Digitech’s Hardwire HT-6 is a stupendous and highly-underrated tuner – and our favorite polyphonic tuner. It’s fast, bright and allows for seamless switching between single-string and polyphonic modes. Plus, it offers ±1.0 cent accuracy in polyphonic mode – something even the TCE PolyTune can’t claim.
Made by Peterson Tuners
Peterson’s made-in-the-USA StroboStomp is a fully-featured beast of a pedal tuner, providing ±0.1 cent detection accuracy, and extra-wide detection and calibration ranges. It’s fully programmable and offers 25 Peterson-designed “Sweetened Tunings” along with many advanced features (like ground lift). It is, however, big and pricey.
Made by Shure
Shure packs a nice tuner into its GLXD6 wireless system, offering decent ±1.0 cent detection accuracy, wide detecion rnage, good usability and a clear, crisp LED display. It’s a sensible choice for wireless users.
Made by Sonic Research
The ST-300 Turbo Tuner is our top choice among pedal tuners. Featuring ±0.02 cent detection accuracy, a super-wide calibration range, outstanding low-note detection, programmability, and a bright true stroboscopic display with near-instantaneous response, it’s a seriously brilliant piece of gear. It’s also made in US.
Along with Boss’s TU-2/TU-3, the PolyTune 2 is one of the most popular pedal tuners ever built — and for good reason. With its sleek Scandinavian looks, six-string polyphonic tuning capability and ±0.1 cent accuracy (in Strobe mode), the Polytune 2 delivers outstanding tuner technology in a compelling package.
Now discontinued, the PolyTune 2 BlackLight has become a somewhat sought-after piece of gear, identical to the white PolyTune 2 except for the flecked black finish and ultra-cool blue and white LEDs. It delivers six-string polyphonic tuning capability and ±0.1 cent accuracy (in Strobe mode).