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TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner

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When it was introduced in 2010, the original Polytune forever revolutionized the way musicians tune their instruments. Praised by professional and am...Click To Read More About This Product

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An updated, more feature-packed take on the industry-favorite Polytune.

When it was introduced in 2010, the original Polytune forever revolutionized the way musicians tune their instruments. Praised by professional and amateur players, guitar tuning instantly became as simple as strum, tune, rock!

So how do you make the best-selling polyphonic tuner even better? You take it to the next level byproviding multiple tuning modes, including polyphonic, chromatic, strobe and a variety of altered tunings; adding an onboard Bonafide Buffer to preserve your tone over long cable runs and pedal board signal paths; and upgrading the LED display for even higher tuning accuracy. Say hello to your next tuner – Polytune 3.

FEATURES
  • Ultra-compact polyphonic tuner gives you fast, accurate tuning and a high-quality tone tool in a single unit
  • Quickly get in tune with polyphonic, chromatic and strobe tuning modes
  • Built-in all-analog Bonafide Buffer circuitry preserves your tone through long cable runs and convoluted pedal boards
  • Polyphonic tuning lets you tune all your strings at once
  • Lightning-fast chromatic tuner offers 0.5 cent accuracy
  • Ultra-precise strobe tuner gives you ±0.02 cent accuracy for ultimate tuning performance
  • Exceptional buffer keeps your tone transparent and crisp with a 1 M-ohm input, 100 ohm output and extremely high >112 dB signal to noise ratio
  • Switchable true bypass / buffer modes let you optimize signal integrity for any setup
  • “Always on” tuning mode keeps tuner on and detecting even when not muted
  • Super-bright 109-LED display and an ambient light detector provide an instant clear readout in all viewing conditions
  • Automatically switches between polyphonic and monophonic tuning modes based on how many strings you play
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Denmark

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TC ElectronicPolytune 3 Pedal Tuner
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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2.0

Polytune 3's display is dimmer by design than the Polytune 2

By Tommy

from NYC, New york

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    • Screen is dimmer than Polytune 2 by design.

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      Comments about TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner:

      Bought the Polytune 3 to replace the Polytune 2 on my board because I wanted the buffer without having to use a separate buffer pedal. First thing I noticed out of the box was that the Polytune 3's screen is only 60-70% as bright as the Polytune 2. Returned it and got a replacement; same thing.

      I spoke to TC Electronic and they confirmed that this is indeed a design change in the Polytune 3 because some people were complaining that the 2 was too bright (wow, I guess a lot of complaining people don't do outdoor gigs). Go figure. At all levels of the built in light sensor, the 3 is dimmer than the 2, including outside full brightness. Boo.

      This is a deal breaker for me as the Polytune 2's screen & brightness were perfect. The new one is too dim and hard to see from eye level, and other LED's on my board are actually brighter than the Polytune 3's display, which is distracting.

      So so disappointing as this could have been perfect. Such a puzzling decision on the part of TC Electronic. A much better solution would have been to make the brightness switchable between two modes if that really was an issue. I mean really: who wants a dimmer, harder to see screen? Especially outside in sunlight.

      They took one of the industry standard tuners and upgraded it with a switchable buffer, but downgraded it because the screen is dim.

      Going back to my Polytune 2 with separate buffer pedal.

       
      5.0

      works great !!!

      By SKYDOG

      from Dallas Texas

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      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

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        Comments about TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner:

        Very good works great

         
        5.0

        Great pedal, Fast and easy. Saves precious time on the gig.

        By TB

        from CT

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        • Responsive

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            Comments about TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner:

            Great pedal, works fast and saves precious time on the gig.

             
            5.0

            Polytune 3Pedal Tuner

            By Tony

            from Amarillo, Tx

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

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              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner:

              Best pedal around to tune up on the go! One string at a time or all at once, a great design that serves me well! I've owned 3 of them and like them all! I really like the dip switch on the 3 to choose between true bypass, or buffer mode! Thanx TC Electronics and Musicians Friend! With 15% off I got a smokin' deal!

               
              5.0

              The King of Tuners!!

              By Bluesman

              from Chesterfield, UK.

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Unbelievably accurate and easy to use.

              Cons

              • None. This the Finest tuner I have ever used!

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              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner:

              This has transformed the sound of my Les Paul as I can now keep it in superb tune.

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