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Pedal tuners are nothing new, but TC’s PolyTune was a game changer, and their PolyTune 2 goes to the next level.
The polytune functions enables the player to strum a chord, and the tuner displays what strings are out of tune. The idea is that even after tuning each individual string at perfect pitch, when played together they are not quite in tune with one another. This concept may be alien to guitarists, but after using it in this mode, hearing is believing. It can also be used as a standard tuner, with the LEDs acting like a strobe display, with super accurate tuning like the old school strobe tuners. There are two new modes: Drop D and Capo, enabling accurate tuning when using a capo, performing in Drop D, or any other alternate tuning. The true bypass switch enables silent tuning, and no tone loss.
The display has been turbocharged, as well, with a super bright readout. This makes the pedal easily readable in bright situations, like an outdoor daytime gig, and senses when it gets dark, providing a clearly visible display, regardless of the ambient light.▼ Article continues below ▼
It can also power a series of other effects, with a 9v out option. A USB output is also there for any firmware updates that may become available, but it’s hard to think of what TC could do to make this better. With all these features, it’s pretty much a no-brainer: a hyper-accurate tuner with plenty of options and simple usability.
PROS: Flexible tuning modes, easy to use, super bright display.