A stellar buffered tuning pedal, the Boss TU-3 Tuner! Now, you might be asking, how passionate can one person be about a tuner pedal?
Honestly, it depends. If one has bought into the true-bypass idea for their entire pedal board, then this tuner is right up your alley! If you already have a Boss TU-2 or buffered tuner, then you might want to skip this version. It’s entirely up to you! I personally really, really like the Boss TU-3 Tuner. Here’s my truth about it.
The Boss enclosure is standard. Thumbwheel to access the battery, jacks are all secure. The jacks, switch and power section are all mounted on individual pcb boards for quick warranty service purposes if one component should fail. Footswitch cleared for thousands of hits, and the display has a wonderful array of LEDs telling you if you are sharp or flat. The display hearkens to the TC Electronics Polytune, however as stated before, Boss pedals include a buffer to their signal – which includes the Boss TU-3 tuner.
The buffer transforms your high impedance signal into low impedance, which allows it to travel through the remaining signal path without losing your base tone along the way. Placed before the chain or after your effects is up to you. Usually a buffer at the beginning of the path as well as a buffer at the end of the path insures that your signal is preserved. I have a buddy who sandwiches his volume pedal between buffers with good reason.
Those with golden ears will notice a slight tone coloration when this pedal is placed in the signal path. It’s not bad, just different, bringing out a little bit of the treble more.
I keep my tuner always out of my signal chain via my This1smyne AB Switch, which has a switchable buffer within it.
This is a keeper! It will probably serve as long as those other legacy Tuners!
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