The evolution of a revolution in tuning from TC Electronic.
The original PolyTune rocked the world. It forever changed the way people look at tuning. The world's first polyphonic tuner took the hearts of guitarists by storm. Was it the jaw-droppi...
In [this interview](http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/talkingyourtech/2012/10/16/tedeschi-trucks-on-talking-your-tech/1628063/), Trucks says, "The most techie thing I have on stage is this (TC Electronic PolyTune guitar) tuner. You can play all six strings, and it shows you each string individually. I don't use that function ever, but I have it. It can tune all six strings if you're good enough to do them all at the same time."
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At 13:04 In this "RIGGED" episode from Gear Gods, Devin "Ghost" Sola guides us through his touring rig. He lists off the pedals he uses and in what order starting with his Ernie Ball VP JR Volume Pedal, to a TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Polyphonic LED Guitar Tuner, into a Boss ODB-3, into a Boss GEB-7 Bass Equalizer, and finally connecting to his Bass Innovations MXR Bass D.I.+. All of his pedals are patched together using the Livewire Advantage Series of patch cables.more
Current acoustic/electric rig. Thanks to @xacttone in Nashville for helping me diagnose a noise problem and building me a new A/B switch. PS. I use two Strymon Flint pedals, one for electric and one for acoustic. I specifically chose to use 2 to keep the chains separate (I run the acoustic Flint through the FX loop on the Baggs). Expensive way to do business, I know.... but it sounds better this way!! CC: @tcelectronic @xotic_guitar @chaseblissaudio @strymonengineering @lrbaggsofficial @pedaltrainmore
The evolution of a revolution in tuning from TC Electronic.
The original PolyTune rocked the world. It forever changed the way people look at tuning. The world's first polyphonic tuner took the hearts of guitarists by storm. Was it the jaw-droppingly awesome polyphonic tuning that made tuning much faster, easier and intuitive? The bright LED matrix with auto-dimming that ensured maximum visibility? The slowing of the needle as you approached the correct pitch? Maybe the monopoly technology that sensed whether you played one or six strings and instantly adjusted accordingly?
It was probably a combination of factors. Whatever it was, you loved it. But TC Electronic is all about moving forward, so they've improved on perfection and added some guitarist gems that cement PolyTune 2 as a leader of the pedal tuning pack.
¢ PolyTune Technology - Tune all strings simultaneously
¢ Retina-scorching bright display
¢ Ultra-precise chromatic strobe tuner
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you know 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 - rock! This way, you spend minimum time tuning and maximum time doing what you love most: playing.
And They Thought Einstein Was Bright!
The display on PolyTune 2 is primed with some of the brightest LEDs. Remember when some tuners were really good for daytime gigs, and others excelled in dark clubs? With PolyTune 2, you get an instant clear overview, no matter the situation. And the ambient light sensor makes sure you get just the right amount of brightness. Every time.
The Strobe Is Strong With This One
The original PolyTune was best-in-class when it came to precision. Great - but why stop there? TC Electronic has gotten many requests from the guitar community to add a strobe tuner - a decision they'd been debating internally as well. So let there be strobe! For fine-tuning your precious gear and giving it the care and attention it deserves to super accurate tuning in the studio or by a roadie on stage. This strobe tuner is lightning fast and ultra precise. How precise is it? Well, let's just say if you tune and then put your pick on the fretboard - you're gonna see the difference.
PolyTune 2 - FineTuning Innovation
With PolyTune 2, TC Electronic wanted enhanced performance and maximum precision, without getting away from what made the original PolyTune such a hit. Have a look at their feature list, which combines the revolutionary with a strong display of innovation.
Full Strobe Ahead
The strobe tuner in PolyTune 2 is super accurate and super fast. Finetune your instruments with surgical precision at blinding speeds. Sounds good, right? We're talking 0.1 cent tuning accuracy and in case you don't really know what that means - there are atomic clocks who'd kill for that accuracy.
The tuner magnet feature slows down the needle once you get close to the desired pitch, delivering a quick and easy tuning experience - any time, every time.
MonoPoly instantly recognizes whether you play one or more strings and replies with the appropriate poly- or monophonic tuning mode.
PolyTune 2 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.
Brighten Up Your Day
This feature will make you smile - basically, the new LEDs in PolyTune 2 are bright enough to be seen from space, but the ambient light sensor in PolyTune 2 ensures you always have the right brightness. The result? A clear and pleasant visibility, no matter what situation you're in.
This allows for your carefully sculpted tone to flow unaffected when the pedal is bypassed and for silent tuning once engaged.
Well what can I say, except it's a really good tuner for live gigs. It's roughly the same price as the BOSS Chromatic Tuner, but it looks a lot cooler and it shows you what strings are detuned if you strum all of them at the same time (without capo in standard tuning, mind you). Sometimes it's a little slow, or maybe I'm just too impatient, I don't know.
Truly a great and precise tuner from TC. The LED is great, clear and beautiful. I like the option that you can power another pedal straight from the PolyTune 2! It's always with me, when I'm gigging and practicing!
Super clear LEDs for easy reading on a dark stage. Polyphonic is clever, but not for everyone. Fortunately the Polytune instantly knows if you're strumming 1 or all strings, and the standard strobe tuner functions very well. Full size version has a mini USB port for firmware upgrades.
It's a nice tuner, easy, and user friendly. After my TU-2 died, I bought a TU-3 and had it for a couple of years. The bassist in my band used the Polytene, and I liked the design more, so I bought the Polytune2, and sold the Boss.
There is really not much to say. It is a tuner and it does help with tuning your guitar. It does so with a nice bright LED display showing you how close you are to being in tune. The polyphonic mode works fairly well and it can be nice for a quick check up if anything is in dire need of a tuning. The polytune 2 also comes with functionality for different tunings which I personally don't use but I'm sure other people might find use for it. It also can double as a tuner for bass guitars.
The only draw backs to this fine pedal is it's price which I find is fairly steep. The power switch is the non-clicky type used across all TC Electronic pedals and I personally don't like the lack of tactile feedback. I've also had issues where the pedal freezes up causing me to have to reset the power to my pedalboard. Luckily I don't do shows so this hasn't been an issue and I'm fairly sure this is an issue with my unit rather than an issue with the product line.
This is a one of the greatest tuners I've tried. Accurate. I really don't use the other functions such as capo and drop tunings. The thing I love is that you can change it from bass to guitar with one button. I also like that the leds adapt according to the light in the room or the place you're playing. Great tuner, I also use it to intonate guitar, really accurate.
Most accurate tuner out there, SUPER clear and bright display, amazing features that you should;t expect out of a simple tuning pedal, all types of tuning supported, and the poly tuning is a nice touch for a quick check. Dc out is a nice additions well. I have one problem with this, is that it doesn't let you tune your A reference to 432 hz, only goes down to 435 hz, which is a bummer considering that it could have been done or i am hoping for a software upgrade for it to do that, as i am experimenting with this tuning
I've been through many tuners over the years from rack mounted and software based to floorboard units. This one is the best I've tried by a long way. It's accurate but most are. What sets this apart is that the display is visible at any angle and in even the brightest of lights. The polythene element of it is useful. A gentle strum across open strings will show you which need adjusting if any. If you want to dive in a single out a string then one more pluck on that single string will do it. Useful setting for the popular drop d tuning and can be set to other tunings too. I'm also a fan of the fact that it has a power output too. Makes it sit on a board more easily, taking up less ports on your supply. Feels solid as any other pedal and also uses the lovely soft touch button.
Pretty much the only tuner I'd ever use on a solid pedalboard at my feet until I switch over to a fully-digital or compressed "tour-ready" assembly. No reason to hate anything about this pedal! It's superb and the readout is extremely clear.
This is how modern tuner should look and work. I would give it 5 stars but it can't be set to tune in 432Hz. Minimal setting for concert A is 435Hz. Firmware could make this work but it doesn't seem it will ever happen. That's real shame because it can be deal breaker for some. Anyway for me this for overweighted with great display and ease of tuning so I bought it.
When it works, it's great. But there are a few times when I tune to exactly what the pedal says is correct, and then I find I have to tweak the knobs on the guitar to get it to sound more in tune. But, this is quite rare, and most of the time this pedal works fine.