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Tune all strings simultaneously with the world's first polyphonic tuner.

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

Order your PolyTune now and give your tuning a kick in the A440.

SPECIFICATIONS

Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner

  • 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
 
4.1

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nicest tuner I've owned

Highly functional tuner. The dynamic brightness of the LEDs are a nice touch. The display is pretty simple to understand. Works nicely for fine-tuning jobs like intonations. The bypass isn't completly silent,...Read complete review

Highly functional tuner. The dynamic brightness of the LEDs are a nice touch. The display is pretty simple to understand. Works nicely for fine-tuning jobs like intonations. The bypass isn't completly silent, there's a slight hum when I switch it on but in the context of a gig it wouldn't be noticeable. The ability to tune all six strings at once is cool, but personally I don't think it's all that usefull or really even needed. You can't adjust the pitch of all six strings at once anyway. I could see someone using that feature to quickly check their tuning on the fly but using it to actually tune up your guitar seems unlikely. Small, compact pedal that doesn't take up too much room on the board. The LEDs are easy to read and it's really easy to get used to the tuning display. Very intuitive. One of the best pedal tuners on the market in my humble opinion.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst tuner I've ever used on stage.

I liked the idea of this tuner so I thought I'd give it a try. So, I tried using it for about a month and went back to the Peterson Strobe Stomp 2....Read complete review

I liked the idea of this tuner so I thought I'd give it a try. So, I tried using it for about a month and went back to the Peterson Strobe Stomp 2. The reason being the Polytune keeps on switching between single note and strum mode as I'm tuning. When I'm on stage trying to tune with not a lot of time to do it, and my tuner can't make up it's mind what mode it's going to be in then that's a worthless pedal to me. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. All the people saying it's a great pedal must have a lot of time to tune their guitars. I gave it 3 stars for Quality because it seems to be build fine. But that doesn't mean anything if it can do it's job on stage for me.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

OK but not great

By ToneFiend

from CONN.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Footswitch Is Weak
    • Polytuning Reads Flat

    Best Uses

      Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      I've been using this tuner for over a year now. The footswitch occasionally does not engage - you hear and feel the click, but it doesn't switch. The design and position of it (it's low) allows you to "miss" it sometimes. This to me is the major flaw. The polytuning works, but reads strings as a drop flat when individually they read dead on - this may be due partially to the difference in string attack when you pluck one string vs. a gentle strum - but it's a flaw. You strum, it reads strings as flat, you pick the string to tune it up and it's dead on. In reality, real life at gigs, polytuning is not needed. I can tune string by string faster and so the polytuning becomes a novelty and I just about never use it. A poly tuner is useless if you have more than a single tuning, so you'll just tune a string at a time anyway. I use 5 different tunings on 3 guitars so I have to tune chromatically. Lastly, this tuner doesn't match a boss tu-2, so when playing with other musicians who use that tuner, you will not line up. This may be the accurate tuner, but still you have to take this into consideration as most players are using a TU-2. I will not use one of those again, as true bypass in a tuner is great. I'm shopping for a new tuner right now...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nicest tuner I've owned

      By jakeyrotten

      from VA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        Highly functional tuner. The dynamic brightness of the LEDs are a nice touch. The display is pretty simple to understand. Works nicely for fine-tuning jobs like intonations. The bypass isn't completly silent, there's a slight hum when I switch it on but in the context of a gig it wouldn't be noticeable. The ability to tune all six strings at once is cool, but personally I don't think it's all that usefull or really even needed. You can't adjust the pitch of all six strings at once anyway. I could see someone using that feature to quickly check their tuning on the fly but using it to actually tune up your guitar seems unlikely. Small, compact pedal that doesn't take up too much room on the board. The LEDs are easy to read and it's really easy to get used to the tuning display. Very intuitive. One of the best pedal tuners on the market in my humble opinion.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not so accurate tuning

        By Shack

        from Navarre, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        I am a pro that plays out every single weekend and I have used many tuners over the years. I tuned my 5-string bass with the Polytune and then immediately plugged into the Boss TU-1000 Stage Tuner and found that the bass was somewhere around a 1/4 of a step out of tune. The tuner is small and easy to see but, if the big selling point is that you can tune all strings at once, who cares? With only two hands, it doesn't do much good. You can only adjust one tuner at a time anyway. Don't throw your money down the drain.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i can't even touch another tuner

        By myheart'smetronome

        from Coal Valley, IL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Tuning obviously

          Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          i've owned this for over a year now, and it's still holding up well! (this is saying a lot because i stomp the [*] out of this thing several times a week.) i'm absolutely in love with it. i recommend it to all of my guitarist/bassist friends. it's super accurate, and responds faster than any other tuner i've tested. the only thing that i would consider a problem is that the polyphonic tuner isn't as accurate as just tuning the strings individually. but it's still a great pedal.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          a gig-saver: literally!

          By thevoiceinsidemyhead

          from California

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          Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          so, a short little story. my band had an outdoor festival gig. the sun was glaring, and among other things (bad sound, bad power, hot weather), we were already struggling. but worst of all: we couldn't see our tuners in the bright sun! i had the Korg Pitchblack, and my other guitarist had a Planet Waves Strobe. we were done for. bending over to tune in the middle of songs, altering our parts on the fly to avoid certain strings that we knew for sure were out.

          after the gig, our bassist informed us that he had no problems the entire gig. his polytune was more than bright enough for him.

          the very next day, i got the polytune and never looked back. the poly mode isn't all that accurate, but i'm pretty sure it's not meant to be. it's meant to be a quick visual indication of what strings are out of tune, so that you can tune them more in depth with the chromatic mode. not only is it fast, it's arguably more accurate than my old tuner. plus, it's bright as can be! the first thing i did with my polytune is take it outside and give it a direct sun test. it came through with flying colors.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          It's OK...

          By jmcfly16

          from Canada

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I've found that all the TC Electronic pedals are sturdy, rugged, and built to last being stepped on many times. They're not too big, so fit on a pedalboard nicely, and the power is at the top of the pedal, not at the side like most MXR pedals which can be a bit annoying. I don't know that this is a pedal to be raved about...

            Tried using on acoustic first, with a very strong under-saddle pickup (Fishman) and volume at 3/4. It wouldn't read the 6th and 5th strings. 4-1 were fine. I tuned them all individually, as the "poly" function seems pretty useless, and I've found, inaccurate. I've heard these are both common complaints.

            On electric, I had the same problem with the 6th and 5th not being read.. maybe a flash here and there. However, I figured out that when I rolled the tone knob on my guitar all the way down, it worked... but wasn't very accurate. Very weird. A friend (guitar tech) of mine told me I should tune using the neck pickup. So I did. Nothing.

            Selling it and getting a Korg pitch-black. When it comes to tuning, simple is better!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            good product, bad customer service

            By Phyllis

            from Macon, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good piece of equipment
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Church band

              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              I am not satisfied with Musicians Friend service as this Tuner was ordered and paid for by my husband, only to receive an empty box. To correct this complaint, M. F.gave me a deal on a new tuner at a lower price and no delivery charge. Their investigation resulted in a denial of our claim and we paid twice for the same item. I do not recommend Musician's Friend to anyone. No more business from me, my family, and I hope others who read this.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You MUST Buy This!

              By Ken

              from Choctaw, OK

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              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              I wish I'd had this ten year ago.
              Throw all your other tuners in the trash - THIS does it all. It is acurate and doent wonder. Go to TC Electronic's website & see all its features, then come back here and BUY IT!

              It really does show the condition of each string after a strum. Hit just one string and yuo see a legacy display. I recommend the big tuner vs the micro, because it's cheaper and I love the large display.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worst tuner I've ever used on stage.

              By pPT87znUe

              from California

              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              I liked the idea of this tuner so I thought I'd give it a try. So, I tried using it for about a month and went back to the Peterson Strobe Stomp 2. The reason being the Polytune keeps on switching between single note and strum mode as I'm tuning. When I'm on stage trying to tune with not a lot of time to do it, and my tuner can't make up it's mind what mode it's going to be in then that's a worthless pedal to me. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. All the people saying it's a great pedal must have a lot of time to tune their guitars. I gave it 3 stars for Quality because it seems to be build fine. But that doesn't mean anything if it can do it's job on stage for me.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Kind of a gimmick

              By Josh Tate

              from Undisclosed

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              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              Don't bother getting this, after using it I realized how stupid the polyphonic tuning is, because it only effectively works in standard E. That being said, the LED for actual tuning is not very bright at all. So I said screw it, and bought a Korg Blackout for cheaper
              The polyphonic tuning function is what made me look into this pedal. I assumed it must have been a step up from the TU-3. I found that in lower tunings the polyphonic tuning really didn't work at all. On top of that, the polyphonic tuning kept trying to engage when I wanted single string tuning
              Well built, and solid
              ehh, it's an okay value

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