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Korg PitchBlack Pedal Tuner

 
High precision and advanced functionality and sleek style make this new guitar/bass pedal tuner from Korg our most advanced yet.


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Fantastic Pedal Tuner, super value for the price. featured

Ease Of Use The Pitchblack is one of the best pedal tuners you can buy, in my opinion. The unit is very simple to use, all you need to do is choose a display mode that you like. You can alter the calibration if you need to, but most players won't need this. As it is chromatic, flat or alternate tunings are easy, since the note names are displayed on the awesome display.

The display modes are debatable, everyone will find one they like to use. Personally, I like standard meter mode, and the mirror mode. However, the beauty of the unit is the bright and clear display. On stage, or in your bedroom, it's easy to see from a distance, and looks pretty cool too.

Put it this way, I used to have two other pedal tuners, a Boss TU-2 which has been replaced by the Pitchblack on my small pedalboard, and the Peterson Strobostomp on my workbench, which has been replaced by the Pitchblack+ ( Plus ). The Pitchblack does everything the TU-2 did, only more transparently, and better. I loved it so much I ditched my Strobostomp and went with the Plus for the more accurate tuning modes for setups, and gigs where I might have use for its other features, which I won't go into. Either way the Pitchblack family are great tuners.

The Pitchblack can be had for less than a hundred dollars, and is worth every penny, and then some. I've even given a couple as gifts to friends who were still using a Boss or other tuner.


Sound Very transparent, I don't notice it when its plugged in at all. I run it right from the guitar into my other pedals, then to my amp.


Reliability It is surprisingly solid, when I first saw one I expected it to be plastic and cheap feeling, but it is metal and feels quite solid. Mine has never broken, and I would not hesitate to gig it without any backup.


Customer Support Have not needed support.


Liked about it I love the display, and the multiple display modes that are available. The styling is top notch, it is a small pedal, unobtrusive and simple. It is very well built, and does not alter my tone.


Didn't like I really have nothing negative to say about the Pitchblack, the only thing I'd prefer is if it had been free.


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5.0

By blackspy
Oct 23, 2009
 
Last updated: December 08, 2009
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Amazing tuner

Ease Of Use Being a tuner, this is incredibly easy to use. the display is perfectly clear and visible, even under a bright light. There's no mistaking sharps for flats here, and it works straight out of the box.

This is the beginning pedal of my signal chain, so it's constantly being plugged in/unplugged on one side, and it stays plugged in on the other side. Even after months of heavy usage, both jacks still feel the same as one another, the one that's being constantly used hasn't worn down the slightest bit.

I cannot speak for battery life because this pedal is always on my pedalboard, connected to a one-spot.


Sound This pedal is completely transparent in terms of sound, you wouldn't know it were there if you weren't aware of it.


Reliability Of all of the times I've had malfunctions with my rig because of pedal problems, this has caused none of them. I would absolutely take this to a gig without a backup, although Korgs are so cheap there's no reason to do that.


Customer Support Never had to deal with Korg during my time as a player, and I've gotten every tuner I've owned from them.


Liked about it -Sturdy. It seems like that screen would be easily cracked, but that's yet to happen even after a few months of it being hit by doorknobs while carrying my pedalboard.
-Transparent. Won't suck away your tone.
-The pedal is about the same size(if not smaller) than an average BOSS pedal so it saves a bunch of space on the board, but the screen is still large and clear enough that you can actually see what it says while standing.


Didn't like -It's all black, making it nearly invisible in the dark. However, this can easily be fixed with some glow/reflective tape.


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5.0

By Jet9
Mar 25, 2012
 
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My favorite tuner!

Ease Of Use I bought this tuner about half a year ago to replace a Boss tuner, and I had not thought I would be that satisfied for something as trivial as a tuner!
It's design is quite cool. Black with a stomp box foot switch to turn it on and off. Big bright LED lights up to show you tone and the tuning meter. The red lights light up on the left or right side depending if you're too high or too low. As you tune the diode comes closer to center and turnes green as you are in tune. Very accurate and very easy.
I have my PitchBlack first in my chain and when activated it cuts the sound. Very handy as you can tune between songs without the audience hearing you. When turned off it is in true bypass mode.
What i also love about this tuner is that it's very solid and so small that it easily justify it's place on your pedal board. Making sure you're in tune also for song #8 is always more important that seven seconds of flanger in one solo...


Sound No noise at all. It cuts the sound when activated and has true bypass when deactivated.


Reliability It is very reliable, and sexy enough to have the other guitarist and bass player in my band desiring it. It is precise, easy to read and can take a beating.


Customer Support Not dealt with.


Liked about it - Small.
- Precise.
- Easy to read when on stage.


Didn't like I liked everything about it, really!


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5.0

By hp29
Sep 04, 2010
 
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I'm lovin' it!!

Ease Of Use I finally broke down and bought one of these so I could stop jockying my Snark tuner between guitar cases. So far this is everything I hoped it would be. Real easy to use. Pop the included battery in(or hook it up to your one-spot like me) and plug this at the front of your pedal chain and you're good to go. There's one button to toggle between 4 different display modes, the strobe being my favorite. There's also another button for calibrating A=440 or whatever other value you decide. However since the note is clearly displayed while tuning, there's no real need to mess with this switch. The last cool feature is that it cuts the signal to the rest of the chain when in use, so the audience can't hear you tuning. :)


Sound Since this pedal has true bypass when not in use, there's no tone-sucking or tone-additives present. You get out what you put in.


Reliability Beefy metal unit that feels like it can take a beating. Since this is the newest addition to my pedalboard, long term use is unknown to me. However other reviews say it can stand the test of time, so we shall see.


Customer Support Haven't had to deal with them to date.


Liked about it -fairly inexpensive
-Big, bright display
-plug n' play


Didn't like -accuracy is +/- 1 cent (not a major issue, but the TC Electronics tuner is accurate within .5 cent)
-only comes in black
-calibration feature isn't really necessary


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5.0

By silverctr
Nov 01, 2012
 
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