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Best tuner pedal for 5 string?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by nukes_da_bass, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    Ok so im not an effects guy so ill thank you all in advance for allowing a "plug and play" dinosaur like me to pick your pedal genius brains.
    So my R&B band did some recording this weekend and I performed epic fail bringing one of those clip on tuner toys.
    Guitard saved my @ss with what appeared to be a Boss inline optical guitar tuner pedal but like most tuning pedals It didnt like my low B.
    What can I find for $150 or less that will tune me accurately including my B string?
    Thanks in advance.
    Cheers!
    Nukes
  2. LowLife350

    LowLife350

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    If you do not need am always on tuner, the Turbo Tuner is hard to beat. $130 and tracks my low A as well as it does my high F.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    TC Polytune rules all. Use the leftover money for another pedal :)
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Turbo Tuner
    Pitchblack
    Polytune

    In that order - with the Turbo being the best, but most expensive, and the Pitchblack being the least expensive of the 3... A good Pitchblack can be had for $40 or less on GC's used gear pages - that's tough to beat, IMO...


    - georgetrings
  5. therhodeo

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    I have 2 of the planet waves clip on tuners. They track perfectly on my MTD Kingston 5 but not so much on my SBMM Ray 35. Guess which one has the best b string?
  6. Joe Louvar

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  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    Awesome! Turbotuner sounds like a clear leader.
    This is one of the things I love about. TB- lay experts whom have field tested tons of gear, info and technique!
  8. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    +1, Yep - I got a new one for $47.95 (on sale).
  9. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

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    It's what I use (the mini) and it handles my P-Bass DAEA tuning just fine. Very reliable and easy to see, plus it doubles as a mute switch (I place it at the end of my chain for a master mute switch)
  10. grumpyfunk

    grumpyfunk Supporting Member

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    Another vote for the turbo tuner, the fastest tracking on the B string of all the tuners I've tried.
  11. el murdoque

    el murdoque

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    i recently switched from clip tuner to pedal for the same reason - my B string was hard to track for the clip on and i usually tuned it by ear.
    I got me a pitchblack and could not want any more from a tuning pedal. It tracks fast,
    even the b string, and when i pluck the next string without stopping the string that's still ringing, it even gets that. Comfortable and cheap. Plus, it works as a mute switch and looks nice.
  12. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

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    LOVE my Turbo Tuner! I am strictly a 5 string player and this tuner is a beast! Fast, accurate, easy to see. Money well spent...:bassist:
  13. bassgod0dmw

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    I love my Polytune Mini. It's tiny and tracks down to a low Gb.

    The Boss TU-2 is the only tuner I've had that didn't track a low B.
  14. Downunderwonder

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    Pitchblack here.
  15. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    TC Electronic Polytune. Works fantastic for me...though sometimes it doesn't pick up the low B in poly mode.
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    The new Polytune 2 is even faster than the original Polytune, and that's saying something! The display is much brighter also, looks great even outside.
  17. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    Get a Zoom Ms-60B. You will get a great tuner and a decent effects pedal with some nice amp models as well. Even if all you use is the compressor and a few of the amp models it is an option to consider. The tuner tracks pretty well.
  18. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold Gold Supporting Member

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    To put out another inexpensive option...
    I am blind, so cannot see how well it works, but one of my mates (guitar) really likes how well my Snark SN10 works on a 5er.
  19. SPYD3R #9

    SPYD3R #9

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    I use my trustworthy pitchblack over the year... sold it and replace it with Zoom MS-60B (space-wise)
  20. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

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    Poly tune here too

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