Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, チューナー/ピッチパイプ/音叉 from Boss in the TU series.

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badgerific 03/25/2011

Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner : badgerific のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Better alternatives? Probably."

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I think this is a good tuner but for the same price or less I think there are better alternatives.


-Accurate to 3 cents

-Two display modes: Stream (in which the moving lights become slower when the pitch becomes more accurate) and Cent (which works by having the green light in the centre light when the pitch is correct and the red lights either side indicate wether the pitch is flat or sharp and by how much)

-Seven modes: Guitar, Guitar flat, Guitar double flat, Bass, Bass flat, Bass double flat and Chromatic

-Eight octave range

-Mutes guitar signal while tuning

-Two outputs, one of which is muted when tuning one which isn't muted when engaged

The thing I like most about this tuner is that it's robust and reliable, I've had it for a few years now and used it at a good few gigs and it still works like the first day I bought it, with only a few scratches in the paint to show for it. There are a few reasons why if I had the choice again I wouldn't buy this pedal over some other similar ones in the market. Reason one is that the buffered bypass on the pedal doesn't sound very good in my rig and produces a noticeable change in tone which I'm not a huge fan of. Reason two is that it's not as accurate as the Korg Pitchblack pedal or the TC Electronics Polytune which are both in the same price range, the Polytune also has a excellent polyphonic feature which the boss doesn't.

Unless you want/need a pedal with buffered bypass then I don't think I'd recommend this pedal over the other two that I have mentioned in the review as it's less accurate and has less features. I am going to sell my Boss TU-2 to fund the purchase of a Korg Pitchblack soon as I find the tone coloration the Boss provides unnecessary.