Best stage tuner?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by dave120, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    Hi guys,

    I decided that I need a new tuner. My little Korg one does the job most of the time but it's not cutting it too well for me anymore for gigging duty. It's impossible to see it in the dark and it's not very big of display. I'm kinda far sighted but I don't wear my glasses on stage so I need something big and bright. Muting ability isn't critical because my amp has a tuner mute switch and tuner out port so it'll just be sitting in that and not inline with my bass.

    Fender has one for like $25 or so called the ST-1 which looks like it might be decent. Has anyone tried this one before? Or have any other recommendations on what tuners have large easy to read displays and can be seen on a dark stage?
  2. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    The Boss TU 2 is hard to beat for dark rooms, tough to read in sun light. But it's built like a tank, you will wear out before it does. Most of the cheaper stuff falls apart. The other one thats cool is Peterson, but it's about 150. You can get the Boss for 90, and it's worth every penny.
  3. jimbob


    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    I second the TU-2. I have had it for 6 years and not 1 problem.
  4. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    I "third" the Boss TU-2. I tried one of the Korg rack tuners for about 10 minutes (then sent it back). The Boss is built like a tank and easy to read (and I like the stompbox approach).
  5. I have pretty average eyesight even with glasses, and I'm blind as a bat wothout them, and I use a Peterson StroboStomp. Not only insanely accurate, but very bright and easy to read. Not cheap at about $175 and it can eat up batteries if you leave the display on a lot. But all said it is the best I have used and I have never regretted the purchase.
  6. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    I also use a VSII that I can't do without!
  7. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    +100 on the Peterson Stomp Box and/or VS II. But get a Boss PS-2(?) so you won't have to worry about batteries dying.
  8. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    The Korg DT-10 may be a good option for your situation.
  9. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    Just a note about the new(er) Peterson StroboFlip VS-F Virtual Strobe Tuner. $199.99 at

    It's really great and comes with a built-in mic, a clip-on mic and a battery eliminator/wall-wart!

    You can't beat it at ANY price!!!
  10. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I have the Boss TU2. It's great. Granted, it's about $100, but worth every penny, IMO. I've had it for years, and works good as new. I know I'll have it for a LONG time to come. Great for live shows too, with the mute while tuning function (that's what I call it).
  11. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    the boss TU-12 is good, but only the one with the updated electronics that can actually detect the low b string. i think its the tu-12h or something.
  12. Foamy


    Jun 26, 2006
    Sac Area
    For a pedal, the Boss TU-2 is wonderful.
    For rack, I am happy with the $60 Behringer.
    It does, as other say, have a hard time with the low B, but I just tune the low B by the 5th fret as an E anyway - not even close to an inconvenience.
  13. How about the Rocktron or Planet Waves? They look like good options.
  14. Korg DTR2000 for a rack unit, TU-2 for pedal.........expensive, yeah, but worth every penny
  15. TU-2
  16. superblues


    Oct 5, 2006
    for the stage, i vote the Boss TU-2. i use it to tune and to daisy chain power to my other pedals.

    its not precse enough (± 3 cents) for intonation or studio work, but it gets the job done on stage.
  17. el_Kabong


    Jul 11, 2005
    +1 And you can see the peterson in direct sunlight. Try that with an led tuner. Can you spell invizerable?
  18. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    TU-2. Good stuff.
  19. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004

    +1 on the DTR 2000-- I have one in my rack.

    For predal tuner, I have a Korg DT-10.
  20. Eric Grossman

    Eric Grossman

    Nov 3, 2004
    St. Louis
    Endorsing Artist: Hipshot Products, DR Strings and Accugroove Speaker Cabinets
    the Boss TU-2 is the industry standard for gigging and touring players. For me, it's the best for many reasons.