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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 Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    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.
    gui**** 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.
  2. LowLife350


    Jun 28, 2012
    Troy, New York
    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 Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Turbo Tuner

    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


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    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. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    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!

  7. +1, Yep - I got a new one for $47.95 (on sale).
  8. sillyfabe

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

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA

    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)
  9. grumpyfunk


    Mar 26, 2012
    Boston, Ma
    Another vote for the turbo tuner, the fastest tracking on the B string of all the tuners I've tried.
  10. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    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.
  11. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    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:
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    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.
  13. Pitchblack here.
  14. Hamlet7768

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

    Jun 5, 2011
    TC Electronic Polytune. Works fantastic for me...though sometimes it doesn't pick up the low B in poly mode.
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    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.
  16. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    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.
  17. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    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.
  18. I use my trustworthy pitchblack over the year... sold it and replace it with Zoom MS-60B (space-wise)
  19. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Sacramento area
    Poly tune here too