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Chromatic floor tuner with a large LED display.

The KORG Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner is now available in various collectible colors, but only for a limited time. The Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner offers you high precision, advanced functionality, and sleek style to make it KORG's most advanced guitar/bass stompbox-style tuner yet. The Pitchblack tuner has a tough aluminum die-cast body that will endure hard use on the road or in the studio. The large LED meter and note name display with light-emitting surface is easy to read in any setting from daylight to stage light to no light. The extremely smooth eleven-segment LED meter allows accurate visual tuning from any angle. The Pitchblack has a red LED to indicate on/off status and a tuning range of E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz) with adjustable calibration between 436-445Hz.

The Pitchblack's LED meter can be switched among four display modes including: Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, and Mirror.
Meter mode
Similar to using a needle meter, tune your instrument so that the green LED in the center of the LED display lights and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The tuning LED's will be to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of the center if your instrument is flat.

Full Strobe mode
Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream from left to right if your instrument is sharp and from right to left if your instrument is flat.

Half Strobe mode

Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and only the green LED in the center is lit and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of center if your instrument is flat. When the pitch is correct, only the center LED will be lit.

Mirror mode

Tune your instrument so that the two LEDs on the left and right sides of the center LED meet in the middle and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The pitch lit LEDs will spread farther apart the more your instrument is out of tune. The left tuning guide will light if your instrument is flat, and the right tuning guide will light if your instrument is sharp.

100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
The Pitchblack mutes the input signal for silent tuning, and when you're not tuning the input is passed directly to the output jack without being affected by any circuitry (True Bypass). So even if you connect the Pitchblack between several of your favorite pedals, the signal will pass without going through the internal buffer amp, ensuring that the sounds you've created using your effects will not be colored in any way. The Pitchblack is designed to coexist transparently with other effect pedals.

A perfect fit in your pedal board plus the DC output powers other pedals
The Pitchblack is designed to fit conveniently into your pedal board system. It provides a DC OUT jack that can supply power to other effect pedals when the optional AC adaptor is used. By connecting optional DC cables, you can supply up to 200 mA of power to multiple effect pedals, simplifying the power connections in your pedal board.

FEATURES
  • 100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
  • Choose from four types of display modes: Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter & Mirror
  • Compact pedal-sized guitar/bass tuner that fits in your pedal board
  • Large bright LED meters clearly show any tuning discrepancy
  • A broad detection range from E0 (20.60Hz) to C8 (4,186Hz)
  • Calibration is adjustable from 436-445Hz
  • A 9V DC output jack is provided for cascading the power supply to other pedals

Ideal for the bassist or guitarist. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Tuning: 12-note equal temperament
  • Detection range: E0 (20.60Hz) -- C8 (4186Hz)
  • Calibration range: 436-445Hz (1Hz steps)
  • Display modes (auto): Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Mirror
  • Input impedance: 1 M„¦ (when tuner is on)
  • Connectors: INPUT (mono 1/4" jack)
  • BYPASS (mono 1/4" jack)
  • DC IN (9V)
  • DC OUT (9V)
  • Power supply: (9V battery) or 9V AC adaptor (KA181)
  • Battery life: approximately 5 hours (A4 continuous input, tuner on, display mode: Meter, using a 9 volt battery)
  • Dimensions: 2.67"W x 4.72"H x 1.85"D (including feet)
  • Weight: 0.64 lb. (including battery)
  • Included items: one zinc-carbon battery for verifying operation
  • * Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
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KorgPitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner
 
4.6

(based on 142 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Functional (39)
  • Good quality (37)
  • Compact (19)
  • Responsive (18)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (31)
  • Concerts (26)
  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (49), Professional musician (19), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The most important pedal on your board

So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have...Read complete review

So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have used it almost every day since I bought it.
It has never failed me which is more than I can say for the tuner it replaced. (You know the one, It's that white one that almost everybody seems to own.)
When I went to the music store to buy a replacement for the defunct "TU" the guitar tech raved about this pedal and after being shown all the functions and the fact it was true bypass I was sold.
It is also a lot more accurate than the one it replaced. I guess I should add that I do guitar repairs and setups and therefore that should give you an idea of how much I use it.
Very well built and it really is true bypass. I have not been kind to either. I play out almost every weekend and it gets put in a tool bag along with guitar cables.a set of Cruz-Tools, a guitar stand amd a Mag-Light. Outside of a few scratches on the housing it does everything it's supposed to do.
The only complaint I have is the lettering on the front of the pedal where the plug-ins and calibration buttons are is very faint and hard to read. Hopefully they have resolved that.
I paid $89.00 plus tax for it four years ago and if my math is correct that adds up to about 6 cents a day since I owned it. That's a pretty good deal for something that's made me a lot of money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tuner is good-power supply is not good for long....

The tuner itself I like,its dead simple,works great and you can see it great in the dark.Since I have 12 pedals on my(big) pedalboard,this seemed like a godsend,because it...Read complete review

The tuner itself I like,its dead simple,works great and you can see it great in the dark.Since I have 12 pedals on my(big) pedalboard,this seemed like a godsend,because it picked up where the One Spot daisy chain left off,and powered the extra three pedals the One Spot could not power.This worked good for about 2 years and then in the middle of a gig (of course) my pedalboard started cutting in and out.I had to unplug and run my guitar strait into my amp for the other half of the gig.A few days later I went through my board looking for the problem,when I realized the 3 pedals running off the pitchblack were dead.I'm still using it because the tuner works fine,but I would not count on Korg to power your pedals.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The most important pedal on your board

By Duke

from Athens, Texas

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Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have used it almost every day since I bought it.
It has never failed me which is more than I can say for the tuner it replaced. (You know the one, It's that white one that almost everybody seems to own.)
When I went to the music store to buy a replacement for the defunct "TU" the guitar tech raved about this pedal and after being shown all the functions and the fact it was true bypass I was sold.
It is also a lot more accurate than the one it replaced. I guess I should add that I do guitar repairs and setups and therefore that should give you an idea of how much I use it.
Very well built and it really is true bypass. I have not been kind to either. I play out almost every weekend and it gets put in a tool bag along with guitar cables.a set of Cruz-Tools, a guitar stand amd a Mag-Light. Outside of a few scratches on the housing it does everything it's supposed to do.
The only complaint I have is the lettering on the front of the pedal where the plug-ins and calibration buttons are is very faint and hard to read. Hopefully they have resolved that.
I paid $89.00 plus tax for it four years ago and if my math is correct that adds up to about 6 cents a day since I owned it. That's a pretty good deal for something that's made me a lot of money.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great but can't play while tuning

By holyTeach

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    The Korg Pitchblack is a solid tuner. It locks on pitch very quickly, even on a 5-string bass. The display is super-easy to read on a dark stage or with bright lights shining in your face.

    Potential buyers should note that unlike the Boss and Fender pedal tuners, the Korg pedal MUST mute the signal to tune. There is no "output" option, only a bypass.

    It's a true bypass, so the signal is unaffected while not tuning, but once you engage the footswitch you're muted.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    likes it rough

    By losfrijoles

    from Pass Christian, MS

    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Having read the other reviews about their tuner crapping out after a number of months of light use at home or in-studio, I'd like to believe the key to getting the most of this is to show it some tough love. I've had mine for 10 months. For 4 of those months, I used it in south Mississippi heat and humidity outside 5 days a week dropping it in dirt, leaving it in the sun, spilling stuff on it, etc... with my school marching band playing guitar. At the end of the day, I'd throw it in the back of my truck and wouldn't see it again until the next day's practice. Ever since, I've been using it with a punk band almost every weekend. This little trooper has never let me down or led me astray. This pedal likes it rough.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner

    By D Zahsterous Studios

    from Marietta, OH

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    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Buy this tuner. Don't look any further. Stomp on it, feel secure. It's not indestructable, but it's pretty close. I've done pretty much everything other than drive over mine. If you send me a new one, I'll try it though! Sounds fun.
    It's a tuner, it picks up my bass, electric, and acoustic with precision. Great illumination on the display.
    We are a gigging, drinking, and overall abusive band on equipement, we have replaced all other tuners throughout time and purchased these units. Pretty much a prerequisit to jammin with us. If you have tuning issues with this unit - check your instrument first. If you have power issues, check your breaker first. I can't break 'em and I break everything. Never had a single one fail.
    Only 2 things in life that make it worth living.... I know the guitars that tune good is one of 'em, the other is still up for debate. I can't stand to listen to a band that tunes once a set (or at least sound like it), this is a must have - value A+++

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best One Out There

    By Old School Shredder

    from California

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    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Need a tuner. This is a great choice
    I've tried several. This one is the easiest to see and use.
    Built like a tank.
    Good value at this price.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tuner

    By Jeffrey T.

    from Saratoga, New York

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      Great tuner. Easy to use. I bought it to use at open mics I host. When guitarists have to unplug their guitars, I tell them to just push the button and unplug. It saves me the trouble of running over to the sound board and turning the volume down every time.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Simple Tuner

      By GreenBay4

      from Woodstock, GA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      This is a nice, simple, straight forward tuner. A couple of the other reviews state that the stomp switch does not click when pressed. I'm not sure what they are talking about. It may not be as strong as a click on other true bypass pedals, but it definitely does click.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      PITCHBLACK

      By Boo

      from Omaha Nebraska

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        I don't need my glasses to see if I'm in tune,I love it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pitchblack is excellent

        By Michael Dickerson

        from Logan, Ohio

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • This Tuner Is Great

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        This little tuner is Great!!!! Tunes the low B on my Warwick Fortress One. easy to use. The led lights are really nice. I would recommend this to any one needing a small tuner. Great addition to a pedal board for any guitarist.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great

        By Mark Duncan

        from Undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          Mostly my band just switched between standard and drop tunings but with only a few seconds between songs to tune a good quick and quiet tuner is exactly what I need and this is it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Tuner

          By Mac

          from Palm Bay, Florida

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I bought the Korg Pitchblack Tuner because I recently got a light weight class D Bass head. Since I wasn't going to lug my rack around I wanted a pedal tuner to use. Shedding weight and bulk is a beautful thing! I have had this for about a month now and the pedal works very well. It has been very reliable so far and there is no noise at all when hitting the foot switch and going from tuning mode to bypass mode. Great Tuner for the money.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tuner!

            By Jonny Reb

            from Central Coast, California

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            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            Overall, this pedal is a tank, and it has a really bright, easy to use display. I like that it has the ability to power other pedals too, although I use a one-spot and only have 5 pedals so I've never actually tried using this feature. Another thing I like is how small it is- it doesn't take up too much space on my board. Also, it LOOKS good, which is important... looks don't define quality, obviously, but if you can find a piece of equipment that looks sharp and works great, you've scored big time. In my opinion, the Pitchblack tuner is one such product.
            Easy to read, easy to use. True bypass is really nice.
            solid construction that seems like it will hold up for a long time. No complaints so far about the way it works, and I've been using it alot for the past couple months- plus I got mine used, so it's already been stomped on quite a bit and is still going strong!
            Well, it's a tuning pedal, and it's cheaper than the boss (and works better). So while I'd love to pay less for something that really just keeps me in tune, I'd say it's probably worth the money. I got mine used, so I'm stoked; however I'd pay full price for a new one if mine ever broke.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW!

            By mercurydescends.com

            from Corpus Christi, TX

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            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I have been through about 4 or 5 different types of tuners and never been happy with any of them. We use a drop CGCFAD tuning and it was impossible for some tuners to tune the low C string. I also use an 8 string guitar tuned EBEADGBE (Tosin tuning). The B and E string were impossible to tune perfectly. The pitchblack has zero problems tuning either of my lower drop tunings. I am super happy. The display is huge and very easy to read. The lights don't flash around wildly while trying figure out what note I am on. It moves smoothly and works flawlessly. Finally super happy with a tuner. Great purchase. The response time is also really great. You can run scales and see all the different notes pop up almost instantaneously. If you have been frusterated with tuners in the past this little pedal will be a pleasant surprise.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent, sturdy, reliable pedal

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I have owned this pedal for at least a year, and have been impressed with the reliability, the simplicity of the design, and how easy it is to see the note name and the lights that indicate whether or not a note is in tune. I am recording guitarists on a regular basis, and they all plug in to this pedal to tune up initially, and between each take. Not once have any of my studio guitarists complained about this pedal, and in fact, several have said they plan to purchase the pedal. It's a good deal for the money.

            (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Disappointing

            By Kirk Jensen

            from Rockledge FL

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            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I don't like it.
            he features of this tuner are straight forward enough: bright LED lights that glow red on either side of the pitch showing sharp or flat. Bright green LED with arrows on each side that light up when you're on the money. It operates via either a 9v battery (low quality, non-alkaline battery is included) or an optional wall wart can be used. Adjusts are available on the front of the box calibration and the box itself is metal giving the impression that it's road-worthy.
            Seems to function okay but it was not calibrated out of the box and that caused me to play a set slightly sharp of the band. On one particular song, it was painful but we couldn't stop. I borrowed a different tuner afterwards and was insynch with our keyboardist and other guitarist. This did nothing to win me over to the Korg unit.
            It is an unreasonable price for a tuner to begin with that's basically the same as the handheld placed in a stomp box; that's why I've held off of buying one these. To charge this much and then have the unit not even be calibrated... that's enough for me to return it and write an unfavorable review.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best Pedal Tuner!!!

            By Anthony

            from Louisville IL

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            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            Overall this is a fantastic pedal tuner, the best out their in my opinion. Easy to use, doesnt use up that much space on my pedalboard, and it dont eat up batteries. It does its job. what more can you ask for.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AWESOME

            By They_Call_Me_Clapton

            from In a Box

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            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            I bought this tuner mainly because the built-in tuner on my Breedlove was not reacting quick enough for me. I occastionally have to change tuning in the middle of a song (such as from drop D to standard or open tuning to standard etc) and when a tuner doesn't react in time, you will be in a world of trouble. After multiple irritating instances of this happening to me, I decided to get a pedal tuner. My guitar center guy recommended this to me and I could not be more happy with this thing! The reaction time is perfect and accurate. The lighting on it is very bright, so it could be read in almost any lighting. It is also quite durable. If you need a new pedal tuner, look no further!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Tuner is good-power supply is not good for long....

            By toomanyguitars

            from Long Island New York

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • you can see it in the dark.

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • power supply feature is not reliable.

            Best Uses

            • not for use as a power supply

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            The tuner itself I like,its dead simple,works great and you can see it great in the dark.Since I have 12 pedals on my(big) pedalboard,this seemed like a godsend,because it picked up where the One Spot daisy chain left off,and powered the extra three pedals the One Spot could not power.This worked good for about 2 years and then in the middle of a gig (of course) my pedalboard started cutting in and out.I had to unplug and run my guitar strait into my amp for the other half of the gig.A few days later I went through my board looking for the problem,when I realized the 3 pedals running off the pitchblack were dead.I'm still using it because the tuner works fine,but I would not count on Korg to power your pedals.

            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            This tuner makes a popping sound.

            By Atorio

            from New York

            About Me Professional Musician

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            This tuner makes one heck of a pop sound through my rig when turning it on and off. DO NOT BUY! Also called Korg customer service and not any help. Clueless! I was going to buy the Polytune or the Boss pedal tuner. I think I will buy the Polytune next. I wish I never bought the Korg! Junk!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My husband likes it,its great

            By Maethwen

            from East Longmeadow

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              Bought for my husband, experienced musican with vision problems. Loves ease of use

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