TC Electronic Polytune by fmsoloist
Guitar gear junkies everywhere will have to admit that even with the myriad of new gadgets that come out each year, seldom demand your immediate attention for setting standards and providing musicians with something useful. Take the staple of a stomp box tuner. The standard was always the Boss TU. However, after the TC Electronic Polytune hit the market, I wasn’t surprised to see each and every pro I know make the switch. A close second was the ISP Decimator noise reduction, but the concept there wasn’t so revolutionary as much as it was an improvement by the same designer [as the Rocktron “Hush”].
For those familiar with pitch correction, you know that you can only track or adjust single notes, not chords and harmonies. What makes the Polytune special is its unique ability to give an instant and real time display of the pitches of all the strings on your guitar at the same time. So instead of tuning string by string, this little box takes your tuning time, on stage or against the studio clock and divides it by 6, cutting tuning down to a few seconds. There’s something worthy of your attention.
Strum your guitar and watch the tuning fan out across an easy to read color LCD with adjustable formats, like needle and strobe. And floating bridges are no problem. If tuning one string affects another, you’ll be able to make your adjustments easily.
Now, if you‘re intimidated by “poly-tuning”, or just have a unique way of going through the intonation to tune, simply play one string at a time and the tuner adjusts to your demands and displays like a conventional tuner.
The Poly Tune is extremely accurate and well built, with a lot more than the average parameters within, but if you didn’t have enough reason to at least try it, the seller is being true bypass- “the golden term” for stomp boxes. This means that at the most crucial point in your signal, you won’t be sucking away your precious tone when the pedal is not on. The only drawback, like with many pieces of guitar gear is that it’s not yet 7-string compatible, but it stills sets the bar for tuning and lets us all marvel for moment at a piece of gear instead of wondering why technology wants to eat your guitar and your wallet.