Select Page

Red Dog Music's Top 5 Pedal Tuners.

Let’s face it. Nobody really enjoys listening to a guitar being tuned. You, the guitarist, may relish in it; enjoying each note as it rings out, ensuring each one is perfectly in tune, over, and over again… but, in all honesty, you’re the only one. Do you know the only other person who feels the same way as you? It’s not even a person; actually, it’s an inanimate object. You guessed it: tuners. Your tuner LOVES listening to you tune up. It thrives on being serenaded by those dulcet, repetitive tones, over, and over again. With that in mind – get a load of these guys…

Korg Pitchblack

“What’s so good about the Korg Pitchblack?” I asked. The answer I got was, “it looks like Kit from Knightrider.”  The beauty of Korg’s Pitchblack is clearly its sleek black appearance and awesome LED display. Its effect-pedal proportions also make Pitchblack a welcome addition to any pedal board and it can even power your other effects. As if that wasn’t enough, you can choose from four types of display modes: Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter or Mirror, The light-emitting surface is viewable in daylight, stage light, or no light at all – so it’s suitable for those dark, dingy venues; or those outdoor busking gigs; or for just practising in your room. On your own. In the dark.

TC Electronic PolyTune

A most revolutionary bit of kit indeed – the world’s very first polyphonic tuner. Rather than spending an awkward amount of time tuning each string individually; all you have to do is strum the guitar once (hitting all the strings, of course) and the PolyTune will tell you which ones are out of tune. Genius, we know. Gone are the days of having to keep chatting to your audience while you tune your guitar, creating an awkward silence between the performer and the audience, more often than not because human beings tend to find multi-tasking incredibly difficult, especially if they’re male, apparently.

On Stage GTA7800

The GTA7800 is an affordable, yet handsome and rugged solution for your pedal board and amp setup. This little gem will allow you to tune on stage without being heard by your adoring fans with its Selectable Mute mode, basically meaning you can silence the output while you’re tuning. Other GTA7800 features include a bright LED display for easy viewing, a durable metal case, and, most importantly, True-Bypass circuitry which provides for zero signal distortion. What’s more, it’s the most affordable of the bunch so if you’re looking for a tuner but don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of money, this is the tuna for you.

Boss TU3

The world’s top-selling stage tuner. Not only that, it’s a CHROMATIC tuner. Basically, you can switch between regular Guitar/Bass or Chromatic tuning modes – and believe us, it’s always nice to have the option. It’s a super tough and awfully good-looking stompbox style pedal featuring a 21-segment LED meter with – wait for it – brightness control. So, you can put those sunglasses down – don’t go getting all ‘Bono’ on us The TU3 even incorporates a convenient Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses. In short, this tuner is BOSS. Does what it says on the box, then.

TC Electronic PolyTune Mini

Remember the TC Electronic Polytune – the first tuner EVER that allowed you to tune your guitar through the art of a single strum? You should. We spoke about it only two paragraphs ago. So, imagine the same amount of AWESOME but packaged into an even more compact version that’ll fit onto any pedal board you damn well please! Imagine! In fact, scrap that, you don’t have to – it’s arrived. Thanks to TC, the Polytune has already been shrunk in the washing machine. Cute.

Red Dog Music’s Top Tip: Use any of the above and your audience will thank you for it. They might even ask for your autograph.

About The Author

Red Dog Music

Dawsons Music is delighted to announce that the Red Dog Music brand is now part of the Dawsons family. This is an exciting opportunity to bring both communities together and create a stronger, wider network of people passionate about music gear. We both share a common heritage to support musicians throughout the UK and Dawsons want to support Red Dog Music customers in their continued musical journey.

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.