Best tuner?

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  1. littlebadboy

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    Hello everyone!

    May I ask what's the best tuner out there based on first hand experience?

    I see that the Peterson strobo tuner and TC Polytune are great on paper.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    ST300 Turbo Tuner is the best one I've used so far. I haven't tried the Peterson ones, but I heard good things about them too.
     
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    I have a Polytune mini 2 and I love it. I use it in strobe mode mostly. All my fiends have a hard time reading it at first because they aren’t used to strobe but it has the regular mode as well if that’s easier for you. I has a bunch of others modes as well I think, I haven’t really ever read the manual to be honest. The poly feature is cool to check them all at a glance, and I like having a single switch on my board I can hit and kill the signal.
     
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    Sonic Research Turbo Tuner. Any model.

    Easily compares to my stupid expensive Peterson stuff.
     
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    In a sea of gear questions with multiple answers, of which many are correct
    , this one has one simple , singular answer. Turbo tuner. Seriously
     
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    Has all the different display modes you would expect and the screen is 3D so regardless of angle you are standing relative to the tuner, you can see the display perfect.
     
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    The ST300 is the best regarded tuner out there. Comparable to the Peterson, but cheaper and with a more responsive display.

    I'm using the tuner built in my Shure GLXD-16 Wireless and I'm pretty happy with it.
     
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    I have a few of the Polytune 3 tuners and they're crazy accurate in the strobe mode, plus the buffer is very high quality. I never actually use the poly mode since it isn't as accurate and has always seemed like kind of a gimmick to me.
     
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    I own the fender, planet waves and boss pedal tuners and just got the korg pitchblack pro rack (for my studio rack).

    the fender button spring always flies out and gets lost and the display is difficult to read/not super accurate.
    the planet waves tuner button latch broke (i fixed it) but the display is really big and easy to read and picks up notes quickly.
    the boss tuners have always been indestructible and easy to read and quick to pick up notes.
    the korg rack tuner is amazing so far, big bright display, picks up notes quickly, cable tester, etc etc.

    as always, research the shit out of it and then buy once, cry once !!

    my 5 cents \m/
     
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    My boss TU-3 never lead me astray.
     
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    I bought a Korg DT10 in like 2008 and it has survived hundreds of practices and shows. Does all I need it to.
     
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    I used the Peterson Strobostomp Classic at my tech bench for years for strobe tuner accuracy and had no complaints about it. I have not used the newer HD version nor the other tuners mentioned above yet.
     
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    Thanks everyone! Wow... choosing a tuner may be complicated!
     
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    Peterson and Turbo's seem to be the only ones that can give you custom sweetened tunings (important for pedal steels which are ridiculously hard to tune,

    aside from something like the tuner module in a Fractal Axe or fx8 which i've been eyeballing. Good explanation of strobe vs bar tuners: https://wiki.fractalaudio.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tuner
     
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    I use Peterson Stomp HD and love it. I use it for guitar setup though.
    For everyday use I use modeler built-in tuner or polytune clip on.
     
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    Consider what you want to use it for. If you want to set intonation on your guitar you want the most accurate thing you can afford. If you just want to tune your guitar then that level of accuracy is not needed and you want something that gives you a stable, easy to read reading. Just for tuning I feel anything that is +/- 1 cent accuracy is good enough and feel that strobe tuners are not all that necessary as for quick tuning you won't have time to obsess over getting the strobe display to settle still.
     
  18. Floppystrings

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    I would go with Boss. What is most important to me is a tuner that picks up the signal instantly, I hate tuner lag where you have to wait extra long every single time you hit the string and turn the tuner button before the tuner picks up the signal again. I have always felt strobe tuners belong on tech's work benches, are you really going to stand there and wait for that slot machine display to stop spinning, not likely. lol

    In this video a guy compares the Boss with a Peterson and you can see exactly what I am talking about with the response the Boss has:

     
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    And that's why I love the Turbo tuner. Accuracy of a strobe, simplicity of a Boss.



    Accurate for setups, simple and bright for pedalboards. Super super useful.
     
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    That is pretty good, a lot better than the Peterson stuff I have seen.

    I will admit I have been using Boss tuners so long it would be hard to change, because of the different colored LEDs I got to the point where I can see out of the corner of my eye what is going on.

    One thing that would be rough is I only use batteries for my tube screamer now, and the Boss uses a lot of juice for those bright LEDs, and you can't have it fail, so it kind of needs a power supply, which is unfortunate in my case anyway.
     

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