"It’s built to a very high standard, and will no doubt last a long time on anyone’s board": Korg Pitchblack X review

Accurate, clear and easy to read, and affordable – is this the tuner pedal you need on your pedalboard?

Korg Pitchblack X review
(Image: © Korg)

Guitar World Verdict

Boasting four display options, a big and easy to read screen, two brightness settings, +/- 0.1 cent accuracy range and a buffered/true bypass switch, the Korg Pitchblack X has it all.


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    Big display

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    Two brightness options

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    Easy to read

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    Choose between true bypass or ‘ultra buffer’


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    You might want something polyphonic

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The Korg Pitchblack X is a tuner pedal aimed at guitarists, but it will likely work with a few different instruments. It’s a pretty standard pedal size, though smaller versions are available should you want something that takes up less pedalboard real estate. 

The first thing to note upon unboxing is how sturdy it feels. The aluminium casing feels great – solid, well built and like you wouldn’t mind stomping on it night after night. It’s even finished in a scratch-resistant coating. The jack connections are located on the side, and the power is on the top – it’s not really a pro or a con, but it’s definitely worth considering when you’re building your pedalboard. 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.