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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... Read More

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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-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")
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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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Done with Boss

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...Read complete review

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

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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.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Its a quality tuner. Just a dated design.

    By Jesse

    from Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      Would greatly prefer that the digital indicator show the note im tuning instead of string number. Very dated looking compared to the tc polytune. Tunes quickly and accurately though.

      (2 of 2 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

         
        5.0

        Works well

        By Nick

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        Supposed to be the standard. Still new, and works well. Can tune up in "silence". I like that it has a generic "chromatic" setting for my cello, and then there are the presets for my bass guitar and regular guitar if'n I want.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great purchase

        By Scarlet

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          Does its job, and is easy to use!

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Battery goes dead

          By Michael

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          Pedal battery keeps going dead even if unit is not plugged in.

          (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

          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.

           
          5.0

          Great!!!

          By Bob

          from Mt. Airy, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Tuner

          Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          Great tuner. Does everything you could ask a tuner to do.

           
          5.0

          This Pedal is Essential

          By Robbie

          from Wyckoff NJ

          Site Member

          Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          Every electric player should this pedal. No other pedal gets the job done as well as the Boss Tu-3 Does. It has pinpoint accuracy with tuning and is perfect for a live setting. If I am at band practice, and my bandmates are making a lot of loud noise with their instruments, it does not matter. This thing will still pick up just my guitar with no problem. I never actually used the power supply part of it because I just use a one spot and I don't have too many pedals on my board. I used to use a behringer rip off of this pedal for $20, but it was garbage, so I got the real deal. Save your money and get this tuner, it will be the last tuner you ever buy.

           
          5.0

          Simply The Best

          By stacy starnes

          from Guthrie, Oklahoma

          Comments about Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          You can find another, but none better. Opinions are like.....you prob. have an old saying yourself. The point is one can simply look on professional rigs and find this pedal. Enough said!

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