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Boss TU-2 tuner review

By  Bob Glastetter | Published  09/24/2006 | Guitar Effects and Pedals
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Boss TU-2 tuner review

Here are the features. It can tune either a Guitar or Bass down to one full step below standard tuning.? There are indicator lights for this and the TU-2 also has the normal sharp/flat lights with the center light meaning “in tune” which is pretty standard. The TU-2 also features auto/ “hands free” tuning with two separate tuning modes Stream or Cent. One nifty feature is that if you use a power supply there is a out that you can use to daisy chain your other effects to and power them off the same power supply, Cool!?? Normal Input/output and Bypass mode jacks. When the pedal is engaged it actually mutes the signal to your amp and you can tune silently, perfect for gigs.

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? So let’s review the TU-2. Well the first thing I noticed is that it’s well built and sturdy so it should last forever like most of Boss’s pedals. I fired it up and checked out how well does the tuner follow the note? Very good marks for this one, no wobbly or flakey readings from the lights and definately better than the needle type tuners that jump around. I would suggest to pick the note like your going to be playing it to get a more accurate reading for tuning. If you touch it real soft when tuning then hammer down hard while playing your tuning will be off. How well do the lights work? Well they worked great with bright LED’s and easy to read on a stage BUT in the daylight you just can’t see them at all. You’ll have to slightly cover the face of the unit from the sun to see it in the daylight, so O.K. marks for this, good and bad depending on the situation.

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? How’s the accuracy? Well there are two tuning modes Stream and Cent. The Stream mode simulates how a strobe tuner works and the cent mode is the normal mode and when all three lights are on it indicates proper tuning. I found the Cent mode to be a bit inconsistent in accurate tuning, I’ll explain why. According to Boss the TU-2 is accurate to a? degree of +,- 5cents,? so basically you can tune one time with all the odds in your favor and it sounds great and the second time you tune, allowing for the odds to be against you, it won’t sound as close because of the accuracy being +,- within 5 cents accuracy. So a Peterson strobe tuner is within1/100th accuracy and the Boss isn’t that good, but not bad for live gigging and certainly pro’s can use it for fast tweaks to get the guitar sounding good. All is not lost though for the guys that need better accuracy! The Stream mode basically simulates a strobe tuner. The LED’s on the face of the pedal either slow down or speed up according to being sharp or flat as you’re tuning and they STOP when your in tune. Now here’s the GREAT thing about this tuner. When using the STREAM mode I compared the tuning accuracy against my Peterson and noticed the Boss TU-2 got 2-3 cents better in accuracy!! What a big difference, the tuning sounded Great every time I tuned this way and this was impressive! High marks here and this really makes this pedal worth the money.

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? So what’s the final mark? Well I would say Very Good for many players in many situations. Use the stream mode when tuning and it’s a winner. Now if you’re a Pro and recording your Major Label debut stick with a Peterson strobe, simply the best for that but in a live gig situation I’ll take the Boss.

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