Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner Reviews
The BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner incorporates BOSS' world renowned TU-Series tuner technology into an ultra-convenient stompbox design. For the first time ever, guitarists and bassists can now tune th... read more
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my first pedal tuner
For years I would tune with a boss needle tuner and then go by ear between songs, but my most professional band demanded silent tuning so the signer could attempt to banter with the audience once in a while... so I bought the ubiquitous TU2. It worked fine I guess. Didn't like the buffer in it (which soudned brittle and played hell with fuzzfaces and tonebenders), but since I was using a radial switchbone to fuel my multi-amp rig I just used the tuner out and assigned my 3rd footwitch on the switchbone to mute. I guess I could've hooked the needle tuner to the board but it woulda been impossible to see on a lot of stages. The TU2 is a but hard to see as well. I later added a rack into my rig and ran the tuner out to my korg rack tuner which was very visible although it required an extra 20' cable rune very night. When I was doing sideman work alter I went to a 1 amp rig with no rack for most gigs and dumped the TU2 in favor of a pitch black because it was true bypass and SUPER bright. I never looked back. The boss pedal tuners are dinosaurs. They were at one time a must have, but these days they're pointless. Frankly I don't know why anyone would sue this when Peterson makes the strobostomp, korg has the pitchblacks and TC offers the mighty polytune. All 3 have different pros and cons but one is bound to suit you whereas the TU2 and 3 are a joke comparatively.
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edited about 2 years ago
IT'S A TUNER, GET IT
Here's a somewhat long review. Fact is, It's a very accurate tuner housed in metal armour. The output acts like a killswitch, and the bypass makes it a regular tuner with no killings. You can do a few other settings, but I just use the chromatic tuner. Solid piece, and definitely worth your money, especially for newer guitarists. The clip-on's and box tuners are nice, but this one does it's job perfectly.
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edited about 6 years ago
Effective tuning and then some!
The standard, need I say more? :p
In recent times, I have found the routing on the pedal very useful for creating effects loops. Search for me 'Adam Flanagan' on youtube to see what fun you can emulating bands such as Royal Blood with a TU2, LS2, Pogs and a whole lot of overdrives!
Fantastic tuner with handy extra features.
Let's face it. Boss tuners are an industry standard and do exactly what they are supposed to do in a solid robust metal box. The mute option is great for quietly tuning guitars or muting the sound when you swap guitars. Another great feature is that you can power up another pedal from its own outlet. This is the second pedal in my signal chain (folowing the volume pedal).
Solid industry standard tuner & BOSS reliability
This is one of those pedals that kind of magically makes its way into your shopping cart and says, "Look, everyone else uses me, I'm relatively inexpensive, why would you buy any other tuner?" ... and it's kind of right. My buying decision was pretty much based on how popular the TU-2 is.
You get the Boss build quality and reliability, no issue there. Virtually indestructible. Nice display, easy to read in the dark. Another thing that's cool about it is if you have other Boss pedals, you can use this one to chain them all together and power them all. Oh and it tunes well, too :)
If I needed a new tuner today, maybe I'd get the TU-3 just because it's newer.
Great for tuning and muting
This pedal paid for itself in just 1 gig. When you step on the pedal to turn it on it serves to must have functions. 1: obviously its a great tuner. 2: it mutes your signal so nobody has to hear you tune. When you tune when everyone can hear you, it's really unprofessional. Also, the muting is a must have for anyone switching instruments. Nobody wants to here that loud buzz when plugging and unplugging, plus it's not good for your amp. Must have pedal.
The industry standard
I've had my TU-2 for about 12 years now and its still working perfectly. Its probably the most popular tuner pedal ever because its accurate, tough and very user friendly. A reputation its successor, the TU-3, will have a hard time trying to top.
edited over 2 years ago
Standard tuner; nothing special. Some times it has a little error.
The tuner usually works alright. Occasionally, I'll notice some error and will have to come back to retune strings in the same session. Though a football is very convenient being at your feet, there's something left to be desired if a simple iPhone app could outperform the pedal.