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Old 04-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Question Tuner Pedals: Are they all equal?

Title really says it all.
As of right now, I don't have a devoted tuner pedal. I've been using a Digitech RP80 processor as my tuner for years, but I want to get it off my board because of the amount of space it takes up...and I don't use it for anything else so it's a waste. Are Boss tuners really the "best"? What's the difference?
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Pedal sized tuners to me seem to be more or less equal in terms of accuracy. (as in, not as accurate as rack tuners but good enough)

The big differences are bypass and stage visibility. Boss Tuners are buffered bypass, many of the newer ones like the TC Polytune are true bypass.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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There was a tuner thread a little while ago and someone brought up a point that I thought was really good - at this stage you're arguing the difference between .01% % .1% accuracy - but that's so fine, it can be altered by sheer pick attack.

With that in mind I say there isn't a difference worth worrying about with the current big names.

I use a TU-3. I have no real comments on it - it just works.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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I gotta say I like my tc mini polytune. Very little pedalboard footprint, works well, and easily seen. I think that's about everything you could ask for?
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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I gotta say I like my tc mini polytune. Very little pedalboard footprint, works well, and easily seen. I think that's about everything you could ask for?

Yeah, +1. I can definitely see the screen well without glasses. Why I don't wear glasses? Well, they get in the way when playing guitar.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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i use the (not mini) polytune

works great
the main difference is in the toleranced but mny times its negligable

for the most part just look for a pedal that has what you need
visilibily on stage
buffered or not
ease of use

i like the polytune cause its very visible on bright stage and a dark one
and with a floyd i can see which strings have gone flat or sharp and how tuning a string affects the tuning of all the other stirngs
and i think its true bypass(cant remmeebr at the moment if it comes what way or not)
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #7
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There was a tuner thread a little while ago and someone brought up a point that I thought was really good - at this stage you're arguing the difference between .01% % .1% accuracy - but that's so fine, it can be altered by sheer pick attack.

+1

Even fretting a little harder will pull a note sharp. Differences that small won't matter. Just buy the one with the features that work for you, accuracy isn't really a concern... At least that's my thinking.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #8
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I have TU-2 and would agree with the above. Get one that is easy to see and that reacts quickly. Apparently, the TU3 reacts faster than the TU2. I don't know if either of these pedals are worth the price. The cheap hand-held unit I used to have worked just fine, but required you to unplug from the amp, which you may not want to do.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:49 PM   #9
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i did have a korg pitchblack, traded it for a GT-8

was it good/useful: yeh
do i miss it: not really
would i get another: probably if i had 40 or so spare
what do i currently use: one of these bad boys (and it suits me perfectly well as i can put the guitar in one end, then run the other end through to pedals. sorted)
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:04 PM   #10
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I have the TU 3 and yeah, it works. Never let me down, highly visible on stage.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:08 PM   #11
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I have a behringer tuner pedal

It works though and has held up for a few years, so I can't really justify spending money on another one yet.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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If you're considering a polyphonic tuner like the tc polytune or korg pitchblack poly, definitely try them out first. I was pretty set on the polytune until I tried it and didn't like it at all.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:13 PM   #13
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:15 PM   #14
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GFS-90 floor tuner. Half the price of everything else, same quality.
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GFS-90 floor tuner. Half the price of everything else, same quality.


I have one too, it's cheap and works well. But it IS slower than the Boss and the Pitchblack, but honestly who cares. You're paying less than half for it new.
There's also no power out spot for it if you were planning to use your tuner pedal to daisy chain.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #16
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I've used a few and they've all been fine. Except for my Fender PT 100. I could not get mine to work, then again it might just have been broken.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:36 AM   #17
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To me they pretty much all do the same thing the only real factor for me is durability. I've had my boss tu 2 for roughly ten years and despite the paint peeling and the name label being worn off its survived great with no trouble. It's been thrown stomped and smacked and it works like a champ.

Though obviously the tu 2 isn't an option since they don't make it anymore the tu 3 is the same thing with better lighting a better bypass and is slightly more accurate
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:40 AM   #18
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GFS-90 floor tuner. Half the price of everything else, same quality.

I loved mine for quite awhile, but I started to have an issue where I would get a weird hum noise that faded in and out with the LED. I thought it might just be mine, but a buddy of mine had the same trouble after using the pedal for quite some time. No clue what caused it, could be something that happens with more expensive tuner pedals too
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:02 AM   #19
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Do any of you guys have any experience with the Artec Tuner/EQ combined pedal?

Thought I'd mention it here as if it's fairly decent at both jobs, it would potentially be a great purchase - by adding the tuner to another pedal, you save money and save pedalboard real estate.

In case you haven't seen it before:
http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages...mats=0&format=0
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I have one too, it's cheap and works well. But it IS slower than the Boss and the Pitchblack, but honestly who cares. You're paying less than half for it new.
There's also no power out spot for it if you were planning to use your tuner pedal to daisy chain.


A daisy chain cord would solve that issue, I think.

If I wanted my tuner to track each note immediately, I would just get a turbotuner and never buy another tuner.
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