Chromatic Pedal Tuner review by Planet Waves

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (9 votes)
Planet Waves: Chromatic Pedal Tuner
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Price paid: $ 79

Purchased from: Local Independent Music Store

Sound — 9
The unit features a true hard by-pass which preserves your signal/tone without deterioration. The mute-bypass is an indispensable option in a Live setting, allowing you to tune silently while still amplified. The tuner calibration range is 435Hz-445Hz, which is very acceptable for the price; for example the Korg DTR-2000 has a 438Hz-455Hz range, but will easily run your over $200.

Overall Impression — 9
From a pure accuracy, reliability, and sturdiness viewpoint, this is a great tuner and is a worthy addition to one's pedal arsenal. I've had the unit for a little under a year, and have grown to prefer strobe mode and it's accuracy is impeccable. The unit has been kicked around on stage, dropped, tossed not so gently in equipment bags too numerous to mention, and still performs and looks like new. Its appetite for batteries is voracious but it something can easily be overcome by going DC. The PW Chromatic Pedal Tuner is the finest tuner I've used; the combination of value and performance can't be beat.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The one bad thing I've noticed with this unit is that it tends to go through batteries very quickly, and it's not just me. The other guitar player and bass player in our band use the PW unit as well and have noticed the same thing. Do yourself a favor and go DC from the get go, if not, be prepared to pop in a fresh battery before every gig because once the battery loses just a bit of juice, the accuracy and stability of the unit goes downhill very quickly.

Ease of Use — 9
The Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner is a great piece of equipment that works well for those Who like to play in the comfort of their home as well as those Who grind through gigs at the local dives. Featuring both sweep and strobe mode tuning, the tuner is housed in a very rugged metal case and makes on stage tuning a breeze thanks to a well-lit, oversized note name indicator and LED's. 9 volt or DC power adaptable, the unit has 2 DC power jacks allowing easy daisy-chaining of pedals if that's what you require. The accompanying manual is short and to the point, instructions are accompanied with visual guides.

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    rtbsmgsmf
    i have this and its a life saver at shows. i use the power outlet. the bypass works wonders cause i can tune in between songs without everyone having to hear me. if i were to give this a review it would get a 10/10 cause its given me no problems what so ever.
    redrumsixsix6
    I have this pedal. Yes, it seems as though if you use a daisy chain with the tuner to power other pedals it emits a tone that changes with the leds. HOWEVER, this only occurs when the distortion channel of the amp is on. This tone can not be heard if you are tuning while using the clean channel, so its no really an issue.
    Menzaine
    wrote: Dude, I wouldn't spend 90 bucks on a tuner if it tuned the guitar for me. What the hell is wrong with you people?
    Its for tuning on stage and you can also use it as a mute. Its quite practical actually.
    nemjeff13
    This tuner sucks for the reason that when muted, it creates a loud buzz...live with a band its not that bad, cause of crowd noise, but in a coffee house situation its unusable
    arhat108
    wrote: Dude, I wouldn't spend 90 bucks on a tuner if it tuned the guitar for me. What the hell is wrong with you people?
    Maybe other people aren't as gifted as you... that is if you are a working musician. If you are not a working musician your opinion is just that... your opinion. And just like a rectum, everybody has one. Pros don't take unnecessary chances with their sound. Anything and everything that enhances their music and facilitates the synthesis with fellow musicians should be considered an asset.
    rocker20
    arhat108 wrote: wrote: Dude, I wouldn't spend 90 bucks on a tuner if it tuned the guitar for me. What the hell is wrong with you people? Maybe other people aren't as gifted as you... that is if you are a working musician. If you are not a working musician your opinion is just that... your opinion. And just like a rectum, everybody has one. Pros don't take unnecessary chances with their sound. Anything and everything that enhances their music and facilitates the synthesis with fellow musicians should be considered an asset.
    no hes not whaling on how he can tune by his ear he was saying why buy a 90 doalr tuner instead of a 20 dolar krog
    guitarinchris
    i love this tuner, but it's already broken on me. the latch is fairly flimsy and one of the hinges snapped off completely. be careful!
    The_lizard_king
    its expensive for a tuner, thats why for home I use a website for that. But I have a portable 15 dollar one that works nice, for like jam sessions and gigs likewise.
    Inahrima
    rocker20 wrote: arhat108 wrote: wrote: Dude, I wouldn't spend 90 bucks on a tuner if it tuned the guitar for me. What the hell is wrong with you people? Maybe other people aren't as gifted as you... that is if you are a working musician. If you are not a working musician your opinion is just that... your opinion. And just like a rectum, everybody has one. Pros don't take unnecessary chances with their sound. Anything and everything that enhances their music and facilitates the synthesis with fellow musicians should be considered an asset. no hes not whaling on how he can tune by his ear he was saying why buy a 90 doalr tuner instead of a 20 dolar krog
    Yeah haha. I actually got my Zoom B2 Multi Effects unit for less than 90 bucks and it's inbuilt tuner is actually pretty damn accurate. Now factor in everything else it does and buying a $90 tuner (especially one that seems so crappily made) seems kinda silly.
    Skywalker007
    The pedal would be perfect but has on big flaw. When using an multi-adapter to power aaditional pedals, its starts emitting a buzzing noise. The pitch of the buzz changes with the LEDs. After reading a lot of reviews I've found that a lot of people expereince this. So, if anyone has this issue, but a separate 5 dollar 9v supply, or just buy the Boss TU2 if you want to use only 1 supply.
    <SpaceTime>
    Dude, I wouldn't spend 90 bucks on a tuner if it tuned the guitar for me. What the hell is wrong with you people?