#1
My friend bought an A/B/Y switch from Guitar Center for like 40USD, and I told him that he was going to invest the time to use two amps live, that he should actually spend some money on a quality pedal that won't suck his tone.

I don't know what pedal he got, but it's most likely a Boss pedal and I would bet 40 bucks that it doesn't have true bypass, yet alone a buffer. Would this not suck your tone big time?

My friend said, "Nah dude. The Guitar Center guy told me it won't suck your tone", but I don't think he knows how GC employees operate.

So, would it suck your tone massively?
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#3
it's probably a Morley...but they really don't suck tone too badly..i've used one
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#5
just cause its cheap doesnt mean it will suck your tone. i mean sure, it might, but it really depends on what it is. the boss aby pedal is more than $40, so its probably not that. dont actually see anything on their website that is aby and under $50 actually. however if he got it this weekend (big sale) he may have gotten a deal on something and it could be nice. without knowing what it is, i cant say its bad just because of the price.
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boss pedals suck...period

do you have any idea what you are talking about? like, really?
#6
He should have got a passive A/B box instead. No battery or adapter required. No signal loss either. Something like the EH Nano Switchblade or a SignalFlex unit like I bought for $24.
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Bypass will be fine. The issue would be potential hum coming from the bypassed and unused amp.

If he got himself a hum debugger would that take care of it?

Also. He's trying to wire one cabinet into essentially two 2x12's housed in one cab. Which I said is possible but he doesn't have enough electrical experience. What does anyone think about that?
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#8
It's actually easy. Just needs to look up a diagram, if he doesn't know what he's doing.

As for the hum debugger...Maybe. I'm unsure of how effective they are.

The problem is that the unused amp input isn't being grounded. Fulltone.com has a great free diagram on how to wire a proper AB box.

The Switchblade CAN have the same problems. The hum isn't always the case. Clearly, you don't have the problem?
#9
Quote by Xhale1
boss pedals suck...period



have you play the black label one?

i dont think so
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#10
Vague thread is immensly vague...

Since we don't know what pedal we're dealing with here there's not really much I can tell you. Just try it and if it gives hum or anything else undesirable take it back and then tell him to build his own. I built a working one with no prior electrical or soldering experience so it's really not that hard.
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Vague thread is immensly vague...

Since we don't know what pedal we're dealing with here there's not really much I can tell you. Just try it and if it gives hum or anything else undesirable take it back and then tell him to build his own. I built a working one with no prior electrical or soldering experience so it's really not that hard.


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