Polytune Clip Review
TC Electronics have now
entered the ever-growing clip-on tuner market with their Polytune
Clip. The clip transfers the now well-known polyphonic string-tuning
format (Ability to tune all your strings with one glance)
to a portable clip on tuner which as we know offers easy tuning
anywhere with most instruments.
Made of sturdy plastic
and with a metal clamp the tuner looks well built and is powered
by a 3 volt watch type battery which is said to last around
18 hours. The clamp is quite stiff and to be honest I would
not recommend that owners of nitro finished guitars to leave
it on their headstocks for prolonged periods of time. The
display although compact, is very clear and bright, and is
easily visible even during outdoor gigs in bright sunlight.
However the body of the tuner does not twist like most clip
on tuners and this makes the viewing angle a bit awkward.
As to its ability to tune
itís a bit of a mixed bag. I tried it with several electric
guitars such as Tele, Les Paul, Strat with no problems. However
my bass player found it would sometimes find a dead spot and
not register the notes from his 4 and 5 string basses.
Where clip on tuners are
essential however is when it comes to acoustic instruments
with no electronics. I tested the Polytune with a ukulele
and an acoustic guitar with no problems.
For those advanced users
the tuner also offers a strobe mode useful for ultra-accurate
tuning for setting up intonation for example.
In theory a very good
tuner which could had been better if the issues mentioned
are seen to, maybe for the next version?