[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”300″ identifier=”B00EIMZG46″ locale=”US” src=”https://www.jtpedals.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/41CqVM1HbML.jpg” tag=”jtspedals-20″ width=”298″]Many people have asked me to review TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner to see if the item is worth their buck. After using the tuner for two months now, I can whole-heartedly recommend it to every guitar player, beginner or otherwise.
There are several distinguished names in the guitar industry and Denmark’s TC Electronic is one of them. They are recognized as one of the most innovative and inventive producer in the business. True to form, they have produced another top product in the TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner. It is the updated version of its best-seller predecessor, the TC Electronic Polytune Pedal Tuner which took the market by storm back in 2010 when it was introduced to guitar players worldwide as the pedal which allows for checking all six strings at once. This was accompanied by an iOs app which made everything even better. Excited by this news, I wasted no time in trying the pedal myself. For those like me who have extensively used the original Polytune, the standards are naturally high but the newer installment of this line certainly did not disappoint.
Looking at this pedal can easily lead you to think that not much was upgraded because the exteriors are virtually the same. The internal mechanisms spelled the difference of course although the core essentials that made the Polytune original great was kept.
For one, it still allows for all the strings to be checked at once. This can be done simply by strumming the guitar even without fretting any cord. The tuner’s display will instantly show which strings need adjustment, whether flat or sharp. The LED will also change to help you adjust the pitch of every individual string.
The Polytune 2 is equipped with a dedicated bass mode and presets for some guitar arrangements such as transposed tunings and capo positions in different frets. It has a strobe-tuning function and an ultra-precise tuner for more accuracy. Another noticeable upgrade is that the LED display is brighter and has a sensor to adjust brightness to lighting conditions, saving power and further improving the overall tuning experience. One common complaint of guitarists is not being able to see very well during gigs because of the dim LED lighting. This makes tuning more difficult and a bit of a hassle, especially when you are in a hurry to finish tuning and start playing to a waiting crowd.
Build and Features
The pedal can be powered with a 9-volt battery or a power adapter which you can buy separately. of course, veteran guitar players like me welcome that the adapter is optional because it reduces the cost and allows me to use my already existing adapters from other pedals. It also has a USB port for future firmgrade updates as the company constantly upgrades the app for better user experience. It also has new chromatic strobe tuner -0.1 cent tuning accuracy and a true bypass with silent tuning. This allows you to maintain the integrity of our signal whenever you switch between on or off or whenever the pedal is suddenly disengaged. It also has a 3-meter Velcro tor ease of pedal board attachment. It is also one of the rare pedals that has a DC output that can power other pedals, lessening the spider web of cords needed to make all your guitar pedals function simultaneously. It can provide around 2000 mAh of power to other effect or looper pedals that you may want to use at the same time.
The Polytune 2 definitely ranks among the best tuner pedals in the market today. The tuning prowess is as good as its predecessor but the improved lighting definitely makes it the ideal tuner for both low-light gigs and outdoors. It is extremely versatile and allows you to tune down in 5 semitones or to tune up to various capo styles. It is extremely easy to use and intuitive to dabble with even for beginners. For a price under $100, it is too good a bargain to pass up.