tc electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner/Buffer

Tuner Pedal

  • Polyphonic tuner / buffer
  • The Bonafide circuitry receives its sound through long cable paths and several effects devices
  • Polyphonic tuning - simultaneous display of all strings
  • Fast chromatic tuner with 0.5 cent accuracy
  • Ultra-precise strobe tuner with ± 0.02 cent accuracy
  • The "Always On" mode offers a tuner display even if the Polytune 3 is not muted
  • Automatic brightness adjustment
  • 109 Super bright LED display with automatic brightness adjustment
  • Automatic change between polyphonic and monophonic tuning
  • Foot switch: On / Off / Mute
  • True Bypass
  • Power consumption: 45 mA
  • Power supply with a 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative polarity inside - not included, suitable: Art.409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 72 x 122 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 300 g

Further Information

Chromatic Yes
Display LED
Integrated Microphone No
Integrated Metronome No
PSU Connector Yes
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Great tuner, a bit confusing at first
A. j M., 08.05.2020
This is THE tuner pedal out there. Don't look any further ever, and stop asking reddit how it compares to Boss or D'addario (two brands that I otherwise really appreciate) - it doesn't. This is in its own ballpark.
I mean you get:
- True bypass if that's what you want
- An excellent buffer if you prefer (great thing to put right at the top of your chain if you have passive pickups)
- 3 different view settings (I use the classic one)
- A 9V output to daisy chain another pedal (because who wants their tuner to take a spot on their juice box, amaright?)
- Infinite tuning options, and you can set up your favorites
- Send in different settings to the pedal from your phone through the pickups (you read that right)
- Optionnal Always on display (so that you can pretend to know your fretboard by heart)
- Polyphonic tuner is a great thing
- Killswitch
- Great build quality

I must forget something, but as you see, I do believe it's a no brainer, I don't see any reason to get any other tuner at that price point on the market at the moment.

The only down side is that it may have too much options to start with and can be overwhelming at first if you want to use the whole alternate tuning thing. But nothing an hour with the manual and many tutorials online will not get rid of :). If you only need normal tuning - it's really just plug and play, so you won't have that issue at all!
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Works well, looks great, worth the money
Grezzky, 23.10.2020
10 months in use - 0 trouble with it.

Polyphonic tuner feature looks interesting, but I couldnt bring myself to start use it. Use it as a usual tuner, its great for such scenario.
Extra power output is awesome - I can use 1 power supply for two pedals.

I forgot to unplug the power supply from my polytune and digitech drop pedals for at least 2 days once - digitech is dead, polytune works perfect. So, my poor attention test is passed by TC Electronics PolyTune 100%!

Awesome LED-colors, looks really good.
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Good, solid tuner with great display & buffer
chevalking., 10.03.2021
The display is pretty much always visible, even in bright daylight. The polytune feature is OK, but I don't often use it as I don't find it accurate enough to be properly in tune. Single string tuning is excellent and easy to do with such a good display. I also like the built-in buffer, which is a real plus for me. Overall a good tuner for a reasonable price. Not as sturdy as a Boss tuner, but this display makes it a winner. Useful extra feature is the 9volt out, which I sometimes use to power off-board pedals.
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Durable, Precise, and Roadworthy
Schengis, 23.06.2019
I've been using this tuner for a couple years before buying my own. I tour in a band that's on the road for 50+ gigs a year and this little guy is up to the challenge. I've seen this thing dropped, stomped on, spilled on by all manner of things, and frankly just manhandled... you name it, this tuner can take it in stride!

One of the best things about it is how well you can fit it to your personal needs. I use mine pretty much how it came out of the box, our bassist uses the "always on" function for live tuning, and the singer/rhythm player uses it as a mute when he decides to jump down into the crowd. It performs just as well on battery as plugged. I could praise this thing all day but here are some pros/cons:

Pros:
- Built to fit your personal needs - customizable
- Extremely durable and maintains precision
- "Plays well with others" (as in pedals and effect)

Cons:
- Easy to drain batteries if not careful
- "Polytune" function not 100% useful/accurate in on-stage situations
- Some latency in pitch detection in lower register guitars

A must-have pedal.
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