Korg PBAD Pitchblack Advance Tuner Pedal Review (July 2024)


Last updated on July 21, 2024 12:19 am Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Korg PBAD Pitchblack Advance Tuner Pedal, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

As the clear standard in pedal tuners for the guitarist or bassist, the Pitchblack is loved by professionals and amateurs around the world. The Pitchblack Advance is the next-generation model, a further evolution that features an advanced cutting-edge form and many of the functions and technologies developed for previous models of the Pitchblack series. Embracing both the traditional and the revolutionary, it represents the perfect summation of pedal tuners.

Featuring a slanted design that hints at a new age, the Pitchblack Advance retains the toughness that is characteristic of the series, in spite of becoming even lighter in weight. The display features high-brightness color LEDs, nearly doubling the size of the note name display and providing amazing visibility. Whether you’re on a dimly lit stage or outdoors in bright sunlight, this display will always be easy to read.

When using strobe mode, the Pitchblack Advance allows ultra-high-precision tuning with ±0.1 cent accuracy. It’s a great choice for exacting situations where even slight errors cannot be tolerated, such as in professional recordings or stage performances. Choose from four meter display modes to suit your playing style. In addition to the standard “Regular mode,” you can use “Strobe mode” or “Half-strobe mode” in which the direction and speed of meter movement indicate the pitch change for easy visualization of even minute differences, as well as “Mirror mode” in which two LEDs move from left and right to coincide in the center as you tune.

The true bypass design allows the input sound to be output with absolutely no change (when the tuner is off). In other words, the tuner circuit does not change, degrade, or color your sound in any way. Since the input sound is completely muted when the tuner is on, this unit is ideal for use on stage. If a separately sold AC adaptor is used, the DC OUT jack can supply power to another effect unit. Since a dedicated power supply circuit is provided for DC OUT, it can provide stable and noiseless 9V 200 mA power.

The Pitchblack Advance provides a stable playing environment for all players. When using a power supply, for example, noise can be caused by interference between different pedals using the same power supply. The Pitchblack Advance is equipped with a circuit that suppresses sudden changes in current, and also applies software control, thereby completely avoiding the occurrence of such noise. The eight-year journey of the Pitchblack series has brought its high efficiency and long-life design to an even higher pinnacle. With approximately 30 hours on zinc-carbon batteries and approximately 60 hours on alkaline batteries, this new unit achieves an ultra-long-life operation that is six times greater than the Pitchblack. Even on a long tour or an extended recording session, it will continue to fulfill its role as your faithful partner.

Product Features

  • Weight: 257 g
  • Scale: 12 Notes
  • Weight: 257 g
  • Accuracy: +/- 0.1 percent
  • Battery life: approx. 60 hours
  • Dimensions: 68 x 111 x 47 mm
  • Current consumption: 20 mA
  • Detection range: E0 (20.60 Hz) – C8 (4186 Hz)
  • Reference pitch: A4 = 436 – 445 Hz
  • Display: Regular, Strobe, Half-Strobe & Mirror
  • Power supply via 9V battery or 9V power supply unit
  • Connections: Input (6.3 mm jack, mono), Bypass (6.3 mm jack, mono), DC 9 V In, DC 9 V Out

Pros & Cons


  • Strong build quality
  • Affordable
  • Easy to see
  • Battery Power Option
  • Multiple display modes
  • Incredibly trustworthy
  • Worth the price
  • Fast and accurate tuning
  • Fantastic sound output
  • All black limits distraction on stage.
  • Favorable consumer review testimonials


  • Larger size

Korg PBAD Pitchblack Advance Tuner Pedal Demo

Our Verdict

Korg’s Pitchblack design has been tweaked numerous times throughout its eight-year career, most notably in its small and polyphonic editions, but the company believes it has created “the ultimate pedal tuner” with the Pitchblack Advance.

The most significant new feature is a 60-hour battery life using alkaline nine-volt batteries, as well as the ability to restrict power supply interference via “software control.” Intriguing. The slanted form of the pedal improves visibility, which is supported by high-brightness color LEDs that are approximate twice the size of the note name display and are easily visible in all lighting circumstances.

Strobe mode accuracy is +/- 0.1 cents, which is comparable to TC Electronics’ PolyTune, and other meter display modes include standard, half-strobe, and mirror mode. True bypass switching is also included, as is a dedicated low-noise DC out for sharing a 9V power source with other pedals. With this one, Korg may have covered all the bases.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Korg Tuner (PBAD)

as of July 12, 2024 5:01 pm

Pricing History

Price History for Korg Tuner (PBAD)


Current Price $155.80 July 12, 2024
Highest Price $202.97 July 20, 2023
Lowest Price $99.95 October 10, 2023
Since July 20, 2023

Last price changes

$155.80 November 16, 2023
$155.90 October 13, 2023
$99.95 October 10, 2023
$202.97 July 20, 2023

as of July 12, 2024 5:01 pm
Last updated on July 12, 2024 5:01 pm

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Additional information

Item Weight

1.76 ounces

Product Dimensions

3.3 x 6 x 2.4 inches

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1 Lithium ion batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

January 20, 2017

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