Peterson Stomp Classic Tuner - Review.
There are tuners and there are Tuners
with a capital T, and the Stomp Classic definitely falls in
the second category. In a die-cast housing resembling a small
Sherman tank, the classic is a high quality digital strobe
tuner designed to give a lifetime of service.
In the looks department the classic
harks back to the design of the Conn ST-11 tuner with a contemporary
twist. It sports features such as 0.1 cent note accuracy
across the tuning range, sweetened tuning presets for a variety
of instruments both electric and acoustic, Buzz Feiten support,
and much more.
It can also serve as an active DI box to enable a guitarist
to get a clean signal to a PA or recording desk for example.
The unit is also fully programmable using a PC or Mac to setup
your own sweetened tuning presets via its USB port. This also
allows for future firmware updates. Importantly for tone connoisseurs
the unit is 100% true bypass so as not to alter your tone
in any way.
Onto it’s use the first thing one notices
is the screw-less battery aperture and the lugs provided in
order to mount the pedal securely onto a pedal board if one
so wishes. This is a superb and simple innovation which should
feature on all pedals.
The pedal fires up instantly when a ¼” cable is inserted into
the quality switchcraft jack and the output is via ¼” jack
to your amp with the option of having an XLR DI to your mixing
desk as mentioned before.
The display is quite large and backlight in bright orange to
ensure visibility in all conditions. Importantly the included
easy to follow leaflet, suggests light picking of each string
to ensure accuracy of tuning, I also personally find that
using your neck pickup and rolling off the treble helps with
any tuner as well.
I took the tuner with me to two functions to test it on the
road. The first function was a BBQ in a Villa where I was
hosting a get together for several musicians. We all tuned
up using the Classic and everyone was amazed at the results.
This included a variety of instruments such as a Gibson SG,
Epiphone Les Paul, Fender Toronado, Musicman Stingray Bass,
some acoustic guitars and a Fender Ukulele.
The next day I played at a wedding with my own band and again
tuned all our guitars with the Classic, to include a Fender
Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Roscoe
Beck 5-string and a nylon strung electro-acoustic again great
results that could be heard, throughout a range of instruments.
In the near future I also intend to setup my Buzz Feiten equipped
Washburn N4 with the Classic and post the results.
Indeed a worthwhile addition to any musician’s arsenal.
By Ernest H Slade
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