I reviewed what can now be called the HUGE
PolyTune in the March 2010 issue of GP, and
I gave it an Editors’ Pick A ward. A s the first
polyphonic stompbox tuner, this mad genius
of a pedal changed the tuning paradigm by letting
you strum all six strings simultaneously,
and immediately see which strings were sour.
You could also check the tuning of individual
strings, and the PolyTune instantly “knew”
whether you were engaging polyphonic or
chromatic mode. It was simple to use, highly
visible in most lighting situations, and, quite
simply, a badass true-bypass beast.
The PolyTune Mini ($149 retail) delivers
all the glories of the original PolyTune in a size
that can fit into a slim sunglass case. This is
obviously good news for crowded pedalboards.
You can replace a full-size tuner with the Mini,
and perhaps add one more stompbox, or you
can keep the pedal count the same, and simply
enjoy more space between pedals. (Neatness
counts!) The two operational trade-offs for
the shrunken Mini are minor. The LED screen
is smaller, but the LEDs are bright enough to
ensure readability. A nd, as there’s no room
in the tiny casing for a 9-volt battery, power
must be provided by an optional AC adapter
(which can add $5 or more to the package).
The small, but mighty PolyTune Mini is a brilliant
choice for players who embrace downsizing.—
at least as far as gear is concerned.