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What does the "tuner out" on volume pedals mean?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Invisible_Kid, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    I've already asked this question, but I'm asking it again because nobody gave an answer that I could understand. So what exactly is the function of the tuner out, and how does one make it work? :confused:
  2. You plug your tuner into it.
    When you kill the volume to your amp with the pedal, this output still passes signal, so you can tune silently.
  3. faceinbass


    Apr 20, 2008
    THREAD OF THE YEAR! :bassist:
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    except that doing so loads down the signal, possibly hurting the tone.

    best avoided.
  5. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    What kind of tuner is used to plug in?
  6. Any electronic tuner.
    Boss, Fender, Korg--there are dozens of them out there.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Absurd. Even if this were true, the effect would be inaudible in a gig situation.
  8. Depends on the volume pedal. A powered pedal will likely work better for this than a passive one.
  9. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    And I just use a regular instrument cable?
  10. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    The tuner output of an amp is buffered (powered by its own output amp), so it is the same whether anything is plugged in or not (At least any decent amp).

    It is around the same output level as your bass, so you just use a standard instrument cable. I have a rack type tuner connected to my MarkBass Tuner out, so I can quickly tune any guitar plugged into the amp.
  11. McSpunckle


    Feb 15, 2008
    Yup. Plain ole instrument cable. Doesn't even need to be a good one for this!

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