TC Electronic PolyTune
TC Electronic PolyTune

PolyTune, Tuner/Pitch Pipe/Tuning Fork from TC Electronic in the Polytune series.

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  • 03/16/10TC Electronic PolyTune Review

    TC Electronic PolyTune Review - TC Electronic PolyTune: Six in One

    When it comes to guitar tuner pedals innovations don't come by everyday, so when TC Electronic announced the PolyTune, a pedal that allows you view all at once which strings are out of tune,we got curious...

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tjon901's review"Great Tuner if you arent using weird tunings"

TC Electronic PolyTune
The TC Electronic Polytune is something you do not see every day in the world of tuners. It is something different. The Polytune brings a new level of usability to the act of tuning your guitar. With the Polytune you tell the tuner what tuning you are using. It does E standard all the way down to B standard. Once this is setup you can just strum all the open strings at once and it will tell you which string is out of tune. This is great for gigs when you know something is off you can quickly strum all the strings and it will tell you which one is off. Another great feature for gigging is the auto adjusting brightness level. If you are at a dark gig the pedal automatically makes itself brighter so you can easily read what it is saying. You can use a needle tuner or a strobe tuner if you want ultimate accuracy. It has a thing called Monopoly where it can detect if you are playing 1 string or more than 1 string. If you are playing a single string it goes into single string mode and if you are playing more than one string it shows the set of strings. The pedal is true bypass as well so it will not color your tone when it is in your line. You can power it by a battery or a 9v DC connection like most every other pedal and it is super small so it will not take up much room in your pedal board. If you are still using a simple old tuner in your rig you can do yourself a favor and upgrade to the TC Electronic Polytune. It is pretty much a game changer when it comes to tuners. It can do it all and has more features than you can shake a stick at.

darkwolf291's review"Great Tuner"

TC Electronic PolyTune
This is very simple to use. Just plug it in, strum all of the strings, check which ones are out of tune, tune 'em up, and continue playing what you were playing. It can do tuning all the way from E flat to B standard, and is accurate within +/- 0.5 cent, which is amazing. It can tune from 435 to 445 hertz, for those of you who like tuning to something other than concert pitch. It remembers what Tuning, tuning mode, and pitches you use the most, to make it even easier to tune up fast and to quickly check your tuning mid-set. It has a Strobe tuner to show you even the tiniest change in pitch, and a needle tuner for those of you who prefer the standard tuner's view. This is an essential pedal for every pedalboard. A Tuner is, in my opinion, the most important part of anyone's board. Making sure you're in tune, whether playing live, recording, just jamming with friends, or practicing by yourself, is one of the most important things in guitar, and this makes it even easier to tune, and stay in tune. The ability to check all of your strings' tuning all at once makes things even faster and easier to tune. I think it's a great option on a tuner. All in all, this is one of the fastest, easiest to use, and most accurate tuners available. It's a must have for everyone's pedalboard in my opinion. In my opinion, it's one of the best tuners available, second only to the Turbo Tuner. Tuning with this is fast, simple, and easy, which is what you want in a tuner. This tuner is everything you'd want and more in a tuner. This is an awesome tuner for an awesome price.

loudfunk's review"Every pedal board should have one..."

TC Electronic PolyTune
The Polytune is a stomp box size tuner that lets you tune your guitar or bass either in the conventional way. Where you can select the display to function like a strobe or needle chromatic tuner. Or as a polyphonic tuner where you strike all six strings, or 4 or 5 on bass at once and the display will show which strings are in tune, sharp or flat.
This is super handy when between songs you just want a quick check that your guitar is still in tune.
This replaced my Peterson Stobostomp on my board, which replaced my Korg tuner I used before that which had Buzz Feiten offsets programmed into it.

In addition to the regular in/out 1/4 inch jacks, on/off switch, and 9 volt power supply jack you'll also find a DC power out jack to daisy chain power into the next pedal when you use an external power supply, plus the 2 soft buttons. One is to switch between needle and stream/strobo mode, the other to drop the tuning up to five semi tones. Comes in handy to use the polyphonic tuning function if you tune to Eb or D instead of the regular E tuning. To calibrate the tuner you push both soft switches and then can calibrate from 435 Hz up to 445 Hz.

The display brightness auto adjusts depending on how light or dark the stage is. The one down side is that the polymode only works with standard guitar tuning, so open G, DADGAD, Open E type tunings you have to check in chromatic tuner mode.
I'm running the tuner on the tuner out of my Ernie Ball volume pedal and leave it turned on. When I rock the pedal back my volume is muted but I still have signal going to the tuner. Checking and fixing your tuning between songs this way takes a fraction of the time it took with conventional tuners.

Battery compartment is accessed via the thumb screw on the bottom.

MGR/Billy's review"TC Electronic PolyTune"

TC Electronic PolyTune
This is the little white box from outer space that claims to revolutionize the way you tune your instrument.

Basically the Polytune by TC Electronics is different from your standard tuning pedal because it can read all 6 strings at once, instead of having to individually pluck each string to get a readout.

You can opt to set it to what is called Monopoly and tune your strings individually if that is easier.

I was excited to finally see these in stores. I have heard about them for awhile. I bought one and it was $100.

The accuracy is great. I feel it is accurate enough to use for a basic intonation setup of your instrument.

It is compact, actually smaller than a Boss sized pedal.

It is true bypass, so when it is off it will not suck any of your tone.

The display can be adjusted to however you can see it best i.e. you can make it brighter or darker.

It is new on the market so I am curious how long it will last. What happens if it breaks? Those sort of annoying questions that I have no answers to. Other than that, the pedal performs flawlessly.

Feels solid. It can definitely take a few good stomps. I haven't christened it with having a drunk kick a beer over on it yet, after that, if I can still read the LED display I will update this to praise the Polytune's glory.

A step in the right direction. Don't be afraid to take a chance on it. A cool, modern and accurate way to tune.

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MGR/MattG's review"TC Electronic PolyTune"

TC Electronic PolyTune
The PolyTune is T.C. Electronics' new tuning pedal. It is a quite innovative pedal as it is the first poly tonal tuning device. If you strum all open strings (in standard tuning,) it tells you which strings are in and out of tune. It also tunes individual strings chromatically. It is a simple on or off and true by bypass.

I got this product from the manufacturer for review.

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There is a lot to talk about here. The polyphonic tuning mode works quite well. If you know your guitar is out of tune, one strum lets you know which string it is so you don't have to go through all six. Murphy's law makes sure that it is always the last one you check. It also recognized if a string is only sightly out of tune. The LED's tell you how far out it is as well. If you play one string at a time, it almost instantaneously switches into single string chromatic mode. The chromatic mode is very accurate and isn't overly finicky. There is a needle mode and spinning mode for the LED's. Players that play in drop tuning, are taken care of because you can adjust the pitch down that it recognizes as standard tuning.

The only negative I found was that the polyphonic mode displayed my low E string as being flat when it wasn't. It was something I quickly adjusted to because it was consistently wrong between several guitars both acoustic and electric. I'm sure TC will get this glitch fixed. Also, it only recognizes standard tuning in polyphonic mode. I think the next step for T.C. is to make the polyphonic mode programmable to custom tunings.

It seems to be built quite well. I didn't have it long enough to test longevity but I imagine it will hold up.

This is a great pedal and when they fix the little glitches, it will be even better. I think it is just as accurate as the BOSS pedal but the polyphonic mode makes it a better pedal. It costs the same as the TU-3 and in my opinion is a much better option.

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Juitariste's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Effective and robust"

TC Electronic PolyTune
An effective pedal tuner. She completed the job well, and it's solid. The LED display is nice in live situation, it helps to navigate. The strum function is cool, but do not expect not to have especially accuracy by using it. For my part, I prefer to use it to identify the most detuned strings, and after I pass on the way one note for a better reading. The settings are very good, and the ability to change the tuning reference may be useful, but only if you use the mode to strum a tune (not my case what). Oh, and on early versions, the switch is a bit hard to walk, but that's quibbling ^^.
Otherwise, this is the top, and the value for money is good in all reports.

BelleEpoch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Practical and effective"

TC Electronic PolyTune
True bypass pedal, battery powered (not included) or power supply boss type 9V.

How long have you use it?

Few months, he is attached to my pedalboard and is not about to leave! Used at home, and again in concert: it's basic and it works nickel.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I previously used a small Korg tuner, but my experience stops there ...

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

The tuner is very accurate in standard mode. It seems to me less effective PolyTune mode (you scratch all the strings at the same time and the screen displays the correctness of each), but it's a way a little "gadget" anyway. It can help to limit quickly view if you have a really rope to the street, but it does not go away in my opinion. A small button will also set the tuning used by default (useful if you play drop, for example).

A stupid but is also handy with a tuner pedal format trick: pressing the switch mute on and the guitar is quite useful on stage!

The screen offers good visibility.

Another practical detail: it is possible to supply a second 9V pedal via the PolyTune.

How would you rate the quality / price?

Very good for a robust specific product (it has its importance when the scene is invested by slamment guys with their beer), well finished, super fun to use.

With experience, you do again this choice?

No problem!

totoro59fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good"

TC Electronic PolyTune
How long have you use it?

a year now

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

+ The true bypass, the strength and visibility of the screen
- Polyphonic not always displayed (string Mi)

Have you tried many other models before buying it?


How would you rate the quality / price?

Quite expensive pedal but it's solid!

With experience, you do again this choice?


gsxbob's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Top"

TC Electronic PolyTune
buy a few weeks ago on the German site well known. I hesitated with the Boss TU3 which refers in this matter, and I'm not disappointed with my choice. Matter of taste, but I find the display PolyTune nicer, more readable.

for the operation, nothing complicated, one branch is scratched, it gives ... basically.
The guitar and bass PolyTune accept (configurable on the pedal mode), as well as tuning in drop .... in short, there is a consensus as you want.

The special feature of this pedal is to bring in more than one color mode, the "PolyTune". Note that you can scratch your 6 strings at the same time, the pedal recognizes each string and the display shows the height of 6 strings in a single view!
In practice, nothing to do, the pedal does everything alone. The only small criticism I bring the PolyTune, it would lack (a bit) precision in this fashion:
I did the test, after having granted rope rope my guitar (really close milimetre), when I play the six strings, the pedal tells me on two or three strings that the accuracy is not nickel, but a bit above or below the tone. Really not much, but had to find a criticism this, then here is: to quibble a bit, the precision poly tuning is not a 100% on top (and I repeat, very little difference anyway )
Add to this that the intensity of the display is set automatically according to the ambient brightness (practice), nice look, and the sound is muted when you snap (not bad when there is agreement on scene ...) and you must get the tuning!
very happy with my choice, this pedal responds to the expectations you can have (I think)
a choice I do it again without hesitation.
To note I did not put the 10/10 just because of this very, very slight lack of precision in PolyTune fashion ..... but it really is to look for the little beast

jerem's's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pretty, but solid and practical accuracy bof ..."

TC Electronic PolyTune
Polyphonic tuner pedal size, equipped with a true bypass.
I use it for 2 years now, and especially repeat concert where you can not afford to go to unplug agree!
The screen is visible. The polyphonic mode (which was a little innovation and encouraged a lot of people to buy on the spot anyway ...) can be useful to see at a glance if you are not well tuned ( although if you use its leaves, you know that we are out of tune ...), but the accuracy is not great I think.
Even in normal mode (single rope), I find it better but nothing more. In comparison my little Korg AW-2G clip and my old Seiko over 10 years of age are more accurate. Yet I plug just after the guitar at the beginning of the chain. At the same time, the system of red and green dots that light + / - next one is very far or not the note is necessarily less accurate than a good hand, even digital, which come one aim sweet spot in the center of the beach ... so Logic.
Question bypass the other hand, RAS. I find that the pedal affects my sound, this is a good point.
Luckily for me I have guitars that take good agreement, so I'm using it more for sure if it is connected ... but often I do not need.
I do not know if I will ever ... Since this choice, a mini version came out, and I read here and there it seems more accurate ... I think if I had to change I will look closely Korg Pitchblack example, which apparently has a very good reputation ...
Not a bad product per se, but not enough successful. Can do better especially when you see that knows how TC (Nova etc ...).