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Tuner Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Pentatonic, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Looking for a reccomemdation for a good reliable tuner for general tuning needs and setups. I assume a pedal would be the most versatile? So far I've looked briefly online at the Boss TU-3 and TC Polytune.

    I just ordered a Genz-Benz Contour 500 210 which has a tuner out port if that helps.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Korg pitch black is great.
  3. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    i love my tc electronic polytune. hit the button and it mutes the signal to the amp. hit all 4/5/6 strings at the same time and it tells you if any or all strings are out of pitch. strobe or dial and has a usb port for future firmware updates. excellent construction also.
  4. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The tool you need for onstage tuning and the one you need to set intonation may not be the same one. In general, tuners with LED readout and those that clip on the headstock are good enough for stage work but not accurate enough to set intonation. I have a Conn Strobotuner that I use for setups but it never leaves the house.
  5. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    Polytune for me. Very accurate and easy to read. It doesn't come with a pwr. supply but takes a 9v. The Mini version doesn't have room for a battery and only runs off a wall-wart. Peterson makes digital strobe tuners for about the same price that may be better for set-ups.
  6. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I've used the Boss TU-3 for years. It's handy because I can quickly switch basses while it's muted for tuning. I also like my little clip-on Snark tuner.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  8. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Whenever feasable, I like to use the old rack tuners. Hard to find these days though. And admittedly, they're not real handy to take out to gigs. A Pitchblack would probably make more sense.


  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    + 1 for the TC polytune.

    I've got the TC and Korg Pitchblack and both work well, but on a dark stage the TC is easier for me to read. I've also got a 9V PS for use when an outlet is available, but I've also used both for 4~5 set jobs running off a battery and the battery lasts longer in the TC than it does the Korg.

    Either are good, I just prefer the TC.
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone.

    Has anyone got their hands on a Korg Pitchblack Pro yet? Looks like a nice unit with an intuitive, very easy to read display.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    For me a floor tuner is better than a rack tuner, I don't like to turn my back on the audience too much.

    I guess all the usual suspects have been mentioned; any of the TU-3, Pitchblack, Turbo and Polytunes will do the job.
  12. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    I have used many different tuners and always come back to Peterson!!!...if your setups..this will certainly help you Too!!!
  13. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    I can vouch for the Boss. Been using the TU models for years for all guitars on stage with great results.
  14. Thanks everyone.

    I ended up ordering the Turbo Tuner for its accuracy.

    Can't wait!
  15. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Good call.
    I've used lots of tuners over the years both in my own rigs and guitar teching on the road and the Turbo Tuner is easily the most bang for buck in the history of guitar tuners. If I had to use only one tuner it would without question be this one.