TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner  

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Tuning used to be a necessary evil. The last barrier before you could get truly rocking. But now, tuning is ready to get blasted into the 21st century with PolyTune, the stomp-box-sized tuning miracle... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Tuning used to be a necessary evil. The last barrier before you could get truly rocking. But now, tuning is ready to get blasted into the 21st century with PolyTune, the stomp-box-sized tuning miracle from TC Electronic. The magic lies in an approach to tuning aimed at speed, accuracy and ease of use. With PolyTune, you simply strum all strings on your guitar or bass at once, and it will immediately tell you which strings need tuning. It really is as simple as strum, tune, and rock. This leap forward in tuners allows you to get in tune fast, and back to doing what you love”playing.

Strum, tune, and rock
Providing an instant overview of the pitch of all your strings, PolyTune is an invaluable tool in live settings, where it is essential to be in tune quickly and ready to play. Crowds don't want to wait around, they want to rock, and, let's face it, so do you. Besides live use, this stomp box will deliver like no other in any situation where you want to get tuning out of the way and focus on play.

Fever pitch
Equally effective for guitar and bass, PolyTune is extremely flexible as well. The reference pitch can be set to your preference and ranges from 435Hz to 445Hz. This guarantees you'll be able to play along with anyone, with any instrument and in any situation.

Drop it like it's hot
If you are a guitarist that likes to play at a different pitch than standard, this is your go-to pedal, allowing for dropped tunings from E-flat all the way down to B.

Chromatic champion
Besides the Polyphonic tuner, PolyTune has a chromatic tuner that can hang with the best current tuning technology out there, with an amazing 0.5-cent accuracy.

Tuning modes
The two separate chromatic tuning modes cater to your individual preferences and needs. Needle mode is for those that are used to the classic view on a tuner. Stream-mode is for musicians that want a little more real-time information. The Stream mode measures even the slightest pitch variation and instantly feeds the info back via a rotating motion on the display.

Tuning magnet
Key to both these great chromatic modes is an ultra-fast and precise response, which is achieved via the use of the unique tuner magnet feature. This slows down the needle once you get close to the desired pitch, making it much easier to get the job done quickly.

MonoPoly
Whether you want to use the polyphonic tuner to get in tune, or prefer to go the chromatic route, this pedal has you covered. PolyTune features "MonoPoly", a unique patent-pending technology that recognizes whether you play one or more strings and instantly replies with the appropriate poly- or monophonic tuning mode.

Total recall
Of course, all of these amazing features would not mean a thing if they were a pain to use or set up. So, TC Electronic added some traits to ensure this tuner is calibrated to the guitarist. Unlike most other tuners, PolyTune stores your preferences. From pitch reference to tuning mode, it hangs on to this information even after it is powered down, making sure you only have to set how you want things to happen once. The next time you power up again, it will show you the settings, so you instantly know everything is exactly how you want it to be.

Tuning as it should be
PolyTune provided a chance to build the ultimate tuning tool from the ground up and finally get rid of some of the current tuner drawbacks that guitarists run into time and time again

A strong display of innovation
Guitarists that play gigs recognize the nightmare of an unclear display, due to for example bright sunlight, an overeager light technician or a stage smoke machine gone bonkers. PolyTune offers unprecedented visibility using an ambient light sensor, which automatically matches the brightness of the LEDs to its surroundings. PolyTune features 17 LEDS which allow for a higher resolution. The LEDs themselves are bright and focused to ensure optimal visibility at all times. And as an added bonus, the 100 LED matrix can give you information right on the display, so you won't have to go dig for the manual mid-gig.

Size matters
PolyTune will brighten any pedal board, Its small footprint design means that PolyTune doesn't take up more of your precious pedal board real estate than absolutely necessary.

Spruce the juice
Battery changes are a breeze thanks to the one-screw, easy access battery compartment. In addition, when powered by an external 9V DC power supply, the 9V DC out can be used to power other pedals on your board.

True bypass
The true bypass feature ensures PolyTune is only there when you need it. It allows for your carefully sculpted tone to flow unaffected when the pedal is bypassed and for silent tuning once engaged.

Features
  • Strobe and needle modes
Specifications
  • Tuning accuracy: ±0.5 cent
    Reference pitch: A4 = 435 to 445Hz (1 Hz steps)
    Input impedance: 500 kOhm (pedal on)
    Power supply: One 9V type battery or AC adapter (9V DC), sold separately
    Current Draw: 45-50 mA (typical use)
    Dimensions: 3"W x 5"D x 1-3/4"H
    Weight: 10.6 oz. (incl. battery)
    Included items: One 9V battery, two pieces of 3M velcro for pedal board attachment
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TC ElectronicPolytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner
 
4.2

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Functional (14)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (14)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great tuner, but could use automatic to manual switch for the polychromatic/chromatic mode switching

the polytune pedal is a great tuning pedal performancewise, but its features can make it a a little difficult to use if pressed for time. the pedal will sometimes (rarely) think that a...Read complete review

the polytune pedal is a great tuning pedal performancewise, but its features can make it a a little difficult to use if pressed for time. the pedal will sometimes (rarely) think that a single note is a chord and go into "chord mode" and it takes about half a second for the pedal to switch between modes(polychromatic and chromatic) so if you are trying to simply fix one string thats out of tune then it can get annoying. and if you have any bandmates that need to borrow a tuner, you have to explain to them why it sometimes switches modes. I just wish there was a switch to allow you to choose automatic "mode switching" or manual "mode switching". Also, this pedal does not suck tone, trust me i am planning on majoring in electrical engineering and im a tone snob so i would notice it if it did suck any of my tone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

Needed another tuner (have a Boss TU-2). The polytune feature and true bypass sold me on this one. It's a great idea but unfortunately, not fully realized yet. I do like...Read complete review

Needed another tuner (have a Boss TU-2). The polytune feature and true bypass sold me on this one. It's a great idea but unfortunately, not fully realized yet. I do like the display and quick tuning response...but it has problems and is very quirky. Exchanged the first one I got, thinking maybe it was a lemon and hoping the problems were limited to just that one unit. Same thing again with the second tuner. I used the neck pickup (best with any tuner) and my finger (following their suggestions for best results) and a pick. I tried it with four different guitars and pickup configs (both single coils and hums). Sometimes it just won't track a string (tuning individually) and the poly display will be missing the blip that corresponds to that string - taking WAY too much time to finally get a read. Also, the polytune display and single string tuning don't always agree. I'll tune a single string...then, the poly display shows it to be flat! If I make that string a bit sharp in single string mode, the poly display then shows it to be in tune! No agreement on pitch - which one is correct: the poly display or the single string tuning mode?? I've given tuner this a VERY fair chance and a generous 2-stars. Tried two different units, at rehearsals and shows, using four different guitars. The problems are consistent and frequent. Instead of 'speeding up' the tuning process, it took WAY longer, with lots of frustration! Tuning shouldn't be difficult. Very disappointed... Will try a Korg Pitchblack or maybe just get a TU-3. The PolyTune pedal is definitely not ready for primetime!

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5.0

thank u for the deal on a good product.

By laker53151

from muscle shoals, alabama

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    a great product. the strum tune is awsome

     
    5.0

    Polytune chromatic tuner

    By FV

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      Easy to use, a MUST for concerts and gigs.
      Better than everything else I have ever tried

       
      5.0

      Great Tuner!

      By MrMontuno

      from Wichita, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Tuning
      • Easy To Change Battery
      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        The first thing you will notice about this tuner is it's built like a tank - very sturdy case and footswitch, yet it doesn't take up much precious space on your peddleboard. Switch does take some getting use to since it doesn't engage until you release it, (have a Nova System so I'm use to this). Use this tuner with my six-string basses - no problem tuning low B string. Use the tuner on strobe - while polytune function works on bass have found it's not very practical. All in all a great tuner and a great investment.

         
        4.0

        Great Tuner!

        By Danton Harris

        from Indiana, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          I got mine about a week ago and it has lived up to everything I thought it would be. Easy to read, cool function that shows you both chromatic tuning and individual strings. I love mine.

           
          5.0

          Fine tuner!

          By Richard Conner

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            Very nice tuner! I like that it sits on the pedal board, I don't have to fumble around to find it when I need it.

            The displays are pretty bright and easy to read. Play one string, you get a display just for that string. Play 'em all and you get a display showing you all of the strings.

            I found that the best way (for me) to use this tuner is to put it into strobe mode; this mode is far better at indicating small tuning changes than the "needle" mode.

            The only nuisance (a minor one) that I have found is that the footswitch lacks a palpable "click" and sometimes "double bounces," leaving me in tuning mode (in my setup, I mostly mash the switch with my fingers rather than giving it a good stomp with my foot, this may be the reason for the problem).

             
            5.0

            Best Ever No Doubt

            By James Brady

            from New Orleans,LA

            Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            This is without a shadow of a doubt the best tuner ever made in the history of mankind. The comments suggesting, "Out of tune" are a bit ridiculous. Maybe the people who think this should take their guitars to a tech and have the intonation set. Anyway, back to the tuner. It is what I have always wished I would have thought of. The tuner is next generation. Absolutely perfect. Very simple to use. Alternate tunings are spot on. No doubt people, this is the only tuner worth having. All the others out there may as well fold their hands. Short of a thousand dollar strobe tuner, MAYBE, there is no equal.

             
            5.0

            Polytune tuner works for me!

            By ksmandocat

            from Kansas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                Have always used battery operated clip on headstock tuners in the past but found it difficult to accurately tune in live jam or performance situations; finally broke down and got one I could plug into and the result was what I had hope for - more accurate tuning and the ability to tune without having sound come out of the amp for both electric or acoustic/electric.

                 
                5.0

                Money well Spent

                By Isaac Diaz

                from california

                Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                This tuner was a great purchase. I never liked tuning my guitar due to the hassle of tuning each string, but when it is already setup to my Les Paul, tuning takes seconds.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Screen not attached

                By Spark

                from Boston

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                    The screen fell off upon taking it out of the box. This is the second T.C. product to fail on me in the last year. At least the Flashback switch lasted for a couple dozen gigs. T.C. is officially sacrificing quality for mass production.

                     
                    5.0

                    buy this

                    By Bryce

                    from Virginia Military Institute

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Smart

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                      Outstanding product. This is a must have for concerts and shows. And very few retailers have this. That's why I recommend Music123 for almost everything.

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