Boss is known as a brand for high-quality guitar effects, so before buying I expected this tuner to be as great as all the other Boss products I purchased before.
The chassis of the tuner is made of plastic. This may not be the most robust kind of construction, but this is common for nearly every tuner.
The features of the TU-80 are relatively simple: You can use it both as a tuner and as a metronome. The tuner is not only a guitar tuner, but a chromatic one. So it's not only made for guitar players.
In general, the usage is very simple. There are only a few buttons which are also labelled with their function. While tuning, a needle on the display shows you in how far the tone you are creating fits or does not fit the tone it should be. The best feature of the tuning function is the one that the tuner beeps when the guitar string (for example) you are tuning is tuned correctly.
As to the battery life I can only say that I'm using this tuner for about two years now without chaning the batteries.
As a summary, I would recommend this tuner for every musician, especially for guitar players which don't own big effect units with included tuners. The TU-80 is easy to use and does what he should do!
The Boss TU80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome was recommended by a friend of my fathers who has been playing guitar for forty years. So I was willing to give it a try.
I 'm reasonably happy with the Boss Tu80, it works really well as both tuner and metronome.
I use it for an electro acoustic guitar. It is for for 7 string guitars and 6 string basses.
The microphone is very receptive to my guitar as well.
It is quick to use.
The buttons on the Boss TU80 are all orange colour on the left side is the Power button to switch it on. After the Power button is the tuner button to switch it to Tuner mode. When this is switch on the display showed a needle when I turned the tuning key on my guitar and I played the guitar the needle on the Boss TU-80 screen moved to the centre indicating the right string number and note played for that string.
After the Tuner button is the Metronome button to turn it to metronome mode.
Under the display screen is the sound button then the Select button which is for setting the parameter.
Then there are two buttons for the value which is for the value parameter which decrease or increase each time the respective button is pressed I have not used the value or select yet.
It has an Accu-Pitch function which sounds a beeping sound when tuning is complete.
When I press the orange button for the metronome screen it as 7 rhythms 10 beats to choose and also I could choose a Beat indicator.
this indicated the beat setting which I could set from 0 to 9. On the metronome there is a needle which kept time with the tempo I played.
I could connect my guitar to an Input jack to use the tuner if I chose to are just use it separate..also as a Output.
I like the memory function to store my favourite tuner settings.
It is best to tune in a semi quite room so it doesn't pick up any other sounds like someone playing next to you or TV etc.,
The Boss TU-80 Tuner & Metronome is for 7 string guitars and 6 string basses it uses two AA batteries.
At the time of this review the Price ranges is £ 19.00
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I like to consider myself an average guitarist and over the years I've gotten from a guy who didn't even know what E-A-D-G-B-E meant to tuning purely by ear and I've got this to thank for that.
The boss tuner is a compact tuner and metronome no bigger than a wallet, needs two double A Batteries and is very easy to use simply plug your guitar into it, turn it on and start tuning, its one of the easiest tuners to use and the metronome is extremely helpful for some quiet practice sessions, it also has an output so with an extra lead you can continue playing even with it plugged in.
The interface is very simple, although the microphone may need to take some persuasion if you intend on tuning an acoustic, you can tune both guitar and bass, and the metronome has many different beats the buttons are clearly marked and after around thirty minutes of playing with it you'll get the hang of pretty much everything you can do with it.
Everyone needs to start somewhere and I believe that this is the most reliable and affordable tuner that you could get to start off your Guitar and Bass journey, even Mrs understands how to use it and she cant even tell you what a D string is.
Pricing of this item would be between £10 and £20
I bought the Boss TU-80 after accidentally cracking the LCD screen on my previous Korg tuner. I chose
the Boss TU-80 mainly due to being happy with Boss products I've owned in the past but also because
of the built in metronome.feature which I felt would be useful for practicing and a lot less hassle than
setting up our drum machine for a quick practice.
The Boss TU-80 is a pocket size tuner made of plastic with an LCD screen at 122mm x 21mm x 68mm
it's small enough to keep in your pocket or slip into a gig bag without taking up much room. The LCD screen is clear and easy to read in a brightly lit room but not so good if you find yourself in a poorly lit
gig situation. The tuner is easy to use with 3 yellow buttons at the side to switch on and select
between metronome tuner and 4 yellow buttons along the bottom to set the tuner range or set the tempo and beat on the metronome. One of the good things about this is it uses 2 AA batteries which
are cheap and readily available and should last around 100 hours with normal use.
The tuner is a chromatic tuner which means it can tune to any note which is helpful if you use
alternative tunings or want something that can tune any musical instrument from a ukalele to a
6 string bass. The tuning range is E0 (20.6HZ) to C8 (4184.0 HZ) and the reference pitch has a
range from A4 (435HZ) to 446HZ in 1HZ steps. The tuner claims to be accurate to +1/-1 cent and
to be fair I have found it to be reasonably accurate in most situations.
The LCD screen shows a needle which indicates whether the note you are playing is flat or sharp or
sits in the middle when the note is in tune. There are two LED lights at the top of the tuner which light
up either for flat or sharp or both light up when the note is in tune. The tuner has a reference pitch
and a mic for tuning acoustic instruments and also emits a sound when the string is in tune so you
don't have to look at the screen or the lights. This is helpful when tuning up at dark gigs although
the sound isn't really loud enough and I've found this tuner does struggle if there's a lot of
For any musician the ability to keep time is important you can be the best player in the world but if you can't keep in time with the rest of the band that ability is wasted. Obviously you can't practice with a band all the time so a metronome or drum machine is great for home practice. The metronome feature
on the Boss TU80 has 7 different rhythm patterns including quarter,triplets, 16th and clave and
the tempo can be changed from 30bpm to 250bpm. The rhythm is shown on the screen by the needle
and the tuner emits an electronic beep sound on the beat rather than the usual knock sound from
The tuner has an input and output jack for tuning electric instruments but although this allows the
tuner to be used in line with your instrument and amp it does not allow you to amplify the sound from
the tuner and you can't use it with headphones. This means for me personally the metronome feature
is pretty useless as it isn't loud enough to hear properly and you cannot amplify it or turn the volume
up on the actual unit which is a shame as it has a reasonable amount of beats and a decent tempo range which would make it a handy practice tool.
I paid £20 for this from a local music shop and although I find it is a reasonably accurate tuner I am
disappointed with the metronome feature which was one of my reasons for choosing this over other
tuners at the time. If you arre looking for a tuner this is a good enough buy but if you want it for the metronome feature I would recommend looking elsewhere.
The Boss TU-80 is available from Amazon and online music shops such as GAK.co.uk for £19.
The Boss TU-80 is another of Boss' fantastic tuners!
Since playing guitar I have gone through a huge number of tuners. I used to easily lose them either at gigs or at practices. This is one tuner however that when I did lose I went straight back to the shop to buy exactly the same one!
The tuner itself is small in size making it perfect to fit into cases so whenever you need to travel its never a problem. Mine has travelled with me wherever I have been! The buttons are small but a good size to use and come in a bright orange colour making them easy to notice in dark areas.
I mainly use this for my electric guitar which is very simple to use. Simply plug in my cable between the tuner and the guitar and hit a string. Its very easy to identify when the string is out and what you need to do to tune it exactly. When you do get the correct pitch you hear a noise from the device letting you know.
I've also used this tuner several times with my electro-acoustic and find it just as easy to use. Not only can this tuner tune 6 string electric and acoustic, it also has the ability to tune bass and 7-string guitars making it very versatile.
Not only is this only a tuner however, it is also a metronome. A lot of musicians (mainly guitarists) I find don't seem to see why they would need a metronome at first. This comes clear after trying to practice with them in a band and seeing they have no timing what so ever! The metronome comes in very handy as it is built in. Before this I was always having to take a seperate tuner and metronome to practices! The beep is quite loud so easy to hear whilst playing.
The only disadvantage for this is that it isnt easy to use in venues where there is low light such as gigs. For this I purchased the Boss TU-2 which is a pedal and is easy to read from longer distances on stage.
For £15 however this tuner is definately a reccommendation.
This nifty tuner includes seems to include everything a beginning to intermediate player could want, as well as the basic tuner represented by a swinging dial on the screen, and a light that tells you whether it is too flat or sharp, it also includes a metronome with a variety of beats, input and output sockets and it can produce any note itself. All this comes at a middling price which is reasonable for all it's functions, and it only needs a few buttons, making it easier to work your way around. It also runs of AA batteries, and although I'm not sure about other tuners, any small gadget that does has an immediate plus.
One of the downsides that I've noticed is that there is no low battery light or indicator, and the only way to tell is a very slow and gradual loss of sensitivity and the screen gets duller. This makes it hard to tell whether it's the batteries or tuner that's at fault. Overall an excellent and reasonably priced guitar accessory!
I use this tuner mainly for tuning my electro-acoustic guitar, it is very simple to use and works very well. I have never had any trouble with the tuner picking up the sound of my guitar and you can simple place it on the side and go through playing each string. The little diplay tells you if the string is out with a useful needle say which way you need to tune the string. When it is finally tuned it will sound out a beep to tell you the string is done and in tune, then you simply move onto the necxt untill your are finished. There are to be honest a quite large number of features included with this tuner such as a metronome and ability to change what pitch and tuning you want to adhere to. This for me, was besides the way, and in all honesty I haven't used any of the features apart from the simple tuner itself. So for this use alone it is a worthy gadget and makes life a lot easier and for lazy people like myself lets a machine do what I can't be bothered to do myself. The battery life is also astonishing I have had this tuner for around 3-4 years and it is still on its first set of batteries.