Boss Tuner Pedals or Polytune?

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  1. Bordcla

    Bordcla Member

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    For an easy to use, reliable, everyday tuner pedal, and with Black Friday upon us, what do I buy?

    - Boss TU-3?
    - Boss TU-3W for $50 more?
    - Polytune?
    - Other?

    And why?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. efiltsohg

    efiltsohg SS.org Regular

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    go with whatever you like the layout & display the best on
     
  3. mongey

    mongey SS.org Regular

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    turbo tuner

    /end
     
  4. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The correct answer.

    It's the last tuner you'll ever need for $130.

    Most accurate and best tracking this side of $2k+ bench units.
     
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    PRS_Baritone_Vito SS.org Regular

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    I bought a Boss TU-2 about 15 years ago and it still works the same as it did the first day I bought it. It's been dropped, kicked, stomped on, etc. and it still delivers accurate tuning. If you can get a used one I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     
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  6. Bearitone

    Bearitone SS.org Regular

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    They make a mini version too :)
     
  7. mongey

    mongey SS.org Regular

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    Yep

    there is no other peace of gear in existence i would flat out say is the best choice for everyone. But the turbo tuner is the only one that is actually the best choice for everyone no matter who you are.
     
  8. Merrekof

    Merrekof SS.org Regular

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    Same..bought one over 10 years ago. That thing will probably outlast me.
     
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  9. Exchanger

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    I find the Korg Pitchblack (Advance) pretty good too, good tracking even for 5-string basses, very clear display, relatively compact, can relay the 9V power so you don't have to sacrifice another pedal on your board, and still pretty cheap.
     
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    Either is fine for six strings, the Polytune will not work well with the B string at all on a seven string. I had both the Polytune 2 mini and 3 mini. I dumped them both for the TU-3w and couldn't be happier. The buffer is awesome on it (which also can be set to true bypass unlike the TU-3) and it handles low turnings without an issue. The only perceivable downside to the TU-3w is it is a touch slower to register when tuning than a Polytune. It's well worth the premium price in my opinion.
     
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    I have a StroboStomp HD. Love it. I need to check out that Turbo Tuner though.
     
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    Merrekof SS.org Regular

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    Yeah...about that.. as a European resident it is not so easy to get. I did saw a few stores witg prices around 180-190€. That's almost 3 TU-3's..
     
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    I have a Polytune mini (vers 3? maybe?) and I do like it a lot, but sometimes it takes too long to understand which string I've plucked. Not every time; just sometimes. And I've even set it up properly for the tuning I play in. But the display is so nice to look at.

    I bought a monoprice tuner for 22$ off amazon the other day to leave in front of my practice amp, and it's definitely no polytune, but it does the job! For 22 bucks! and I like that the display is very large and uses blue, easy on the eyes. I could probably tune up without my glasses on
     
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    Meh, once you factor in shipping they are $200 in Canada
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I didn't know the OP was Canadian. In that case, maybe look for a used Strobo-Stomp or Strobo-Flip. They should be about half as much and more common, very similar tracking speed too.

    I used a Strobo-Flip for years before the Turbo, and it's a great little tuner.
     
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    efiltsohg SS.org Regular

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    I don't know that he is, but that's why I don't have one
     
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    My Polytune 2 is giving me issues...sometimes it wont come on and i have to unplug and plug the power again to work.

    Sometimes it gets confused with what string and what tune and wtf...
     
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    I have Peterson StroboStomp HD and is great. Easy to track B string on my 7-string. But I don/t think that screen is all that great. If you look at angle it is not good. Much like old laptop monitors that were unreadable from angle.
     
  19. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    I can't speak for either of the TU-3 pedals or Peterson, but I've been 100% happy with my two Polytune 3 pedals. The buffer in the 3 is really nice, plus it can also be set to be true bypass, and it's super accurate on the strobe setting. I tune my guitars as low as F and haven't had any problems with tracking. It starts to have a bit of lag when I'm tuning my bass below drop C or so, but it will still catch on and give an accurate reading.
     
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    I have a TU-3w for a few reasons.
    1. Needed something that has 2 outputs for my my specific setup
    2. Liked that it can be switched from buffered or true bypass
    3. It's Black

    The turbo tuner does look interesting though or a Strobostomp.
     
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