Sleek, super stylish, and easy to use – a forward-thinking polyphonic clip-on tuner from TC becomes this year’s gig bag essential.
Words by Guy Little Images by Richard Ecclestone
I love gadgets that make my life much easier and I always check I’ve got a clip-on tuner around somewhere – but the problem is that they’ve never been too reliable and I’ve almost always fallen back on my pedalboard TC Tuner – or even my iPhone! There was just something about clip-on tuners that I didn’t get – and they didn’t get me. There’s a great D’Addario one, I must say, but with TC’s claim of their brand new PolyTune Clip being the world’s first polyphonic clip-on tuner, I was a more than a little intrigued.
I have the TC Electronic PolyTune poly-chromatic pedal tuner on my board which features a stunning display that lets you see all six strings simultaneously and quickly tune the ones that are sharp or flat. Given that TC already had this technology to hand, I knew it was only a matter of time before they would incorporate that technology into a pocket-sized clip-on tuner.
TC’s easy to read displays and polyphonic functionality always provide tuning stability – literally and metaphorically. Like I say, I’ve always got one somewhere. It’s reassuring to see that same power right at the end of your headstock – the only thing I’d add at this point is swivel functionality. Its swinging joint is fine, but a swivel would better align it to you line of sight. Having said this, TC’s renowned for evolving their product lines quickly and so I would say we can expect to see more refined versions before the start of next year.
The packaging it arrived in is as slick as the tuner itself. Sliding it out of the white, small, simple packing fools you into thinking you got this at an Apple store.
Like the other TC PolyTune models, the Clip will let you strum all six strings and see which are sharp or flat – this will come in handy when you’re on stage and in a panic trying to find the offending string. The PolyTune clip is fast and accurate for both polyphonic and single-string tuning – and the clear display is a delight to behold. It really is a lovely, trendy looking piece of kit – as is most stuff from TC. I’d happily go on record and say that this is the most elegant headstock tuner on the market. Looks aren’t everything though – the PolyTune Clip delivers whether you’re tuning a baritone, an acoustic, and whether you’re dropping to C or up to standard. I tried to catch it out, but I failed. A simple and stunning piece of kit it is, with all of the power you’d get from the TC pedalboard range. Another nice touch with this forward-thinking clip-on is that it features an adaptive readout display meaning that it’ll automatically flip to the proper orientation no matter where you decide to attach the padded clip. Plus, it allows you to commit your favourite tuning mode or pitch to its memory.
If that’s not enough the strobe tuner in PolyTune Clip has a +/- 0.02 cent accuracy while the MonoPoly instantly recognises whether you paly one or more strings with the appropriate poly- or monophonic tuning mode. It really is the holy trinity of tuning: polyphonic – letting you tune all strings at once – chromatic, and strobe tuning modes. It supports flat tunings and has a capo mode, too. Plus you’ll get 18 hours’ usage via a standard coin battery.
There’s no other tuner on the market that does this much for so little cash. The TC PolyTune Clip is so much more than a tuner – it’s a gig bag essential that every guitarist must own.