Boss TU-3W Waza Floor Tuner

Ground Pedal

  • A TU-3 in WAZA version with perfect pitch recognition and a high-quality signal buffer
  • Optimized audio circuits for an uncoloured signal propagation
  • The buffer can be disabled
  • LED meter with 21 segments and adjustable brightness
  • High brightness mode
  • "Accu-PitchSign" function
  • Tuning modes: chromatic, guitar, bass, 7-string guitar, 6-string bass and drop tuning (up to - 6 semitones)
  • Accuracy: + / - 1 cent
  • Reference tone adjustable from 436 to 445 Hz
  • DC out jack for powering additional pedals
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
  • Power supply with 9 V battery or via 9 V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative pole inside, suitable power supply not included: 409939)

Further Information

Chromatic Yes
Display LED
Integrated Microphone No
Integrated Metronome No
PSU Connector Yes
Design Floor Tuner
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Very good but overpriced and there's a problem with the LEDS
TrEr, 27.07.2020
EDIT: After using this tuner for some time in real life situations (gigs, studio, rehearsals) I've decided to lower my ratings considerably. The green middle LED is so much brighter than the adjacent blue LEDS that it completely overpowers them, It's very difficult to see the innermost blue LEDS when the green LEDS lights up because you are practically blinded by the extremely bright green LED. It's therefore difficult to see if you are in tune or slightly out of tune. This is a VERY flawed design. The regular (much cheaper) non-Waza model with the red LEDS is a lot better. Don't waste your money on this one!

(My original un-edited review follows below):

I got this to replace my old Boss TU-2. I wasn't sure if I should spend this much or get the regular non-Waza TU-3. Curiosity got the better of me so I got the Waza.

It's a very good tuner. It reacts considerably faster than my old TU-2 an it's also slightly more precise. It's not TOO precise though. I used to own a Sonic Research Turbo Tuner which to a lot of guitarist is THE best tuner out there. While it may be the best tuner based on specs it was just TOO precise for me. I mean, who really needs +/- 0.02 cent? Tuning took forever because it was almost impossible to make the lights stop spinning. I ended up selling it. The Boss TU-3W on the other hand is just about perfect. It's precise enough for any practical purposes and you won't waste time trying to pin down that last 0.02 cent.

Boss tuners are often criticized for their buffer coloring the sound. I've never found this to be a problem. Quite the opposite. I find Boss buffers to be much better than their reputation and so is the one in the TU-3W. But if you don't want the buffer in your signal chain the pedal can be set for true bypass too. And to be honest, that's probably the only really significant thing that sets this Waza apart from the regular, much cheaper non-Waza TU-3.

Is true bypass worth all that extra money? I guess that depends on how you set up your pedal board. If you don't really need true bypass you might as well get the much cheaper non-Waza TU-3.

Any cons? Well yeah, just one: The Green center LED is so much brighter than the blue ones that it can sometimes be difficult to see if one of the blue ones right next to it light up (meaning you're not perfectly in tune). This won't be a problem on the non-Waza TU-3 that uses green+red LEDs instead of green+blue. They should have stuck with the red LEDs on the Waza too or made the blue LEDS slightly brighter.

To sum it up: The TU-3W is a somewhat overpriced but very nice tuner pedal.
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Great Tuner
Triddo, 25.04.2018
Upgraded from a polytune. So much happier with this, looks great, works brilliantly, lights are extremely clear and easy to see and The buffet is really good too. No complaints at all!
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Not the usual Boss over-priced gear
Paul141, 19.07.2019
Actually i never thought that Boss would make anything like this. I bought this tuner 'cause i really wanted something to go lower than the usual tuning with drop etc and on the same time being "alive", easy to use, reliable and most of all, accurate. Well... this little gem has everything i needed and although i still think that it's overpriced, it's like a metal brick, so i believe that i won't need another tuner for the next 30 years... ;)
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Good stuff
Jimbo Jimmy, 20.07.2020
Built like a tank. Great accuracy. Will be used in bypass mode (output) in front of the pedal chain.
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