Tuner Pedal

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  1. jkingma

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    I've never owned a tuner pedal, but I'm about to build a pedal board and figured while I was at it I would make sure there's room for a tuner pedal.

    So my question is, what's a decent tuner pedal for between 50 and 100 bucks.
     
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    I use one of the newer polytuners.... No complaints. Think I picked it up used for around 70 bones.
     
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    Boss tu3
     
  4. OttoCorrect

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    Either of the now discontinued Hardwire tuners (the HT-2 or the HT-6) from Digitech are supposed to be excellent and are usually found very cheap relative to what you're getting in performance and quality. In fact, I just checked Reverb and they're available for as little as $40.

    Also, the good ol' Boss TU-3 is a classic for a reason. Reliable, accurate, and indestructible.
     
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    I like the polytune mini in black. Small and inconspicuous, accurate, and is very easy to see.
     
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    TC Polytune. Should be able to get a used one for $50 or so.
     
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    I still prefer the older Boss TU-2.
    I see them in pawn shops and CL for $40-50.
     
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    I've had a Hardwire tuner on my board for, well, a long time. Nice bright display. Accurate. And bulletproof.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    One thing I've noticed while looking around on Reverb... some of the sellers are charging so much for shipping on used pedals, that I'm better off buying a new pedal off Amazon and get free shipping.
     
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    Another vote for TC polytune.
     
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    Look for the listings where you can make an offer. Most sellers are willing to cut the price down at least as much as the shipping cost (essentially making it free shipping) or even more than that. Doesn’t hurt to make an offer. I’ve gotten some absolutely screaming deals on Reverb that way.
     
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    Boss TU-3. This is the standard. $99 new on Amazon with the power supply. I am building my first board and just bought one.
     
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    Another vote for TC Polytune.
     
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    probably all of them.
     
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    Only problem with the Boss TU-2 (and suspect the TU-3 as well) is that once you buy one, you are stuck with it forever. They are just too darn durable and reliable.
     
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    I've owned four different tuner pedals over the years, but in the last couple of years I've switched to a D'Addario Mini headstock tuner. I even put a tiny screw through it so it won't "shake" off. With this, I can tune without going back to my board, it frees up a space ON my board, and if it goes out, (which they ALL do eventually) it's cheaper and easier to replace. I even carry a spare in my gig bag for emergencies. So, get a pedal if you like, but I vote headstock.....;)
    added, Mike S. above mentioned seeing in the daylight.....with the headstock tuner, you can always find a location where it's shaded.....not like on a fixed position pedalboard.....that's all!
     
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    tc polytune mini

    great bang for the bucks, small, never ever had a problem
     
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