Published on January 23rd, 2017 | by Maurits

Is the BOSS TU-3W Buffer / True Bypass Option Worth It?

Have you noticed the latest BOSS TU-3W? If not, it may be because of its new stealthy look. It’s worth checking out though! Besides the new appearance, it gives you full control over it’s bypass. You decide, True Bypass or utilize its buffer?


You know you’ve been around a long time when you still have the trusty TU-2 Chromatic Tuner on your pedalboard. Since it came out in 1998 it has become the standard for pedalboard tuning. Other pedal companies caught on and nowadays there’s quite the variety of pedal tuners out there. In the mean time BOSS discontinued the TU-2 released the successor TU-3.


But hey, it’s 2017 and guitarists aren’t as easily satisfied like they used to. They need more flexibility and that’s what BOSS offered with the stylish black TU-3W Chromatic Tuner which is the first tuner that is part of the WAZA series. It also is the first pedal, in the line of typical BOSS compact pedals, that allows you to switch between true bypass and buffered bypass.

To Buffer or Not to Buffer

If you’re interested in hearing the difference that the buffer makes, then watch our video! It highlights the sound quality with the buffer on and off, through a variety of pedals that are true bypass and over 50ft of guitar cable.

Is the BOSS TU-3W Worth It?

What do you think? Is this feature a handy extra? And what do you think about the buffer itself?
Is it worth the extra $50 or will the TU-3 still do the trick for you? Heck, maybe the black finish on this pedal will just make you want to get one? I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments-section of the video on YouTube and help others decide as well.

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