First pedal tuner?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by rydin4lifebass, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. I'm looking to buy my first pedal tuner. I've been using a small Seiko chromatic tuner but I'm looking for something I can leave plugged in. I want to have the tuner out plugged into my amp at all times and just plug my bass into the tuner when I'm ready to play. Obviously AC power is required and overall usability without losing sound quality when the tuner is off are important. Your suggestions?
  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
  3. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
  4. TRyan5289


    Jul 18, 2012
    Davenport, Iowa
    Hands down, Korg Pitchblack.
  5. BigDBass

    BigDBass PWIYB!

    I used Arion Stage Tuners for many years. Recently moved to Korg Pitchblack as it seemed sufficiently small and reasonably priced. Also I just typed on this iPad onscreen keyboard in perfect time with a neat triplet run i played on the recording of rehearsal from this afternoon and I've had a couple beers since I got home in case anyone is wondering.
  6. HereIGoAgain


    Oct 16, 2011
    I'd say Korg Pitchblack Plus

    Buy your last pedal tuner first. I thought my Snark was something when it came to tuning my bass, but it never sounded near as in tune as it does with the Pitchblack plus.

    Other options....

    The "gold standard" of pedal tuners is the Peterson Strobostomp. The Sonic Research Turbo Tuner gets a lot of love as well.
  7. I have both the Pitchblack and the Polytune. Both are great tuners IMO. I find myself using the Polytune the most though.
  8. Bassist96


    Jan 13, 2013
    The boss tuner is absolutely perfect for what you need, it does all that
  9. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Polytune, pitchblack or boss tu3. You can't go wrong with either of those industry standards.
  10. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    I love my pitch black mainly because I can leave a 9v in it, AND leave it plugged in (input) without draining the batteries.
  11. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Pitchblack. Hands down.
  12. krstko


    Aug 29, 2011
    Cerknica, Slovenia
    I'd go with either Boss or TCE .. I just don't like Pitchblack, don't know why but I have this wierd feeling about them ..
  13. RhynoRock


    Dec 19, 2012
    Fredonia, NY
    Snark SN-10 chromatic tuner. If you get it from Amazon, search around a little and you'll find it for about half price of all of those other ones.
  14. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    I have a TU2 I use with my guitar rig, Works great. My bass rig has a Berhinger rack tuner. Works ok but its slow and will be replaced by a Korg at some point.
  15. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Sonic research turbo tuner the most accurate tuner out there and faster than the strobostomp. The Polytune and Pitch Black are also very good tuners(I have used both), But I will never switch from my Turbo Tuner.
  16. Leadfoot


    Sep 3, 2011
    I have used a TU-3 for a couple of years. I play classic rock with a few drop D songs. It works pretty quickly and the strobe feature works better than just up/down arrows.
  17. Stupid response here, but I assume any of the main tuners mentioned here simply let the signal from the bass thru to the amp when they're not on and I can just push down the "button" to turn the tuning on?
  18. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I have been using my TU-2 for years with no complaints or issues. Are there better tuners? Absolutely. Will this one do everything you need it to? Absolutely.

    Use the search feature. This topic has been covered here a million times.
  19. gmarcus

    gmarcus Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2003
    I've had a pitch black and a boss TU2. The pitch black is easier to see, more accurate and has true bypass so it does not effect your signal when off. Both of them can mute your signal when you are tuning and pass the signal to the amp when you are playing at the tap of the button. I only use the pitch black now. Oh yeah the pitch black is much quicker to pick up the b string. The TU2 takes a while to lock on to the B.

    My suggestion is the pitch black
  20. lowendmetal


    Jan 30, 2013
    I use my tu-2 in the fx loop of my shuttle 9. Click, tune, off, its perfect, and it tracks my 5 string tuned to A standard