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Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

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One of the world's top-selling stage tuners, the BOSS TU-2, has evolved and improved into the TU-3 pedal tuner. Housed in a tank-tough BOSS stompbox body, the TU-3 chromatic tuner features a smooth 21... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

One of the world's top-selling stage tuners, the BOSS TU-2, has evolved and improved into the TU-3 pedal tuner. Housed in a tank-tough BOSS stompbox body, the TU-3 chromatic tuner features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode that cuts through the harshest outdoor glare. Choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes. Accu-Pitch Sign gives you pinpoint visual verification that tuning is complete. The BOSS TU-3 tuner incorporates a convenient Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to 6 half-steps. It's the kind of instrument pedal tuner that no performing guitarist or bass player should be without.

FEATURES

  • 21-segment LED meter with brightness control
  • High-Brightness mode enhances meter visibility outdoors
  • Accu-Pitch Sign function provides visual verification when tuning is complete
  • Chromatic and Guitar/Bass mode (tune by string number, with support for 7-string guitars and 6-string basses)
  • Flat tuning is supported with Guitar Flat mode, which allows for drop tunings up to 6 semitones below standard pitch
  • Signal is automatically muted when the tuner is on
  • Supplies power for up to 7 BOSS compact effect pedals (with optional PCS-20A Cable)
  • Accessories:
  • Owner's Manual
  • Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
  • Dry battery/9V type (6F22)
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Tuning Range: C0 (16.35Hz) -C8 (4186Hz)
  • Reference Pitch: A4=436-445Hz (1Hz step)
  • Tuning Accuracy: ±1 cent
  • Power Supply: DC 9V: Dry battery 6F22 (9V) type (carbon), Dry battery 6LR61 (9V) type (alkaline), AC Adaptor
  • Current Draw: 30 mA (DC 9V), 85mA (DC 9V, when High Brightness mode is on)
  • Dimensions
    • Width: 73 mm, 2-7/8"
    • Depth: 129 mm, 5-1/8"
    • Height: 59 mm, 2-3/8"
    • Weight: 390g, 14 oz.
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    Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
    90 day labor warranty.
    1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
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    BossTU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner
     
    4.6

    (based on 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Responsive (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
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      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    TU-3 - Just the Job!

    The improved accuracy and tracking time over the old TU-2 is a BIG bonus. While accuracy is not too important (bearing in mind as soon as you fret a string the tuning changes...Read complete review

    The improved accuracy and tracking time over the old TU-2 is a BIG bonus. While accuracy is not too important (bearing in mind as soon as you fret a string the tuning changes slightly) it is particularly useful when setting or checking the intonation on a guitar. The tracking is FAST! Yes, there are faster tuners, but the typical 1/10 of a second response time is fast enough! Tap out a scale and the TU-3 will follow! (Which makes it a great learning tool - to check those pentatonic practice scales for accuracy!) The LED's are brighter on the new model - and there are more of them. Much easier to read at a glance. The "Acu-pitch" feature is good. By flashing, it confirms spot-on tuning. Contrary to some opinion, it is NOT a "tone sucker" - even though Boss do not use "true-bypass". (I understand they always use an FET buffer instead.) I only use a "clean boost" pedal with a Marshall tube amp (with the TU-3 in by-pass mode). The tuner has no audible effect. It's a Boss - so it will take all the normal abuse a working guitarist will give it - including the odd spilled beer! Unlike a "Pitchblack" tuner I tried recently (and returned!) there are no clunks and speaker pops when you hit the pedal. Silent operation. My only gripe is no switch. Plugging in the guitar chord switches it on. That's OK if it is used with a power supply, but not so good if you prefer to use batteries - and don't remember to unplug the guitar! Overall it's a "must have" tuner for anyone at any level. Cheaper ones just don't do the job, and spending more would be a waste of money.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great.. for four months.

    I purchased my Boss TU 3 tuner after doing my research, reading the reviews and asking around. I was convinced this was the best tuner for the money, if not the best period....Read complete review

    I purchased my Boss TU 3 tuner after doing my research, reading the reviews and asking around. I was convinced this was the best tuner for the money, if not the best period. I went to my local Guitar Center and bought one November 2011. I was very satisfied with the product and it worked great until March 2012. This product was never abused and lightly used at best, since I play Bass and am not constantly tuning my instrument and it was only used two or three a week. Apparently the switch went bad; being so new I took the tuner back to my local Guitar Center for an exchange. Here is where the real problem lies. I felt as though the associate treated me like a moron and was only interested in defending the stores extended warranty program. After several frustrating minutes, I left the defective product on the counter and advised the associte I would never spend another dollar with Gutiar center. I am telling others to do the same as well. My business is going to local shops where there is appreciation for my business and service after the sale.

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    (35 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply Great

    By Piper

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    I like to frequently tune in between songs, especially after heavy bending. This thing makes it extremely easy in all kinds of light. Tuning down is a simple push of a button and then tune.....No pop when you engaged. Has that famouns Boss accuracy and the true bypass is perfect!

    (34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Nice Upgrade!

    By Bert

    from Buffalo, NY

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    I've had the new Boss TU-3 for a couple of weeks now, and have been extremely pleased with it so far. It's a nice improvement over the TU-2 (which was a nice pedal to begin with). It seems to be just a tad more accurate, and the new "Accu-Pitch Sign" feature makes it easier to see when you're in tune. I'd recommend this pedal to any gigging guitarist or bassist.

    (20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    TU-3 - Just the Job!

    By WaZaK

    from Mid-West USA

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    The improved accuracy and tracking time over the old TU-2 is a BIG bonus. While accuracy is not too important (bearing in mind as soon as you fret a string the tuning changes slightly) it is particularly useful when setting or checking the intonation on a guitar. The tracking is FAST! Yes, there are faster tuners, but the typical 1/10 of a second response time is fast enough! Tap out a scale and the TU-3 will follow! (Which makes it a great learning tool - to check those pentatonic practice scales for accuracy!) The LED's are brighter on the new model - and there are more of them. Much easier to read at a glance. The "Acu-pitch" feature is good. By flashing, it confirms spot-on tuning. Contrary to some opinion, it is NOT a "tone sucker" - even though Boss do not use "true-bypass". (I understand they always use an FET buffer instead.) I only use a "clean boost" pedal with a Marshall tube amp (with the TU-3 in by-pass mode). The tuner has no audible effect. It's a Boss - so it will take all the normal abuse a working guitarist will give it - including the odd spilled beer! Unlike a "Pitchblack" tuner I tried recently (and returned!) there are no clunks and speaker pops when you hit the pedal. Silent operation. My only gripe is no switch. Plugging in the guitar chord switches it on. That's OK if it is used with a power supply, but not so good if you prefer to use batteries - and don't remember to unplug the guitar! Overall it's a "must have" tuner for anyone at any level. Cheaper ones just don't do the job, and spending more would be a waste of money.

    (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tuner

    By asdf

    from California

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    I bought this tuner today and spent the extra ten dollars to upgrade from the TU-2. It's wayyy more accurate and works with lower tuning like drop C# which my band uses. It can also work as a killswitch if you're on stage and is extremely durable, if you buy it at a store and are offered to pay for a warranty, don't. Boss pedals are really durable and almost never break. I highly reccomend this.

    (17 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great.. for four months.

    By Clay Cleghorn

    from Montgomery, AL

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    I purchased my Boss TU 3 tuner after doing my research, reading the reviews and asking around. I was convinced this was the best tuner for the money, if not the best period. I went to my local Guitar Center and bought one November 2011. I was very satisfied with the product and it worked great until March 2012. This product was never abused and lightly used at best, since I play Bass and am not constantly tuning my instrument and it was only used two or three a week. Apparently the switch went bad; being so new I took the tuner back to my local Guitar Center for an exchange. Here is where the real problem lies. I felt as though the associate treated me like a moron and was only interested in defending the stores extended warranty program. After several frustrating minutes, I left the defective product on the counter and advised the associte I would never spend another dollar with Gutiar center. I am telling others to do the same as well. My business is going to local shops where there is appreciation for my business and service after the sale.

    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Tuner, Bad Power

    By Bob T

    from Schenectady, NY

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    As a tuner, this thing is great! LEDs are easy to read and it reports the tones back very fast. My only issue is with battery consumption. The unit doesn't tell you when it is "on" unless you're plugged into it. It eats through 9-volts like they're free. I suggest getting the 9v adapter.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everybody should have one of these

    By Jonathan Hooper

    from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    This is a great tuner. When you step on it it mute your guitar and lets you tune in between songs. This is great for tuning up your guitar real quick in between long sets. What really impressed though was that I could see it playing an outdoor gig recently when I couldn't all my other pedals because the sun was too bright. If you plan on playing live, then this is the tuner for you

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Must Have

    By Colter

    from Plains, MT

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Works great. The bypass is a handy feature for when you're playing and notice you're out of tune. Instead of stopping and tuning, you can just tune with ease while you play. If you're an active musician this is a must have.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pedal for a great price.

    By Joey Wright

    from St. Peters, MO

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Let's be honest... price is hardly an option when the alternative is being out of tune, thereby destroying any sense of beauty coming from your instrument. (within reason i suppose) That being said, this tuner doesn't even hurt to pay for... it's 99 bucks... ridiculously cheap considering what you are getting... a boss stomp box tuner, which implies durability and industry standard as a pedal board adornment... but they've upped the ante. This tuner says it gets within 1 cent of the pitch... i haven't performed any scientific tests to verify this, but I'm confident that the TU3 is getting me into a more precise and exact tuning than did my TU2 (a pedal i toured with for years... played with and stomped on thousands of times... and still works flawlessly). Add this little extra... when you tune to the pitch you are after, once you achieve it you get a visual indicator letting you know you have arrived... in addition to the two yellow arrows that have indicated pitch, now you get a parade a lights starting on the outside and racing toward the center to 'bookend' either side of the pitch you've arrived at. Incredibly simple... yet super effective... the guess work all guitar players know when you are playing live of 'i got to the pitch... uh... did i go past it a touch... uh... did i go too far back...' etc is over. If you have never used a boss stomp box tuner, time for you to catch up. If you have used the TU2, stop reading reviews. Order this pedal now. You won't regret it. (i really should buy some stock in Boss, eh?)

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Product...When it works

    By Jared H

    from Louisiana

    Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    I purchased this pedal 3 days ago. It worked PERFECTLY and awesome...for the day it actually worked. It was used 1 time. I turned it on one day, and the number "0" and a needle pointing to "CHROMATIC" was flashing. We called Boss and we found out we needed to replace the battery. The battery in it was one of those "off-brand" batteries. This could be caused by it being on the shelf, though. Once we figured it out, it works like a charm! It's one of the best tuners and gets your guitar tuned spot on. Just get some replacement batteries

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Done with Boss

    By trip

    from lake forest , ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Boss customer service

      Best Uses

      • look pretty on a board

      Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      Done with Boss pedals, this thing is you use anything other than a boss power supply, it goes stupid. Which means my DC brick I power everything else with cant be used on this, which means chancing a battery going dead or a second plug in.

      This lasted about 6 months, Boss customer service is non existent, you sit on hold 30 minutes then it says leave a message. Lousy service

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this is a tuner, it does its job well

      By Kenny

      from Ambler, PA

      Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      this tuner is simple, and it does its job well. doesnt take up too much space, doesnt weaken the signal too much at all. it does wonders for tuning, even tho my gibson explorer stays in tune most of the time, if it gets bumped this pedal goes right on. this also works as a mute if you need it. its sturdy, easy to use, and cheap. get it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Get the AC adapter!

      By Joseph Petrino

      from NYC, NY

      Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      Great piece of equipment but eats 9V batteries. Ac adapter is a must.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bass Tuner Ever

      By Warren Carlson

      from St. Paul, MN

      Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      This is easily the best tuner I have ever used for bass, and I have tried nearly all of them out there including expensive rack mounted tuners. Most tuners take forever to read the low B string on a 5/6 string bass if they even pick it up at all but this one picks up the note right away even when drop tuned to A. I also love how the lights flash and strobe to center when you are in tune to let you know you are there. I tune my bass way faster with this tuner than the clip on tuners I have been using recently.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Its a Tuner what more do you want?

      By Alex

      from Buffalo NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        Its a tuner, there is not much to them. This one has some bells and whistles. I like it, I recommend it if you want to have a pedal tuner that can be incorporated into your setup easily.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This tuner is a Boss

        By Steve O

        from El Paso TX

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        Even though other tuners may tune more than 1 string and have more accuracy and features, this tuner is better built, and will last a lot longer. It has a very good buffer in it. When I put it 1st before all my other pedals, it improved my tone for my pedals and amp. It also has a lot of features and its well worth the money.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best of the best

        By zack sabbath

        from front royal virginia

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        I got this as a Christmas gift and all i can say is it awesome easy fast and simple, you can choose chromatic or strobe with the touch of a botton. no popping when you turn it on and the bypass jack come in handy. by far much better than any other i've used

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't leave without it.

        By kenneth

        from Carolina, PR

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        Has helped me greatly acheiving a fine tunning before and during playing, also the fact you can tune without being heard while playing is a great plus, specifically playing at church. I have had it for the past 3 weeks and have become very attached to it to the extent I left without it the other day and really missed it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Tuner!

        By Will Cheatham

        from Virginia

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        I almost hate to say and its in every boss review but of course Boss pedals are built like a tank. Best tuner, love using the bypass especially for gigging.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Essential Pedal for Bassists - Especially Fretless!

        By Thomas Semioli

        from New York, New York

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        In over thirty years of playing bass, I've hardly ever used pedals, however this Boss Tuner is absolutely essential. No need to fumble with plastic tuners which break or go dead when the battery runs out - especially on the battlefield that is the bandstand and the travelling van. Hit the pedal to mute, tune, and you're good to go. Highly recommended for fretless bass as the heat of performance under lights or humid clubs and/or the weather outdoors wreaks havoc with intonation. Like all Boss pedals, this tuner is sturdy and will last a lifetime. Great look, easy to use.

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