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D'Addario Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner  

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Built tough and loaded with innovative features for flexible, reliable onstage tuning.

The Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner is a sweep and strobe tuner with patent-pending intuitive rotary user interface housed in a rugged, roadworthy metal enclosure. An oversized note name indicator and super-bright tuning LEDs combine to make on-stage tuning easy in all lighting conditions. Professional features like true hard bypass for preserved tone and dual 9v AC jacks make the instrument tuner at home in any pedal board configuration.

In Strobe mode, the played note appears in green on the oversized rotary display while red LEDs chase clockwise if you're sharp and counterclockwise if you're flat. They slow down and finally stop as you nail the pitch. In Sweep mode, the LEDs sweep left or right indicating whether you're flat or sharp.

A big, multi-segment note indicator in the center of the display is very legible when standing. The pedal activates the mute/bypass circuit while 3 controls above it select the tuning mode and user-selectable A435”A445 calibration.

The pedal instrument tuner runs on an included 9V battery and has 9V I/O for daisy-chaining other pedals. With its large display and true bypass that doesn't mess with your tone, it's ideal for electric guitar players who have to perform in dark conditions and who use pedal boards.

FEATURES
  • Strobe and Sweep modes
  • Large rotary interface
  • Oversized note indicator
  • Super-bright LEDs
  • A435”A445 calibration
  • Mute/bypass pedal
  • True hard bypass leaves your tone itact
  • Onboard condenser mic
  • 1/4" input/output jacks
  • Sensitive piezo pickup
  • 9V I/O for daisy-chaining
  • 9V battery included
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Planet WavesPW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner
 
3.6

(based on 50 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

My favorite Tuner of all time

I have used a lot of tuners. Each has had their good and bad issues. I was originally attracted to this tuner because I think it looks great, it looks chrome plated. Finally...Read complete review

I have used a lot of tuners. Each has had their good and bad issues. I was originally attracted to this tuner because I think it looks great, it looks chrome plated. Finally I recently bought it. Features? Well it is a tuner and it tunes things, but if more info is needed it is easy to read what note it displays, and will automatically recognize what note is being played, hands off as should be the case, so no matter what tuning you use, it will work just as well. Personally the sweeping setting is not for me, but this makes zero difference because it has the more common sharp or flat lights and when correct the green light comes on. I hate to tune guitars and despise out of tune guitars, so the fact that this is so easy and fast to tune things is great. It is heavy for its size which helps not just to make it very heavy duty, but it wont be sliding around the floor on you. I have no hum issues with mine, those who have perhaps could arrange their effects differently or return it as defective, mine works perfectly. I was really happy about how it functioned, and a bit surprised because it worked so well, then I turned it over and read who actually makes this tuner under the brand planet waves, then why it worked so well all made sense. Turn one over and see for yourself who makes it, that may let you know why it is good quality too. It seems odd to me to get excited about a piece of gear like a tuner, but while I purchased it as a necessity, the appearance and performance were so good that yeah it is like a cool new piece of gear, and that is just what it is. The pics here dont show off how cool this looks, but in person it looks like it is a nice looking heavy chrome plated device, very sweet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's okay

I've had this tuner for a while now and it's not too bad. It's heavy and built very solidly, the two power jacks allow for easy power daisy chaining, the muted tuning is...Read complete review

I've had this tuner for a while now and it's not too bad. It's heavy and built very solidly, the two power jacks allow for easy power daisy chaining, the muted tuning is nice, true bypass ensures no tone loss, and it can go from the more traditional "sharp/flat" and strobe tuning. All these make it a very flexible and efficient pedal. Efficient does not mean effective, however. It's about as accurate as a Boss TU-3 but not as much as a Korg Pitchblack, Peterson, or Sonic Research tuner. Its tracking isn't the greatest, notes take a while to register, and it has issues with basses. These are also hit and miss and from what I've seen and read they have pretty lackluster QC. It isn't very pedalboard friendly, either, as the rubber causes the sticky side of velcro to have adhesion issues, unless you're using industrial or heavy strength stuff. Overall I'd say it's certainly an option if you buy used, but due to its bad tracking and QC issues I'd strongly recommend one of the others I mentioned.
It offers a lot of flexibility. It's true bypass, easy to read, can go between "sharp/flat" and strobe display, and has 2 power jacks to allow for easier daisy chaining.
This sucker is dense and heavy. It feels heavier than my Moogerfoogers! The bypass signal is clean and the mute is nice, but there is some noise when muted. The access clip seems very flimsy and prone to breakage, so I'd recommend using an external power supply. Despite its features and heft it doesn't perform as its competition. The tracking is slow, it's accuracy isn't the best, and both its tracking and innacuracy increase exponentially when tuning below the D string on a bass. They also have notorious failure and QC errors (from what I've read there's a 10% chance you'll get a lemon). I've been told that it's "a miracle" mine's lasted all these years without issue.
Value-wise I'd say it's very middle of the road. If you can find it used then hey, why not, but I would not buy new. Look at the Boss TU-3, Korg Pitchblack, Peterson, Sonic Research Turbo Tuner, or TC Electronic Polytuner instead.

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1.0

Not so good

By Tommy Salami

from Smack dab in the middle

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

It may seem like a heavy duty pedal but its made with diecast parts, which break really easy. I'll never own another one, unless Planet Waves gives them away.
Great Features. Brightly lit, lots of features like by pass, silent tuning.
I've had two of these. On both of them the little arms that keep the stomp pad in place broke rendering it almost useless
Good price, but not when they break every 3 years.

 
3.0

Planet Waves Foot Pedal Tuner

By Wolfie Player

from Lawrenceville, GA

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I love this tuner as it is very accurate. I put it up against the 2nd guitarists'(in my band) fancy Peterson strobe tuner that costs much more. Plus with this tuner having the strobe capability, it is awesome. The ONLY PROBLEM is that when I run it in front of my pedal chain and depress the tuning button, the tuner produces what sounds like a perfect "A" pitch through my amp. I have taken the first one back for a trade in for the same tuner. It does the same thing. I could see this being a real problem for most folks, but with my Line 6's shortboards ability to cut the signal to the amp with its volume control, it cuts the noise out. So it don't bother me too much. This is a GREAT tuner, with a design problem. There should be a full recall after they find the fix. Again, it is a great tuner and fits my needs just fine due to my volume pedal cutting my signal going to my amp. But if I did not have the volume pedal, I would have to buy one in order to use it in my effects chain. I plug directly into the tuner, out into a Slash CryBaby Wah Wah, out into a Boss SD1 then out and into my Line 6 Flextone 3 beast of an amp. So great tuner if you have a volume pedal to cut your signal to your amp or using it alone to just tune up.

 
3.0

True bye-pass

By shoveyus

from Boulder Creek, Ca.

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

The good:True bypass, cool looking metal housing, small footprint and easy to read.The bad: Cheap plastic clip to hold the battery door down was DOA, Tune in mute mode emits a very audible noise as it locks on the note and finishes with a wierd digital noise. Really annoying, this is going back.I picked up a Korg DF-10, no noise when engaging the tuner or tuning, ahh much better.

 
5.0

My favorite Tuner of all time

By Tom Axe

from Seattle

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I have used a lot of tuners. Each has had their good and bad issues. I was originally attracted to this tuner because I think it looks great, it looks chrome plated. Finally I recently bought it. Features? Well it is a tuner and it tunes things, but if more info is needed it is easy to read what note it displays, and will automatically recognize what note is being played, hands off as should be the case, so no matter what tuning you use, it will work just as well. Personally the sweeping setting is not for me, but this makes zero difference because it has the more common sharp or flat lights and when correct the green light comes on. I hate to tune guitars and despise out of tune guitars, so the fact that this is so easy and fast to tune things is great. It is heavy for its size which helps not just to make it very heavy duty, but it wont be sliding around the floor on you. I have no hum issues with mine, those who have perhaps could arrange their effects differently or return it as defective, mine works perfectly. I was really happy about how it functioned, and a bit surprised because it worked so well, then I turned it over and read who actually makes this tuner under the brand planet waves, then why it worked so well all made sense. Turn one over and see for yourself who makes it, that may let you know why it is good quality too. It seems odd to me to get excited about a piece of gear like a tuner, but while I purchased it as a necessity, the appearance and performance were so good that yeah it is like a cool new piece of gear, and that is just what it is. The pics here dont show off how cool this looks, but in person it looks like it is a nice looking heavy chrome plated device, very sweet.

 
2.0

THIS PEDAL HUMS

By Jay from WJU

from Sacramento

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I purchased this pedal last fall. It worked fine for awhile, and then all of a sudden began to hum every time one of its LEDs comes on. I have tried placing it all over my pedal line up- right now it running directly out of my volume pedal and doesn't even go back into my guitar signal chain at all, and it STILL sends out these beeps every time one of the LEDs comes on (which is pretty much nonstop). It's not just a hum either- it's really loud and irritating. I can't tune at all onstage because it's so disruptive. I would spend the extra $ for the Boss, which has proven its value.

 
3.0

Who's Humming?

By Chris-V1wLi

from Santa Clarita, CA

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I bought this tuner for it's looks and the true bypass feature. The tunner seems to work well, but somtimes seems to have trouble traking the low e string. I can live with that. What I can't live with is when you put it in your pedal board with your other pedals. As soon as you hit it for silent tuning on stage, the pedal sounds like a tuning fork. If you have another pedal on in your chain, it only increases it's volume. Not very cool for a professional situation. When I hit the tunner, everyone around me starts looking around to see what the sound is.I would suggest a full recall to fix this problem. It is not a pro pedal at this point. If you are tuning your guitar in your bedroom fine, but not quite ready for the real world.

 
3.0

Not bad but not the best value

By Strat Strangler-3_EBJ

from Wabash, IN

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

Mine broke the first week I got it. Latch to battery compartment. I used it anyway like that for a about 6 months because I did not want to RA it back to them. Sometimes it failed to intialized at all, randomly. Would turn on but would not accept guitar input. Then it finally failed completely. RA it in. They sent me a brand new one but it took a few weeks so I got a TC Electronics PolyTune. OMG. Night and day. Love it to death. Get you a polytune!!!!

 
2.0

Broken Pedal = Broken Heart

By Doulos

from CA

Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I was looking at purchasing the Boss TU-2 when my local shop convinced me to pick up this new "INCREDIBLE" tuner. I was sold on the rugged construction of this pedal... Planet Waves pulled a quick one with this product. Exterior is built like a tank- hinge for the stomp pad is made of plastic. When moving my pedal board it fell (maybe a foot) and it snapped (like a slim jim) and wouldn't work. As others mentioned there is a noticible hum that you cant get rid of. The concept is good and with some refinements it could become a classic. But until then... look elsewhere.

 
4.0

fire n ice

By SoulStreet Band

from Poconos

Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

Great tuner because of the visibility. The heavy metal case keeps it in place on the floor not sliding around. Yeh, the clip breaks but it will still work fine without that clip. I had numerous problems with mine. It wouldn't bypass the amp, the off/on switch failed, plus the clip as I mentioned. I think this idea is great but they need to make a few modifications before I buy one again. The customer service might be good, we'll see shortly. I want to be optomistic.

 
2.0

It's okay

By ThatOneBassGuy

from USA

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Comments about Planet Waves PW-CT-04 Chromatic Pedal Stage Tuner:

I've had this tuner for a while now and it's not too bad. It's heavy and built very solidly, the two power jacks allow for easy power daisy chaining, the muted tuning is nice, true bypass ensures no tone loss, and it can go from the more traditional "sharp/flat" and strobe tuning. All these make it a very flexible and efficient pedal. Efficient does not mean effective, however. It's about as accurate as a Boss TU-3 but not as much as a Korg Pitchblack, Peterson, or Sonic Research tuner. Its tracking isn't the greatest, notes take a while to register, and it has issues with basses. These are also hit and miss and from what I've seen and read they have pretty lackluster QC. It isn't very pedalboard friendly, either, as the rubber causes the sticky side of velcro to have adhesion issues, unless you're using industrial or heavy strength stuff. Overall I'd say it's certainly an option if you buy used, but due to its bad tracking and QC issues I'd strongly recommend one of the others I mentioned.
It offers a lot of flexibility. It's true bypass, easy to read, can go between "sharp/flat" and strobe display, and has 2 power jacks to allow for easier daisy chaining.
This sucker is dense and heavy. It feels heavier than my Moogerfoogers! The bypass signal is clean and the mute is nice, but there is some noise when muted. The access clip seems very flimsy and prone to breakage, so I'd recommend using an external power supply. Despite its features and heft it doesn't perform as its competition. The tracking is slow, it's accuracy isn't the best, and both its tracking and innacuracy increase exponentially when tuning below the D string on a bass. They also have notorious failure and QC errors (from what I've read there's a 10% chance you'll get a lemon). I've been told that it's "a miracle" mine's lasted all these years without issue.
Value-wise I'd say it's very middle of the road. If you can find it used then hey, why not, but I would not buy new. Look at the Boss TU-3, Korg Pitchblack, Peterson, Sonic Research Turbo Tuner, or TC Electronic Polytuner instead.

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