It’s no secret that TC Electronic revolutionized the somewhat sleepy pedaltuner market in 2010 with its original PolyTune Poly-Chromatic Tuner. That sleek and magical machine let you strum all of your strings, and immediately see which ones were sharp or flat. Almost overnight, tuning onstage became quick as the Flash—instantly tanking the silly banter vocalists spewed to kill time during the guitarist’s marathon tuning spells. You still see tons of PolyTunes on pedalboards, but it was only a matter of time until the technology shrunk to headstock size and evolved into the new Poly- Tune Clip ($49 street). The Clip struts its family’s clean black and white lines, and it clutches your headstock in a death grip with a padded, stainless-steel clip. I shook the heck out of my guitar—and even tossed it onto a couch—and the mechanism would not let go.
Tuning is as swift and accurate as ever. The Clip knows when you want to check one string or all six, and adjusts its large, bright display (which spans all of the unit’s 2¼" length) accordingly. Uber-tuning snobs can also call up a Strobe mode with ± 0.02 cent accuracy. The Clip’s flip screen feature let me mount the tuner at the back or front of my headstock for easy viewing.
Kudos It’s a miniaturized tuning revolution! Bright, large display. Fast.