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Buffered pedals on my board

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Tuto103, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Tuto103

    Tuto103 Tele-Meister

    316
    Nov 9, 2011
    Long Island
    This is my board:

    Dunlop crybaby original
    Visual sounds Jekyll and Hyde
    Danelectro fab chorus
    Danelectro tuna melt tremolo
    Boss dd-20

    Which if any of my pedals are true bypass or buffered??
     

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  2. mitch_m

    mitch_m Tele-Holic

    679
    May 25, 2011
    San Antonio, Texas
    The fastest way to figure out if a pedal is true bypass is to switch it off (bypass it) and unplug it's power supply. If it still passes your guitar signal through it, then it is true bypass.

    Now you can always know for sure if a pedal is true bypass!
     
  3. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    I think everything on your board is buffered except for the Wah. That said, the wah has a terrible buffer and you may want to run a buffer in front of it so that it doesn't clamp your signal down in bypass.
     
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  5. Tuto103

    Tuto103 Tele-Meister

    316
    Nov 9, 2011
    Long Island
    What do you mean by running a buffer in front of it?
     
  6. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    If you put a buffered pedal (like a Boss Tuner) in front of the wah, it will solve the problem of the wah clamping down on the signal.
     
  7. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    This is not true. There are other bypass schemes that will still pass the signal through an unpowered signal which are still not "real" true bypass.

    Also, to refer back to the OP's question, just because a pedal is not true bypass, doesn't mean it's buffered, either.
     
  8. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Millennium bypass? I would regard that as a true bypass scheme. What else is there?
     
  9. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    I don't recall if there were other versions besides Millennium bypass that acted this way. I read a good article about it a year or two ago that did a good job of describing and contrasting the various bypass schemes.

    As far as this article was concerned, they did not consider Millennium to be "real" true bypass, although I know that some people prefer it.
     
  10. chesire

    chesire Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 17, 2010
    The Ol' Pueblo
    The only one that might be true bypass is the Jekyll and Hyde, and I'm pretty sure its not. All the others are definite buffers.
     
  11. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    I think the J&H is buffered... in fact VS is known for their pretty solid buffer and you can buy it as a standalone now.
     
  12. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 17, 2012
    Seattle
    Who cares, as long as it sounds good to you!
     
  13. czech-one-2

    czech-one-2 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2008
    Prague
    Yeah, the old MXR pedals [70's] pass the signal when 'off' with no battery connected, but they certainly arent true bypass.
    But its really not all that important, nobody can tell your buffered from your true bypass pedals or that your high end is slightly attenuated at a gig.:rolleyes:
    My guitar has EMG's so tone sucking,impedance,true bypass v buffered etc is a non issue...but thats not why I use em.They sound great too me.
     
  14. honeycreek

    honeycreek Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 16, 2009
    OH
    I often add a Visual Sound pedal in my chain even if I'm not going to use it. It often makes a notable improvement in the bypassed sound especially if I have a bunch of true bypass pedals hooked up.
     
  15. Dr. Pants

    Dr. Pants Banned

    Jun 27, 2011
    HERE
    VS and the Boss are the only buffered pedals on the OP's board.
     
  16. ChipOnly

    ChipOnly Tele-Holic

    580
    Jul 7, 2009
    Champaign, IL
    Don't know what that wah is, but the rest are buffered.
     
  17. chesire

    chesire Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 17, 2010
    The Ol' Pueblo
    The Dano's are TB?
     
  18. Dr. Pants

    Dr. Pants Banned

    Jun 27, 2011
    HERE
    Having examined them from the inside, they appear to be.
    I may have not looked carefully enough. 11Gauge would be
    able to confirm or deny this.
     
  19. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    I'm pretty sure the yellow Dano isn't. Don't know about the FAB series, but the old "food" series wasn't, as far as I know.
     
  20. tjalla

    tjalla Friend of Leo's

    Tuna melt and DD20 definitely buffered.
     
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