Amped Review: Polytune vs Tru-Strobe

TC Electronics latest and Planet Waves duke it out.   12-Apr-10

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8:35 mins

Tuners are getting some serious love from the boffins right now, this NAMM saw the introduction of two new heavyweights - firstly, in the white corner -  the all-new TC Electronic Polytune - a revolutionary new concept, in that it allows you to view and tune all six strings simultaneously, as well as individually. And in the black corner the Planet Waves Tru-Strobe - an extremely accurate strobe tuner - this method is what the pros - those who have guitar techs anyhow,  have been using for years.

Your referee for this bout is Mr Rob Chappers, a highly experienced guitarist with some hot chops and plenty of years of world-class tunage under his belt.

TC Electronic PolyTune main features:

  • Polyphonic Tuner – Tune all strings simultaneously – simply; Strum, Tune, Rock!
  • Chromatic Tuner – Ultra fast and steady response, Needle and Stream display modes with +/- 0.5 cent accuracy
  • True Bypass – Passes the guitar signal unprocessed through the pedal and preserves the integrity of your precious tone
  • Super bright LED Display with ambient light sensor – Ensures ultimate visibility in any situation, even in bright sunlight
  • 9V DC Out for powering other pedals – Connect an optional power supply to power other pedals via PolyTune™'s 9V DC Out
  • Easy Battery Access – No fiddling, simply change the battery in an instant thanks to the singlefinger- screw that gives easy access to the battery compartment
  • Drop-tunings – Dropped tunings from E-flat down to B supported in Polyphonic mode
  • Works with both guitar and bass – Both Polyphonic and Chromatic mode works for both Guitar and 4-, 5- and 6-string Bass



Pricing and Availability:
Price: £69/€77/$149
Available: February 2010

Plenet Waves Tru-Strobe Pedal

  • - Highly accurate to within +/- 0.1 of a cent
  • - True bypass wiring with quiet switching
  • - Buzz Feiten ® and drop tuning presets 
  • - Wide calibration range
  • - Visible in full sunlight and on dark stages
  • - User Calibration Range from A400Hz to A499hz
  • - 9V input/output for daisy-chaining effects

Pricing and Availability:
Price: £89/€85/$128 USD


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