(MattG | Posted 2010-02-01)
Roland has introduced the new BOSS TU-3 tuner stompbox. The TU-2 was already the most popular tuning pedal among guitarists and bassists and the TU-3 fixed a few of the issues that players have complained about. The first being the LED display. The TU-3 has 21 segment LED display that has a High- Brightness mode. Outdoor gigs have always been a problem with any tuning pedal. The glare from the sun makes it almost impossible to see the display while tuning. The new High-Brightness mode is supposed to cut through the glare. It will take a bit more juice to run the pedal in this mode, but most players donít use batteries anymore anyway.
It has all of the same features of the TU-2, and donít worry, it is still a power supply as well capable of powering several other 9 volt pedals. It adds a few more tuning modes as well. The TU-3 lets the user tune up to 6 half steps flat instead of only 2 from the previous model. You can still choose between chromatic and standard guitar or bass mode. It also has a separate mode for tuning a 7 string guitar. It has an 8 octave range of pitches that it will recognize which is the biggest range of any of the tuning pedals out there. BOSS didnít raise the price on this new model; you can still pick one up for $99. You should begin to see people selling the TU-2 pedals at discount prices soon to make room for the new guy.