Tu3 Vs Polytune Tuner Review
I myself, like many other gigging guitarist, have learned that bringing a guitar tuner on stage is a necessity. I mean I could bring 6 guitars to a gig and keep switching it up between songs. But lets face it, as I get older I find myself getting….what’s the word….oh lazy. I don’t use many pedals when I play. My gig pedals are basically a $20 wah pedal I got online, a old TS-10 and a Boss TU-2 that I have had since 2005.
I love my pedal (TU-2) but lately I’ve been seeing other kinds of tuners that I would love to try out. One of them is the TC Polytune 2 tuner. So I decided to do a review of both and see which one is a better buy. So lets begin our review of the Tu3 vs Polytune tuner.
Lets first start off by saying this is a tough pedal. Like most of the boss pedals we grew up with, it was designed to have the shit stomped out of it. Bass players and guitarists would franticly jump on it between songs to check tuning before the next song starts up. It’s definitely sturdy. I know you can get cheaper, flashy looking tuner pedals but they look so cheap and flimsy. I need a pedal that can survive being tossed in a bag till the next gig. The TU-3 can do that no problem.
The LED system is amazing for tuning on stage. It gives me instant tuning info in dark lit stage situations. Flashy displays look great but can be hard to deal with when the stage lighting is off. It’s also a chromatic tuner, so if you like tuning half step instead of standard your good to go. Compared to my TU-2 the led screen feels more accurate when tuning on stage.
The Boss also has a bypass output so you can tune while you play plus it’s also a power distributor for your other pedals.
A couple weeks ago I sat in with a funk band so I only needed to bring my $20 kijiji wah pedal and a tuner. I convinced my friend to let me try out his Polytune pedal for the gig. I was a bit worried at first about the LED screen, I remember the first version was terrible. The Polytune 2 is a HUGE improvement on the display. The LED’s are bigger and brighter so no matter what the lighting situation is you won’t be getting down to see what y our tuning is.
It also does polyphonic tuning, which means you can tune multiple notes at once. So you can grab a G chord and see all the notes in the chord are in tune. Personally for live playing this isn’t a deal breaker for me but in the studio is am amazing option.
The switch feels soft to me, which doesn’t mean much. I like big buttons and the more they clank when I push it the better. But that’s must me being stupid and old school
Final Verdict of the Tu3 Vs Polytune Tuner Review
Both pedals are great. If you are looking for a solid road worthy tuner that powers the rest of your pedals well the TU-3 is a great buy. I’ve had TU-2 for years and besides being scratched to all hell it’s still tuning just fine. I think if you are a session player then the Polytune is a nice addition to anyones collection. I haven’t given back the Polytune yet ( don’t think I will). Its incredibly accurate, easy to read and is cheaper then the boss tuner. So to sum up the TU3 vs Polytune tuner review…Even though i’m on the fence between the two, if I had to spend my hard earned gig money on a tuner I think I would buy the Polytune. Or… I can just keep my friends tuner instead.
If you liked this review please check out some of my other reviews such as the awesome EHX soul food pedal.