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Which Tuner?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Joe Louvar, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Boss TU-3

  2. TC Electronics Polytune 2

  3. Turbo

  4. Korg Pitchblack

  1. I'm building a new effects petal board - which tuner do you recommend?

    NOTE: The Turbo from Sonic Research.

  2. I assume "Turbo" means the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner?
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I want to say Polytune, but an interesting new option is the Korg Pandora Stomp.
  4. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do?

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    I have the Korg on my guitar pedal board and it works great. I am string up a rack mount for my bass stuff so I ordered a Rocktron rack mount tuner for that.
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I voted Turbo, but if you mostly play passive basses, you *might* be better served with the TU-3, depending on what else you're going to have on your board... Out of the listed choices, the TU-3 is the worst actual tuner, but is the only buffered tuner of the bunch... My choices, in order would be:

    Turbo Tuner

    - georgestrings
  6. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I thought I would prefer the Polytune over my Pitchblack, so I borrowed one for a few gigs - I actually prefer the Pitchblack...

    - georgestrings
  7. Oops ~

    Yes, the Sonic Research Turbo.
  8. The one pedal I ALWAYS have on my board is the Turbo Tuner. It is fast and extremely accurate in my experience, plus it is truly true bypas. No power is required when the tuner is bypassed. Having said that, I don't get quite the battery life they claim, but I also often use my Turbo for setting intonation, which takes a bit longer with tuner engaged. I still get several months use from a fresh 9v though.
  9. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    There really is no better tuner than the Turbo. The only reason I could see someone choosing another tuner is due to budget concerns.
  10. I prefer the mini Polytune. Tiny footprint and quick. Not pricey either. Knocked my Boss off the board.
  11. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I voted the Poly. These are GREAT tuners. Easy to use and very accurate. I use a mini noir. Very happy, its very small.
  12. Turtle71

    Turtle71 Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Pitchblack for me, tunes fast and accurate on all my 4's & 5's.

    It works great on both actives & passives.

    I have 2, one on each board.

    I have no experience with the Turbo or Poly, but I have compared it to the TU-3...Pitchblack beat it...IMO, YMMV etc...
  13. I have "passive" Fender P & J basses (4 stringers) - just in case that makes any difference?
  14. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    I have used all your tuners above...but my fav is the Peterson Tuners!... a little more money...but great tuners and great customer service too!!
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    In that case, having a buffered pedal in your signal chain will help prevent signal loss and loss of some highs, in the event that your cable run from your board to your amp is on the long side... Active basses are alreay buffered from their preamp - what else are you planning on having on your board???

    I'm no expert on effects, since I don't use them - but I do know a little about signal chains...

    - georgestrings

  16. I have the noir also. Was 6$ cheaper than white. Don't know why but black's my colour anyway so...
  17. seansv


    Jun 19, 2011
    Philadelphia PA
    +1, and the reason I use the tu-3
  18. Nervallah


    Dec 14, 2013
    Voted Pitchblack but have heard good things about the Turbo.
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL

    Ok the buffered part may be great but why the heck would a recommendation for a "the worst actual tuner" be a good thing??
  20. dirtytone


    Nov 9, 2012
    I use a TU2 for my tuna needs. Mainly the buffer. Does it's job. No complaints. Especially for $25.. Had a previously sold the TU3. Same thing. Tu3 was better in sunlight but whateves.. Still does it's job well.