Chromatic Pedal Tuner Review

manufacturer: Planet Waves date: 12/26/2008 category: Guitar Effects
Planet Waves: Chromatic Pedal Tuner
The Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner is a sweep and strobe tuner with patent-pending intuitive rotary user interface housed in a rugged, road-worthy metal enclosure. An oversized note name indicator and super-bright tuning LEDs combine to makeon-stage tuning easy in all lighting conditions. Professional features like true hard bypass for preserved tone and dual 9v AC jacks make this unit at home in any pedal board configuration.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
 Reliability & Durability: 6
 Ease of Use: 9.5
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overall: 8.3
Chromatic Pedal Tuner Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 17, 2008
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 71.0921

Purchased from: Toews Music

Ease of Use: I bought this tuner today at toews music for about 90 bucks. Tunes extremely accurately, fast, and has true bypass. there was no manual included with the tuner, but it's really not that hard to figure out for regular use. Although this tuner can also do strobe tuning and you can set it at different frequency's (for example a regular A is set at 440Hz, whereas this tuner can be set to tune at A440, down to 435 and up to 445. Came with a sweet leather case, which was a bonus. I'm going to give this a ten because the features it comes with are pretty decent. // 10

Sound: I'm using it with a squire butterscotch tele that's been tricked out and a Peavey Windsor Head through a Fender 4x12 cab. The light is super bright on this thing so tuning on stage is a little easyer. It has true bypass so that it preserves your tone unlike non true bypass which either boosts or cuts your signal. But it's not like on stage everybody is going to notice. Not much else to put here, it works just fine. // 10

Reliability & Durability: This is where this pedal worries me a little bit. The part of the pedal you stomp on is really flimsy, so you can reef on it like you can on a Boss pedal. I would use this without a backup with no worries. As long as you don't act like an idiot with it it should be fine. I'm going to give this a 5 because they definitely could have made it a bit sturdyer. // 5

Overall Impression: I like this tuner, it's accurate, very easy to see, and has true bypass, which for you tone buff's, is an important feature. I wish I would have seen how flimsy the stomping part was before buying it, but as long as I don't reef on it it should be just fine. I would buy this again just because it's so cheap compared to other tuners and has twice the features. This is planet waves's last shot with me, their cables have always let me down when I needed them and this is the last product I will ever buy from them if it breaks. I just wish the stomping part was a lot sturdyer, but good value for the price. // 8

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overall: 8.5
Chromatic Pedal Tuner Reviewed by: 1MM, on december 26, 2008
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 79

Purchased from: Local Independent Music Store

Ease of Use: 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. // 9

Sound: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 7

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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