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If we are being 100% honest, you are probably not that excited about buying a guitar tuner pedal but let me tell you something. Step one of sounding awesome, is to get your gear set up and in tune. A pedal tuner really is one piece of kit you need in your life. "Okay" I hear you say..."so which is the best pedal tuner?" Well if only it were that simple. There are a whole host of pedals available...but here we’re going to talk about the 3 guitar tuner pedals widely regarded as the best around.

 


Boss TU-3 Compact Chromatic Tuner


The Boss TU-3 tuner can be seen on stages everywhere. Boss are widely known for having legendary stomp pedal quality and is certainly built to last. Housed in a tank-tough stompbox body, the TU-3 has a bright LED meter that really does well against glare, even outdoors.


On really nice feature is the Accu-Pitch Sign function which provides a nice virtual “thumbs up” when tuning is done.

 


TC Electronic Polytune


A successor to the extremely popular original Polytune, The TC Electronic Polytune Mini has a great advantage of being one of the smallest pedal tuners on the market so you can be sure it’s going to fit on even the most cramped pedalboard. The top reason of using a polyphonic tuner like the TC Mini is that it allows you to strum all 6 strings and instantly see which is out of tune. Though the pedal is tiny, it does have the drawback of being unable to be battery powered due to its compact size.

 


Korg Pitchblack Chromatic


The Korg Pitchblack chromatic pedal tuner, with large LED display, is my personal tuner of choice and a must-have item for the serious guitarist or bassist. The combination of high precision tuning, excellent display and advanced functionality make it an easy choice for me. Featuring a tough aluminium die cast body, you know this pedal was built to last. Another great feature is the tuning guide that indicates whether your instrument is sharp or flat so you are always able to tune quickly and accurately on stage.


Whichever pedal tuner you choose has to be the right fit for you and your style. Check out the tuners above and let us know your thoughts.

 

Launched back in 2009, the Meridian series supercedes two previous Mapex ranges, the Pro M and M Birch. This has lead Mapex to offer the Meridian series as a selection of all-maple and all-birch drum kits.

 

To show that the new Meridian range of kits is more than just re-badging old drums, Mapex have added a load of new features.

 

Though neither kits are especially expensive, there is a sizeable difference between the cheaper to manufacture birch and the maple model, which recently won the MIPA award for Best Acoustic Drum Kit. 

The Mapex Meridian Birch Drum Kit has a slightly different feeling and response to the maple version, but is no less playable offering users plenty of attack and a remarkably bright tone.

 

The Birch Mapex Meridian drum kit gives players light-weight appointments compared to bulkier alternatives. From lugs to their tom mounting system, Mapex has looked at everything on this drum kit to ensure that the Meridian models are lighter, easier to set up, and better to gig with than other acoustic drum sets in the market.

 

The drum shells feature Mapex’s I.T.S. Mounting System in another weight saving process. By mounting to the lug casings, Mepex have kept the mount compact to enhance overall drum response allowing for minimal drum shell contact. The mounting also allows you to swap the drumheads while the tom is still attached to it's holder allowing a much easier setup while touring.

 

To keep the price down the heads on the Mapex Remo Asia’s see-through UT heads which are generally felt to be OK but not as resilient as the made-in-USA versions, but if you promise to look after the Unicorn heads they will last a pretty long time regardless of playing style.

Despite examples of cost cutting, the Mapex is remarkably well built. An example of this is the 700 bass pedal, which truely is a no-nonsense rugged unit with a normal sized duo footboard with a toe stop, twin spurs, and a three surfaced beater. Quite simply...it gets the job done. 

 

If you are in the market for a mid-ranged acoustic drum kit, that sounds great, offers a bright tone and is rugged enough to be able to travel with, you have to check out the Mapex Meridian Birch model, a great set for the intermediate player.


For a long time, if you wanted to get the sound of an authentic tone-wheel organ, the Korg CX-3, introduced in 2000, was the way to go. The CX-3 single manual combo, re-created so well the classic sound that many had demanded, that many were calling for a dual-manual. Enter the BX-3. The dual-manual BX-3 is the bigger brother of Korg's CX-3 digitally modelled combo organ and has become a firm favourite for many musicians.


 
Don’t let it’s old and 'vintage' styling confuse you, everything about the KORG BX3 is digital, with a handy set of computer programs that emulates a tonewheel sound generator, and other programs to recreate the numerous effects that are vital to the original Hammond sound.



This organ successfully emulates many different Hammond setups sounding and playing in a superior fashion to ALL of the competition, including the current crop of Hammond-Suzuki and Diversi models. There is a long list of extensive and expensive arsenal of synthesisers and digital pianos, but the BX-3 stands out as it’s is all you really need in an organ. It doesn't require anything beyond a pair of 1/4" cables, a few pedals for volume and the Leslie effects.



The dependability of a KORG is known the world over and many musicians gig with a BX-3 without a back-up due to their complete confidence in the reliability of KORG manufactured instruments. In the event that you would ever need to contact the manufacturer, KORG has a sterling reputation for offering their customers great assistance with any issues.



Very focused instrument that has been implemented thoroughly with no frills and no clutter, yet provides everything you need in an organ. Okay so maybe if you are not organist, then you may look for something a bit more universal as an instrument. But if you are, the BX-3 is perfectly versatile.



Quite simply, if you want a quality B3 presence, sound and style when gigging, and want to spend less than a small car, then the Korg's BX-3 is definitely the way to go.

 

Line 6 has a habit for getting it right and with the M13, it seems they’ve done it again.


The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler has the heart of a multi effect pedal and the brute force of a rack. It contains an impressive collection of effects combined with rock-solid construction, and a great brand to boot.


The all-metal construction means that the Line 6 M13 multi effects pedal is built tough to ensure it survives any on-stage abuse and comes with over 100 distortions, reverbs, delays, and even offers access to some of history's most celebrated stompbox sounds all from one pedal.

Integrated into this one board, the M13 boasts every effects pedal Line 6 offers like a gigantic pedal board stuffed into a convenient, easy-to-use stage ready box. This means the effects can then be used individually, or placed into pedal board "scenes," which can be created for each of your live performances. This is a dream come true for any live musicians as you can set up your whole show on a menu controlled with one button.


The M13 was obviously designed by players, not some office bound schmooze. Some parts of the unit are pretty straightforward but I’d definitely recommend downloading the advanced, as some of the more complex stuff the M13 can do needs a little light reading first.

The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler is really the first of its kind. The effects sound clear and precise, and the extra features make this box a must have for any musician, in fact, I’d go as far to say that you're going to be seeing a lot of musicians adding the Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler to their rigs.

Overall, if you’re looking for an all in one pedalboard that’s built well, sutable for touring, has impressive looping attributes and extreme versatility, you’re looking for the Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi Effects Pedal.

 

 

Joey Kramer, one of the most famous drummers of all time, has been drumming with Aerosmith for over 40 years. His reward? His very own signature Ludwig Joey Kramer Model snare.

 

A limited production, the Joey Kramer snare is very similar to the Corey Miller signature model and Ludwig's other new snare, The Brick. With nylon washers under the tension rods, it features almost exactly the same conventional throw-off. The main difference between the models, to me anyway, is that each Joey Kramer drum is hand-signed by Joey himself on an internal paper slip.

 

The black nickel over 1.5mm gauge brass shell looks impressive with impeccably engraved Asian style dragons lacing the sides. The dragons are encased by 5mm die-cast hoops and 10 black nickel-plated brass tube lugs.

 

Despite their similarities the  Joey Kramer's brass shell drum is much heavier than Corey Miller's steel counterpart, and plays with a deep, dark fundamental. One potential stick-splitting danger is the die-cast hoops, but if you are careful, they are worth having as they really enfold sound really well, making the Joey Kramer snare loud but less unruly than the steel Corey Miller. It has a fat and warm tone making it sound exceptionally refined, and is capable of a wide tuning and dynamic range.

 

Now before you rush out and buy this fantastic snare, I’m afraid there is a bit of a drawback. Firstly, I was a little disappointed that Ludwig didn’t put their name anywhere on the Joey Kramer signature. It’s not a big deal but it would of been the icing on the cake to have a superior brand listed on a superior product.

 

The second and more financially damaging drawback is the price. At the time of writing, Ludwig are shipping these bad boys out at about £700. That’s a full £250 more than the Corey Miller model. Although it is probably worth every penny, this is definitely one for hardcore drummers, leaving the amateurs in their dust...unless of course, they can find it cheap on Instrumania.

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