jmclane31
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Hey guys, I'm wanting to get a new tuner and bouncing back and forth between the Korg Pitchblack Poly and the Daddario Tru Strobe. I'm upgrading from a cheap $10 Korg tuner and i was wondering if anyone had any input. The Daddario Tru Strobe is a cheap strobe, but a strobe nonetheless. Is the Korg Pitchblack Poly as accurate as the Daddario Tru Strobe?
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personally, i love the TC Electronic polytune.
that can operate as either traditional needle style or strobe, with polyphonic mode available at all times.
off the top of my head, it's accurate at 0.5 cent. i wouldn't swap mine for any other
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got 40 bucks? try a GFS. going about 2 years strong.

check the display in this thread i made....big and bright. accurate, has half step adjustments, silent tning, etc. awesome.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1597301
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I have a regular korg pitchblack and its the best tuner i have ever had.

I think to be honest the difference between korg or the tc electronic tuner or any other "decent" tuner is so little it doesn't matter. All of them will do the job, its just personal taste.
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Quote by ikey_
got 40 bucks? try a GFS. going about 2 years strong.

check the display in this thread i made....big and bright. accurate, has half step adjustments, silent tning, etc. awesome.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1597301


i like the pitchblack. $70 get a 15% from MF, gets you down to $60, and it would ship free.

from GFS you will have to pay for more shipping as well. that probably keeps it up to a $10 difference. $40+~$10 shipping

personally i went with the korg for that reason. $10 to get something better IMO and something i got to check out instead of ordering blindly. i like the full and half strobe modes, gets you right in tone. really bright and easy to see. it also has power out on it too.
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Quote by higgycr
I have a regular korg pitchblack and its the best tuner i have ever had.

I think to be honest the difference between korg or the tc electronic tuner or any other "decent" tuner is so little it doesn't matter. All of them will do the job, its just personal taste.


My brother has a pitch black. I don't care for the display so I picked a Polytune. I love it.
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well if there is a $10 dollar difference...that narrows the field. for list price, i think the GFS is hard to beat
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GFS is good, so is Pitchblack. If you want the best, scrounge up the cash for a Turbotuner though.
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Quote by ikey_
well if there is a $10 dollar difference...that narrows the field. for list price, i think the GFS is hard to beat


I got mine for $40 after tax off their site, but the price has probably gone up due to popularity.
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Yea the pitchblack is a great tuner. Another suggestion for on the go, quick tuning is to try out headstock tuner. I've got the Snark headstock tuner and it works pretty well. You can also let your bandmates use it before you start playing so that you're all in tune and won't sound like garbage due to untuned instruments.
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There's a new version of the Pitchblack that is Polyphonic like the TC Electronic. Personally I'd never choose a non-polyphonic tuner after owning the Polytune, the strum-all feature is just too useful! :P
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My vote is for the TC Electronic polytune. ! Great pedal.
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the boss tu 3 is what a lot of artists use. It great and it's built like a freaking tank
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I have no comments on my TU-3 - which is a great thing. I don't ever think about it, it's just there, and it works. It's not polyphonic, but it does track really fast.
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Quote by Offworld92
I have no comments on my TU-3 - which is a great thing. I don't ever think about it, it's just there, and it works. It's not polyphonic, but it does track really fast.


I've had mine for going on 8 years (it might be a tu 2 the label has rubbed off though I really don't know the difference )
And it works great. It's never messed up its never been wrong. It picks up quick and like I said it's built like a tank, it's been dropped and stomped many times. I know literally nothing about the ones you mentioned and I apologize but this thing is really what to get.

If I were you I would save up a little more and get this thing and never have to worry about it again
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I see an even split, pretty much, between TC Electronics Polytunes and TU-3s on the boards of pro players.
It's an opinion. It's subjective. And I'm right, anyway.
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Why bother with a TU-3 when you could just get a Turbo Tuner?
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Realistically what's the difference? Both tune and do it accurately. When looking at a tuner the biggest things to look at is:

Does it have a mic? (if you need one)

Does it have an output jack? (if you need one)

And how tough is it?

All tuners basically do the same thing. From the 5 dollar disposable ones to the expensive pedal ones. You hit a note and it tells you if that note is in tune.

Why bother with it? Like I said it's a tank. The tu 3 even has a built in bypass (I'm thinking of buying it because of that so I won't need a volume pedal just for that since I apparently have the tu 2 and didn't know it)
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Quote by rander7917
Realistically what's the difference? Both tune and do it accurately. When looking at a tuner the biggest things to look at is:

Does it have a mic? (if you need one)

Does it have an output jack? (if you need one)

And how tough is it?

All tuners basically do the same thing. From the 5 dollar disposable ones to the expensive pedal ones. You hit a note and it tells you if that note is in tune.

Why bother with it? Like I said it's a tank. The tu 3 even has a built in bypass (I'm thinking of buying it because of that so I won't need a volume pedal just for that since I apparently have the tu 2 and didn't know it)


Brightness of the display can be an issue. Also, the more accurate the tuner, the better.

I just go for the GFS tuner anyways, was 40 when I bought it, tough, bright, accurate. I should be good for a long time.
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Quote by rander7917
All tuners basically do the same thing. From the 5 dollar disposable ones to the expensive pedal ones. You hit a note and it tells you if that note is in tune.

accuracy varies between tuner models. the pitchblack has an accuracy of 1 cent. the turbo tuner has an accuracy of 0.02 cents; that is to say, 20 times more accurate. say for example you used the pitchblack to tune a note to 440hz. realistically, your note is between 439 and 441. compared to the turbo tuner, your note would be between 439.98 and 440.02. now, that doesn't sound like much on an individual string, but when you add up tuning discrepancies between multiple strings in the form of chords, you will be able to hear the difference when your chord sounds a little sour.
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#24
im probably gonna have to say that almost every well known tuner on the market (boss, korg, poly, even GFS arguably) is accurate enough for almost any person.

if any of these, the boss is the least accurate and more pros have used that than anything. easily the most used tuner pedal.

splitting hairs here....sound better by learning to play better. thats going to carry you further than 1/4 cent of a tuner. pressing to hard on a string will take you out of tune far more than that
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#25
I have the PeWaves JPT-10 tuner on my pedalboard that works excellent.
http://www.pewaves.com/products/Guitar%20Pedals/JPT-10
I also have a Snark tuner. works great for setting up guitars at home and
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I just bought a Tc electronics Polytune, best tuner I've ever used so really happy with it.
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I love my TC Electronic Polytune. The ability to strum all the strings and quickly see what is out of tune is great for gigging and tuning on the fly. There are a ton of used ones on ebay too if you want to save some bucks. Also, the mini might be nice if you've got a stocked pedal board.