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Guitars & Accessories

Best Stomp Box Guitar Tuner

Keeping your guitar in tune is obviously essential to a great performance, but there’s nothing that can suck the life out of the pace of a show than when you have to stop and disconnect your guitar from your rig and then plug it into your tuner, and then have to undo that process to reconnect back into your effects rig. Look, even reading that description was cumbersome. Enter the guitar stomp box guitar tuner, a pedal that puts your tuner right at your feet. No disconnecting and reconnecting necessary, allowing you to quickly, easily, and discretely keep your axe sounding good in a way that’s seamless to an audience’s perspective. We've chosen the best guitar stomp box guitar tuners, with each one here capable of accommodate standard tuning as well as some alternate tunings, they give you the ability to mute the signal so that no one will hear you tune, and all of them can be powered by either an adapter or batteries that can be easily found at any convenience store.

Zoom MS50G MultiStomp Guitar Pedal

If you were to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring one pedal, you might do well to bring the Zoom MS-50G along with you simply for its sheer range of what it can bring to the table. Yes, it offers an onboard chromatic tuner, which supports a selection of standard tunings as well as drop tunings. But it also features a surplus of guitar effects and amp models, including compressors, overdrive/distortion settings, eight amp models, 13 modulation/special effects, and delay/reverb settings as well. It’s almost unfair to classify this as a tuning pedal, but the fact of the matter is that it performs all tasks so well that it defies any true categorization. Best of all, it’s tiny, meaning it won’t take up a large footprint in your rig.

TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Tuner Pedal

There doesn’t seem to be many ways in which guitar tuners can improve in the minds of most consumers, but somehow TC Electronic has found a way with their Polytune guitar tuner pedal. Small and durable, this stompbox features an unprecedented feature which allows you to strum all of your strings at once as the pedal will immediately tell you which ones need tuning. This is a real time saver, as any guitarist can attest to. The pedal offers a clear and vibrant looking LED display, but what’s really cool is that this feature is adaptive; based on the ambient light level of the room that you’re in, the pedal will adjust its brightness, which not only makes it easier to read but can also conserve energy if you’re running off of a battery. Speaking of power, this pedal can also be used to power other pedals via its 9V DC output.

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

The BOSS TU-3 gives guitarists an easy and reliable way to keep their instrument in tune during a performance, and have no issue in doing so. The 21-segment LED meter is extremely easy to use, and offers a brightness control so that you can make adjustments based on the environment. You can tune chromatically as well as standard and drop-tunings. The pedal features support for everything from 7-string guitars to 6-string basses, so there are few instruments out there that won’t be covered by this device. The Accu-Pitch sign function gives a very clear visual sign when the tuning of a string is complete, so you’ll never be left wondering whether or not you’ve landed where you’re trying to get to. Best of all, the tuner automatically mutes the signal when you’re using it, so audiences will never know when you’re actually tuning in between songs.

Korg Pitchblack Poly Polyphonic Guitar and Bass Pedal Tuner

An innovator in the world of music and electronics, Korg continues to push the bar higher with their Pitchblack Poly polyphonic guitar tuner stompbox. This pedal easily reads the signal when you strum all of the strings on your guitar, and will let you know which ones are in need of tuning. This tuner can work with both bass and guitar, and also supports Drop-D tunings, capo, flattened tunings, and more. Its die-cast aluminum body makes it very durable. It can be powered by either a single 9V battery or by its 9V DC input.

Korg PB02 Pitchblack + Chromatic Pedal Tuner

Korg PB02 Pitchblack + Chromatic Pedal Tuner

Korg’s PB02 Pitchblack+ chromatic pedal tuner is a stompbox that immediately looks different than some of the other products that exist in the market with it today, and that’s with good reason. This pedal is able to do things that its peers cannot, including saving tuning settings as presets, which is great for guitarists who frequently use alternate tunings outside of the standard set. A flat tuning mode can accommodate as many as seven semitones below standard, and it can also tune to open D, open E, open G, open A, and DADGAD. It’s a true bypass pedal, so you won’t have to worry about it sucking your tone, and it automatically mutes when it’s in use. It can also supply up to 200 mA of power to other pedals in your effects rig, making this helpful in more ways than its title might indicate.

Sean Kramer
I'm a guitarist/music producer with 18 years of experience playing on-stage, in the studio, and everywhere in between. I have toured and recorded on projects both independent and major, in styles such as rock, pop, funk, hip hop, electronic, and more. My axe of choice is probably always going to be the Fender Stratocaster, but I've been known to pick up other guitars when the music calls for it. I'm a big fan of using a multitude of effects (both hardware and software-driven) to manipulate the sound and atmosphere of an instrument. In addition to playing on records, I have also contributed to the score/soundtrack for shows and spots on MTV and ESPN, as well as for a variety of independent films, web series, and television shows.
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