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Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
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Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

Tuner/Pitch Pipe/Tuning Fork from Boss belonging to the TU series.

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Hatsubai Hatsubai

« The standard tuner »

Publié le 04/08/11 à 14:56
The Boss TU-2 is one of the most well known chromatic tuners on the market. It’s a no frills chromatic tuner with a digital display to show what note you’re tuning to and LED guides to show how sharp or flat you are. You can adjust the reference pitch between 438 Hz to 445 Hz, and it also allows for silent tuning.

The Boss TU-2 is an absolute workhorse. If you go to any live show, you’re bound to find at least one on stage. That’s how popular these things are. It’s housed in the famous Boss enclosure, so it’ll withstand anything you throw at it. These things can seriously be thrown off of buildings and survive. The manual is pretty decent, but considering how easy this thing is to use, it’s not really necessary. One issue is that it’s FET based. The FET bypass also isn’t that great, so there is a little bit of tone suckage with the pedal when compared to today’s true bypass tuners.

The TU-2 is popular, and for good reason. On a dimly lit stage, it’s extremely clear. It’s also very quick to tune to whatever note you’re tuning to. That said, it’s not very accurate compared to today’s tuners. It’s definitely not accurate enough to do intonation work. For that, you’ll want a strobe tuner such as the Peterson Strobostomp, Sonic Research Turbo Tuner, etc. It’s also still fairly expensive compared to some of the other options out there.

If you’re looking for a tuner pedal, I can’t really recommend this pedal anymore. It’s starting to get very dated, and the price just isn’t worth how off it can be. For live use, it’s a great pedal. However, I find other tuners on the market to be just as fast and just as easy to read. It also lacks offsets for tunings like the Buzz Fetien system, which is a big downside.
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