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Hi i was just wondering if the boss od-3 is a true bypass pedal? Just because i'm trying to build my pedal board and only buy true bypass so it doesn't effect my tone.

Any help appriciated thx
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No, the OD-3 is not true bypass.
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are any boss pedal true bypas cause i really like boss pedals
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Quote by Van Noord
No, the OD-3 is not true bypass.


+1

And TS just an fyi a all true bypass setup is not the end all be all.. Especially when signal length comes into play..
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ok thx
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Quote by IbanezPsycho
+1

And TS just an fyi a all true bypass setup is not the end all be all.. Especially when signal length comes into play..

Length of signal chain, proximity between audio/power cables, and insulation of the wires used all are a factor, not just 3PDT.
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No, Boss pedals are normally buffered, not true bypass. This means that they basically boost the signal to combat any tone loss, and to my ears, i cant hear any tone sucking from a Boss pedal. In fact, if you have a reasonably long effects chain, having a buffer in your chain can help tone - if all the pedals are true bypass the chain become likes one massively long lead, which can hurt your tone. So a buffered pedal like a boss one may not be a bad thing.
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#9
Quote by Locked_Deadbolt
The TU-2 is, but it's a tuner, not an effect.

no, that one's not true bypass either. but it has a better buffer than the other boss pedals. it's the fact that it's not true bypass which makes it so popular, since you can have it on stage in front of you, and run a long cable from it to the rest of your rig, and the buffer helps compensate for the signal loss in the cable.
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Quote by Morello is god
are any boss pedal true bypas cause i really like boss pedals


Have you looked at any other brand than Boss?
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Quote by Darkflame
to my knowledge, no boss pedal is true bypass, they all have bad buffer
to my knowledge, every boss pedal i tried is very bad, except for the RC-2 and the tuner. you can always do better.

you haven't tried the ps-3, dc-2, hm-2, dm-2 etc
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if you've limited yourself to just boss/roland, you'll probably never have that good of a sound.


venture out into other pedal brands, you can get better.
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you haven't tried the ps-3, dc-2, hm-2, dm-2 etc


Or the FT-2, CE-1, RV-3, DD-20...
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BOSS pedals aren't that great. Look into MXR and you won't be sorry.

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^How about, don't limit yourself to one brand?

Although I am a bit partial to EHX

I guess the point is, yeah it's cool to have a favorite brand of pedals, but don't stick to the same brand for all pedals. Every brand has things they do well, and things they don't.
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Or the FT-2, CE-1, RV-3, DD-20...


i did try the rv-3 and the ce-1, as well as the ce-2, and i didn't like any of them, they all sounded really fake to me
i also did try the ps-3 [favorite game was final fantasy (cwatididthar)] and the hm-2
i tried a lot of pedals really, and i've never found a boss one i liked, i did enjoy my RC-2 though, and i bought it, but it was also because it was one of the cheapest ones and that i had a limited budget for a looper since it wasn't my main type of pedal.
however, i can hear the amount of tone it sucks when it's turned off, it's quite impressive, i didn't expect it to suck that much lol.

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