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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 centur...Read More

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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 pedalboard, Its small footprint design means that PolyTune doesn't take up more of your precious pedalboard 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

    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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    5.0

    Polytune chromatic tuner

    By FV

    from Texas

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    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

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      5.0

      Great Tuner!

      By MrMontuno

      from Wichita, KS

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      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.

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        4.0

        Great Tuner!

        By Danton Harris

        from Indiana, USA

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        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.

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          5.0

          Fine tuner!

          By Richard Conner

          from Maryland

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          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).

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            5.0

            Polytune tuner works for me!

            By ksmandocat

            from Kansas

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            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.

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Screen not attached

                By Spark

                from Boston

                About Me Professional Musician

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                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.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    TC Electronic ROCKS!!!

                    By MikeyMD247

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                      After seeing that some of my favorite guitar players used TC Electronics I decided to get one myself. I decided to go with this Polytune and man I'm glad I did!! This thing is excellent. It has a bright display and you can easily use this thing in dark places or dark concerts. I like that you can strum and it tells you which strings are out of tune. Me personally, I like to tune each individual string. Works great in different tunings, especially in drop tunings like drop c or drop d. After getting this I sold my Boss TU2 tuner and this stays on my pedalboard. Get one and see for yourself how great this thing is!!

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                      5.0

                      Great tuner

                      By TonyKor

                      from Long Island NY

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                        I use one of these with my acoustic setup. I like it much better than the polyphonic tuner I had in my electric rig so I bought another one. It's fast and accurate. I've read where it's not as accurate as others but I tried it against my boss tu2 and my hardwire ht6 polyphonic and its just as accurate. It's much easier to see also. The strings are not so close together that you need to look hard. Also when it's off it's invisible. True bypass.

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                        4.0

                        Good pedal

                        By MDuncan

                        from Dracut, MA

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                          First time using a TC Eletronics Pedal, so far it is very easy to use. Works for different standard tunings. I have not owned it very long, so I cannot comment on too much. But so far so good.

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Pedal

                          By Andre

                          from Brazil

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about TC Electronic Polytune Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                            Very good quality of the TC as usual!!!

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