Tuner Pedals

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About Tuner Pedals

Tuner pedals are essential for every guitarist who plays live. Have one at the start of your chain and pay attention to it often throughout your gig! Many tuners can also be used to mute your live signal. This means you can use them as a mute in between songs as well as having them be ‘on’ for tuning during these moments.

Plenty of guitar pedal manufacturers make pedal tuners. The BOSS TU-3, TC Electronic Polytune and Korg Pitchblack are just three of many. Lots of tuners have multiple settings. In addition to tuning your standard notes (E,A,D,G,B & E), you can set most to be Chromatic (meaning they will read all pitches), half step down and other drop tunings. A visual display allows you to see how close or otherwise your particular string is to being in tune. Most tuners give out readings that border on a cent or two’s accuracy which is incredible!

Whatever your preference is when it comes to guitar tuner pedals, you’ll find everything you need right here on the guitarguitar website and in each of our stores. We are dealers for BOSS, Korg and TC Electronic so rest assured, we will meet your tuning needs!


Why Should I Choose a Tuner Pedal?

  • Be in tune in any situation
  • A guitar tuner pedal mutes your guitar as you tune
  • Easy to see even on dark stages

Frequently Asked Questions about Tuner Pedals

Question: Can tuner pedals handle drop tunings?
Yes, if it is a chromatic tuner pedal it will read all pitches within its range. Drop tunings are an important part of many guitarists' repertoire therefore almost all tuners will handle drop tunings with ease.
Question: Can I leave my tuner on for my entire gig?
Yes, just set it so that it doesn't mute your note when it is on! Remember, however, that using it like this will mean you can keep an eye on your tuning at all times but you can't tune silently!
Question: Can I really use my tuner as a pedal power supply?
Yes! Certain tuner pedals will let you do that! The BOSS TU-3, for instance, is famous for having this function. You'll notice that there are two connectors on the top, labelled 'in' and 'out'. This is a special feature and here's what you do: You'll need to buy a 9v adapter and a daisy chain cable. Plug the power supply into the 'in' socket, remembering to remove the 9v PP3 battery from the pedal first! Next, connect the daisy chain to the 'out' socket and then use the daisy chain to connect up to five compact pedals (this number may vary depending on specific power needs of certain pedals) which will all then take their power through the tuner! If that doesn't make the TU-3 an indispensable pedal, we don't know what does!
Question: I don't want people to hear me when I'm tuning up. What can I do?
Most pedal tuners feature a 'mute' option so that your sound is killed whilst the tuner is engaged. This is a common feature to most tuners and will help you sound more professional.
Question: Is it better if my tuner pedal is buffered or true-bypass?
This depends on a lot of opinions as well as the specifics of your particular rig. If you only use a few choice pedals (which themselves are already true bypass) and you use a short cable, we would recommend using a true-bypass tuner to get the integrity of your tone intact. If you like to use more than four pedals and have a 20ft lead between your guitar and your tuner, we'd suggest opting for a buffered tuner. Your signal will have been experiencing a small degree of signal degradation from the length of journey it has to take to get to the amp so a little boost from the buffer will be more of a help than a hindrance.