Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by noeinstein, Feb 9, 2022.

  1. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I've had Korg pitchblack and Joyo JT-305 pedal tuners. First the Korg died, and I replaced it with the Joyo. Tonight it died. I tried changing batteries and plugging them in... no joy. Neither was abused... I just don't get it. Is this common?
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  2. Sometimes they just give up. Could be a bad solder joint. Could be a buncha things.
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  3. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    If I dropped it down a flight of stairs or plugged it into the wrong power supply it would make some sense, but to have them working fine one day and then die the next is confusing.
  4. Pulverizor


    Jun 14, 2018
    New Zealand
    Checked for Gremlins?
  5. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I guess its either that or an FM problem.
  6. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I had one of those korg pitch black minis die on me after a couple years too
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  7. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    That's been my experience with Pitchblack's, I have two that just stopped working. I use a Sonic Research ST-300 now, and so far it's been working like a champ.
  8. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Tuners die like that.
    One day, they're good, the next, they're dead.
    What do you expect? That they start by being a few cents off, then the LEDs get dimmer, start flickering and finally, it will stutter, then burst in flames?

    I own two Pitchblacks. One was purchased new around 2012 and the other was an old, used and abused one that I grabbed for ten bucks around 2017. Both are fine. I needed to fasten the nut for the foot switch on one at some point, that's it.
  9. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I did expect a more gradual failing. It seems unusual that both failed in the same way (good one day, dead the next). Since I'm the common denominator, I wonder if I'm doing/not doing something that causes the failure. What am I missing?
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  10. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Could be plenty of reasons. Bad PSU or bad cable (if you're using it on a board).
    Bad Luck.
    Bad climate for tuner pedals.

    How is your setup? Do you have the tuner on a board? What else? What PS
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  11. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Sometimes coincidences are just that, coincidences.
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  12. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    I know someone with a pitchblack that died. Having taken apart mini pedals, there seems to be an engineering problem with how the actuator and switch push against a circuit board.

    Get a TC polytune or an old Boss. They are both great pedals.
  13. Wretched Banana

    Wretched Banana

    Mar 7, 2020
    MA, US
    [OT] I made the switch from velcro to dual lock after a heated show where I accidentally kicked the tuner off my board into the audience. I was half expecting a similar story coming to this thread.
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  14. Doug4321


    May 29, 2017
    No. As the ancients knew, there are spirits in all things.
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  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Then bless the pedals with sage before applying power
  16. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Maybe they know the guitarist is gonna say your out of tune anyway.
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  17. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    What power supply are you using with your tuners? What other effects pedals, if any, are also being used at the same time? Are they all on the same power supply?
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I could only own 36 basses what would they be?
    don't let your soldiers smoke joints

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  19. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    That was my thought exactly... my PolyTune must be getting on for 10-15 years old... my Boss TU-2 must be over a quarter of a century by now... both rock solid tuners and bomb proof!
  20. Ggaa

    Ggaa Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2018
    My pitchblack mini won't hold on to a guitar cable, have to Velcro strap it to keep it plugged in. Still works but replacing it.

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