#1
I've read on these forums someone say having all true bypass is bad, is this correct? I love true bypass pedals because when its not on they don't suck tone, but is it bad to have say 6 pedals on your board all true bypass?
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#2
I fail to see why it would be a bad thing...
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#3
As you said, you love true bypass pedals. If you don't think that it is a bad thing then its not, art is subjective.
If you are asking for other peoples opinions then mine would be no, I don't think that having 6 true bypass pedals is a bad thing. I have a few on my board, and right now I'm happy with my set up.
#4
If you have a long chain of true bypass pedals, it WILL suck your high end due to the capacitance of the long cable. A pedal with a good buffer is better than a true bypass pedal.

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#5
If you use passive pickups, it probably a good idea to have a decent buffered pedal in a long chain else you might end up with a weak signal by the time it hit's your amp - and that's tone suck-age.

It's not that true bypass is better. If a buffered pedal sucks tone... well it just sucks. There are true bypass pedals that suck too. You shouldn't get hung up on "true bypass", just get decent pedals.
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#6
it depends,
if you only have short cables then no
if you have 25 feet of cable between your guitar and pedals and another 25 feet between your pedal and amp then then having all your pedals with true bypass can be a bad thing when they are all off and you have 50 feet of cable killing your tone
if you have at least one pedal on all the time then you're ok
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#7
I'd say if you've got a long run of cable from the end of your board to the amp, or if you have any more than 5 pedals, you're probably going to want a buffer at the front of your board.

It's really about cable length. I'd try not to have any more than 30 feet worth of unbuffered cable.
#8
^Thanks. I'm only using short cables in between pedals, like short as I can make them so they fit nice. That cleared it up for me, thanks guys.
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#9
May i ask a question in your topic? haha


I use wireless, so I dont need a buffer in the first pedal right? As the cable from the receiver to the guitar has like 20cm...


But the cable that goes to the amp has 5m, do I need a buffer?

I have 4 tbp pedals...
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^ It's the signal strength that matters really. Your wireless system most likely boosts the signal to a level that wont be problem going through to your amp.
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this is why i like to hype up the boss tu-2. slap it at the beginning of your totally TB chain and you get a buffer (and one that's far better than the usual boss stuff)

Agreed fully. People make far too much fuss about true bypass pedals.

Hell, Joe Bonamasa (who has some of the nicest guitar tone in the business) says:

"Its a stock Vox Wah.. I like having the non- true bypass switch.. I like the high end subtraction."


If you honestly hear a good buffered pedal and go 'god, that's really sucking my tone', you're either overly pedantic, or have just had your ears syringed.
#13
if you like your current pedals you could just buy a standalone buffer. that'd make the most sense.

try your amp with your cable straight in, and then through all the pedals. if you hear a difference (and you don't like the difference, of course!), then get a buffer.
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