The Band Industries Roadie 2 tuner can make any guitarist’s life easier, as it not only knows over 40 tunings, it can also remember presets for your different guitars. The best thing: The price has fallen from EUR 129 to EUR 79. As always, if gone – then gone.
Your own roadie
What guitarist hasn’t dreamed of having their own roadie? Though, only a few enjoy this privilege. The rest of us still have to drag our own gear and tune up ourselves. It would be great if, at the very least, it was easier to tune your countless guitars – especially after winding up fresh strings or when switching to other tunings. And that’s exactly what the Band Industries Roadie 2 Tuner offers.
Band Industries Roadie 2 Tuner
Okay, so what do we have here? The Roadie 2 tuner was introduced in 2017 and is an automatic tuner with a motorized string crank. Basically, this is how it works: You put the device on the tuning pegs, hit the string and the tuning happens automatically. It works on most stringed instrument, including guitars with 6, 7, or 12 strings, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, etc.
In practice, there are still a couple of steps involved, because the Roadie 2 tuner has different working methods depending on the application. For example, you have to let it know if you are winding up new strings, or whether you want to use different tunings, e.g. drop B, DADGAD, Open G, Open D, a half-step down, etc.
The display and selection wheel is easy to use and intuitive. The tuner has over 40 alternative tunings, and you can also add tunings as a preset with the corresponding app.
The tuning accuracy is up to +-2 cents. Factory default tuning is A 440 Hz, and can be adjusted from 420 Hz to 460 Hz, in 1 Hz increments. The Roadie 2 will vibrate to let you know when your string is in tune and up to the correct pitch, completely independent of the noise level of your environment. The device is charged via a USB cable that is included.
Does it work?
Thomann’s product page has a vast range of user reviews – from great enthusiasm to “it doesn’t work at all”. YouTuber Marty Schwarz featured the tuner in one of his videos, which you can check out below. His opinion:
“For the record, I’m not getting paid nor do I have a endorsement for this product. These are my real opinions and this IS the coolest tuner I have ever seen.”
I also reviewed the Roadie 2 for Gearnews when it was first released, which you can read here. I found the Roadie app to be quite useful, as it allows you to store all your favourite and commonly used tunings.
Currently, the Band Industries Roadie 2 tuner has been reduced to only 79 euros, down from EUR 129. If you are interested, you’ll have to act fast, because when it’s gone, it’s gone. The reason for the sale is probably the introduction of the new version 3.
More Information on Roadie 2
Roadie 2 Demo Videos
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- Roadie 2 display and menu: Roadie
- Roadie 2 Tuner: Band Industries