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Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome

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Super-accurate LCD tuning at a very affordable price.

The reliable Boss TU-80 Tuner & Metronome includes a handy, built-in metronome with 7 rhythms and 10 beats, plus a cool animated LCD display. Multiple features and an ultrawide tuning range of almost 8 octaves make it easy to get the precise tuning you need.

The TU-80 supports chromatic tuning, 7-string guitars, and 6-string basses. Accu-Pitch function sounds a tone when pitch is correct, a Reference Tone Play function makes it easy to verify tuning by ear, and it tunes down to 5 flats. The ultrathin body slides easily into a guitar case, gig bag, backpack, or pocket.

FEATURES
LCD tuner 
Built-in metronome with 7 rhythms and 10 beats
Chromatic tuning
Tunes 7-string guitars and 6-string basses
Accu-Pitch function
Reference Tone Play
Tunes down to 5 flats
Range of E0 to C8
Ultrathin body
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BossTU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome
 
3.6

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't tune low pitched instruments?

The first day that I got this tuner-metronome, I was really in love with it. The metronome has a lot of different rhythm settings, like triplet with a center rest and upbeats, which...Read complete review

The first day that I got this tuner-metronome, I was really in love with it. The metronome has a lot of different rhythm settings, like triplet with a center rest and upbeats, which I thought was pretty cool. The metronome could be louder though, I can just barely hear when I'm clapping. It also has a pretty fast response when tuning Bb clarinets and other higher ranged instruments. However, on lower ranged instruments like cellos, bari saxes, or bass clarinets, no matter how you position the tuner, it won't get a response. I was surprised and upset at this discovery because it was only the second day when I tried it and it hadn't been dropped or anything, so I asked my tuba friend to test it and it worked just fine for her instrument. We kept trying it over and over with the bass clarinets then the tubas, but for some weird reason, it just wouldn't register the bass clarinets or bari saxes, no matter how loud they played, or how close the tuner was. And it also wouldn't register the cello. Strangely enough, it registers tenor saxes, but just barely. No one else I know owns a Boss tuner so I don't know if this is just something that is wrong with mine, or the overall product, but since my main instrument is clarinet, I have no problem with this tuner. I do wish that the metronome had a volume setting though, so I could make it louder... So bottom line, I recommend this for people who play instruments like mellophone, clarinet, and flute, but for people who play like bari sax and bass clarinet, I recommend looking elsewhere, unless it's just my tuner that's glitchy. In which case, I say have fun buying this tuner because it has cool metronome settings and a fast response. :D

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Needs improvement

Although I've been using a Korg MA-30 for almost my entire musical life, I got this as a gift 3 days ago.The tuner is decent and useful, but not as accurate as even...Read complete review

Although I've been using a Korg MA-30 for almost my entire musical life, I got this as a gift 3 days ago.The tuner is decent and useful, but not as accurate as even the cheapest Korg tuners. Still, quite good.The metronome's range is really good, 30-250 bpm. Unfortunately, that's all the goods. It makes a very faint sound, it **cannot** send the signal through the output, you can't adjust the volume, you can't use it with headphones, it doesn't have a tap feature and it will shut off after about 20 minutes.I don't want to be mean, but this such a terrible metronome. Boss got it wrong here, they usually make great products.Unless you play musical whispers...you're gonna need something louder, and more reliable. Pretty much any of Korg's will do...

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Needs improvement

By ShredWithKitty

from Miami FL

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Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

Although I've been using a Korg MA-30 for almost my entire musical life, I got this as a gift 3 days ago.The tuner is decent and useful, but not as accurate as even the cheapest Korg tuners. Still, quite good.The metronome's range is really good, 30-250 bpm. Unfortunately, that's all the goods. It makes a very faint sound, it **cannot** send the signal through the output, you can't adjust the volume, you can't use it with headphones, it doesn't have a tap feature and it will shut off after about 20 minutes.I don't want to be mean, but this such a terrible metronome. Boss got it wrong here, they usually make great products.Unless you play musical whispers...you're gonna need something louder, and more reliable. Pretty much any of Korg's will do...

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

don't buy it !

By Eric Anderson

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

it's not accurate enough ! and if you wanna play an acoustic guitar , TU80 can't tune it up ! finally you shall use your ears !!! so , why do you pay for this plastic toy ???
buy a real tuner

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works but ???

By DonKen

from Beulaville, NC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional

Cons

  • Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

purchase for a blind member of our band. The instructions state that there are (2) audible tones, one within 3 cents and the other when the pitch is met. The one I purchased only had the one tone when the pitch is met. It would be nice to have a tone to indicate if the string is above or below pitch. It is functional for the blind. Better than not having anything. Not as functional as it could be.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Tuner I have ever owned.

By Scarlet Stitch

from Athens GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

      I was in the studio and needed to tune my acoustic guitar before starting. The Boss TU-80 was just sitting there so I picked it up and started tuning. It was so easy, simple and quick to figure out. After I was done recording I went right to Musicians Friend and purchased one for REALLY CHEAP. Which surprised me, cause I was ready to pay a lot more than I did.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Too quite to be heard.

      By .

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Metronome Way Too Quiet

        Best Uses

        • Tuning Only

        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        Not usable as a metronome because it's very quiet. The volume cannot be changed and the metronome beat cannot be sent out the output. I only use it for tuning. Very disappointing.

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT DEVICE

        By Musikdude5

        from Bogota, Colombia

        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        Tuner, excellent, and here's my opinion about the metronome... if you want to develop good rhythm and good beat you need to stop depending on devices like this (which is funny because in order to do so first you need to use them a lot)... but the idea is to have an inner rhythm and time and this metronome can really help you accomplish that goal... "it sounds very low" - then YOU need to make a better effort to keep time, so that would be YOU the one improving in keeping the beat and rhythm correctly. Once you get to understand this concept you will really appreciate how much this thing can help you.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Get a Korg TM-40

        By dahardon

        from Houston, TX

        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        I bought the Boss TU-80 tuner/metronome combo at a local music store, thinking that it would replace the separate tuner and metronome that I already had, but the metronome is too basic. The volume is very low, and there is no volume control. No earphone jack either. I play electric guitar, and the only way that I can hear it while I practice is to have my guitar unplugged in a quiet room. I practice with a metronome constantly to increase my speed and accuracy, and this thing was virtually unusable for me.I ended up getting a Korg TM-40, and I freakin love it. It is everything that I was hoping that the Boss TU-80 would be, and more.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't waist your money

        By jazman

        from Nawlins

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        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        I have owned serial digital tuners and none have live up to excitations. I had high hopes for the TU-80 as it had all the feature I was looking for and it wasn't cheap! because of my past bad luck with tuners I thought I'd spend more and go for quality. Something that I could use for setting intonation and doing setup on a guitar or bass. Needless to say I am disappointed and still in search of a tuner that is of a high quality and quite sore over all the money I've spent on sub-par tuners.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Boss TU-80

        By Glp

        from Wisconsin

        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        I recently purchase this product and I have never been more disapointed in my life. The metronome is so quiet I could turn it on during church service and no one would hear it. I thought I was buying a quality product because of the Boss name. Was I ever fooled

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        it's a tuner

        By tegui

        from florida

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        Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

        as a tuner it works. As a metronome....well....if you are alone in a quiet room with an acoustic guitar , playing very softly, you might hear it....

         
        5.0

        This is my second TU-80 tuner which I keep with my practice

        By John

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

          Keep it connected to my Roland bass amp for convenience. This allows me to check the tuning on the go.

           
          1.0

          Turns on when you move it

          By Guitar Player

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

            This thing has great features. Everything you need.
            Unfortunately, for some reason, it keeps turning itself on when it gets bumped while it gets moved around. What this means is that when you go to actually use it, you find it is on, but the battery is almost dead. Or worse, the battery is completely dead.
            This is no TU-12H!
            Save your money and buy something good instead.

             
            5.0

            This is a great product.

            By jaga7146

            from Buckhannon, WV

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • I Am Blind And It Works

            Cons

            • Tones Could Be Louder

            Best Uses

            • Tuning My Guitar

            Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

            I am blind and this is the only tuner I can find that makes a sound when in the string is in tune. Hot paws makes a talking tuner for I Phone but who can afford that. I do wish someone would make a talking tuner without the use of a phone or pad or tablet.

             
            5.0

            Tu 80 tuner,we love 'em........

            By Taylor loving Steve

            from Montague,Michigan-North of Muskegon.....

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

              I bought this for my niece's daughter,I already had one.She got a guitar for Christmas and no way to tune it,so I bought it for her.She plays multiple instruments,it will tune anything,and the built in metronome is a great practice aid.Steve Phelps......

               
              5.0

              Quick and dependable

              By DickH

              from Maine

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                Good prices/service- dependable and honest

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                A good tuner, but not great!

                By SandMan

                from Fort Worth, Tx

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional

                Cons

                • Metronome Too Quiet
                • Slow Reaction To Tones

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                This is a nice little tuner for just using at home to get in tune, but does have a couple things that I'm not thrilled about that surprises me coming from a Boss product. First the tuner tone & metronome are very quiet and can not be adjusted to a louder volume. what you hear is what you get. The other is that it is slow to react. In other words, you hit the string and there is a slight delay before it reads it to show you if it is sharp or flat. And occasionally you can hit your string and it doesn't read it at all. But, overall for what you pay for it, it's a good tuner. Certainly not a great tuner. I've come to expect nothing short of perfection from Boss products through the years, and this tuner falls short a bit. BUT, again for what I paid for it I can't complain too much about it, and it DOES get the job done in the end.

                 
                5.0

                Tune in Turn on No Drop Outs!

                By MC Lawrence

                from Hamilton, NJ

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • No Cons To Report

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                It was sooo easy to use right out of the box, that's a Big plus for me:-) Worth every penny!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Can't tune low pitched instruments?

                By clari123

                from Rowland Heights, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Not Functional

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                  The first day that I got this tuner-metronome, I was really in love with it. The metronome has a lot of different rhythm settings, like triplet with a center rest and upbeats, which I thought was pretty cool. The metronome could be louder though, I can just barely hear when I'm clapping. It also has a pretty fast response when tuning Bb clarinets and other higher ranged instruments. However, on lower ranged instruments like cellos, bari saxes, or bass clarinets, no matter how you position the tuner, it won't get a response. I was surprised and upset at this discovery because it was only the second day when I tried it and it hadn't been dropped or anything, so I asked my tuba friend to test it and it worked just fine for her instrument. We kept trying it over and over with the bass clarinets then the tubas, but for some weird reason, it just wouldn't register the bass clarinets or bari saxes, no matter how loud they played, or how close the tuner was. And it also wouldn't register the cello. Strangely enough, it registers tenor saxes, but just barely. No one else I know owns a Boss tuner so I don't know if this is just something that is wrong with mine, or the overall product, but since my main instrument is clarinet, I have no problem with this tuner. I do wish that the metronome had a volume setting though, so I could make it louder... So bottom line, I recommend this for people who play instruments like mellophone, clarinet, and flute, but for people who play like bari sax and bass clarinet, I recommend looking elsewhere, unless it's just my tuner that's glitchy. In which case, I say have fun buying this tuner because it has cool metronome settings and a fast response. :D

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple, useful and acccurate

                  By TominManor

                  from Manor, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                  The TU-80 is a great value for the money. Can't go wrong with this great tuner/metronome combo.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Tuner, so so Metronome

                  By rcarlton

                  from Dallas, TX

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                  Comments about Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome:

                  The Boss TU-80 Guitar Tuner & Metronome works great as a tuner, fast, accurate, trustworthy. The Metronome feature works, but is not very loud. Can't say I have used the metronome feature enough to make a fair judgment.

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