco Rat, and now a new tuner.

    Quick question: I appreciate that a metal box is way more sturdy than a plastic one. But in terms of sheer accuracy (since I'm just a bedroom player), is the TC, Boss, or less expensive Chinese boxes significantly better than an old $6 Korg GT-3?


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    I think this can be said about all BOSS pedals
     
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    Has anyone used a Planet Waves strobo tuner?

    Looks something like this:

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    I'm looking at a used one for cheap; if they're any good, might be an option for jkingma, too.
     
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    There are several reasons you might want a tuner pedal instead of a handheld tuner box like the one you posted. If you're just a bedroom player, any tuner will do. I use a tuner similar to this one for the work bench, which is a easier to use for setups than a pedal would be. It's also useful to tune acoustic instruments since it has a mic, which most (none?) tuner pedals do not have.

    A tuner pedal starts to become more useful when you're playing in a band, for rehearsals as well as shows. A handheld tuner will be annoying to use in this setting. A tuner pedal can be installed on your pedal board (assuming you already have a pedal board) so it's set up with the rest of your rig.

    Tuner pedals usually mute the signal when in tuning mode, which is pretty much mandatory in a live setting (the audience doesn't want to hear you tune between songs). It can be useful to have a mute switch in a live setting anyway. It's also a plus to mute in rehearsals as to not annoy your band mates when you're tuning.

    Tuner pedals like the Boss and others can usually supply power to other pedals, so that's useful. Although you can get ones with true bypass, you can also get ones with a buffer which is another thing that can be useful.

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    Metal versus plastic is another concern, as you've already pointed out. This is more of a concern when you're regularly gigging thought. There might be other pros and cons to make, but these are the mains ones in my opinion.
     
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    The Monoprice tuner for $20 is true bypass with a nice big display. Love mine.
     
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    It came down to the Boss and the Polytune... and I found a great deal on a Boss so that's what I got.

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. It was a great help.
     
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    Not a lot of brick and mortars up your way (based on your coords)... nearest bigger store would be what, Orillia? Peterborough would be your nearest L&M? Amazon.
     
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    Those co-ords are my cottage... my old cottage, which I no longer have.
    I will have to update that once I get the co-ords for the new place.
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    Lol fair enough!
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    I use the Boss TU-3w Waza Craft and I love it. My first tuner pedal. They are $150 though. Haven't looked for a used one but surely there are some? The TU-3 is used alot and cheaper. I don't know what the difference is between the original and the Waza Craft? I am new to pedals but the research I have done states the boss has a buffer and most people use it as the first pedal because of the buffer, especially if you run several pedals.
     
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    Does anyone still use a Boss TU12, chromatic with a needle? I still like those
     
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    I'm waiting for the new Pederson Strobo Stomp HD to be released
     
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    More than a hundred bucks, but it will be the best tuner on the market according to many tuner owners.

    Extremely accurate.......https://www.turbo-tuner.com/
     
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