#1
Hey, what exactly is true bypass?
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#2
When a pedal is off, the signal goes through a little wire to the output jack instead of through the circuitry. Don't let it make or break a pedal for you.
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#3
I'm guessing true bypass is a good thing or?
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#4
In certain contexts, yes. It's always nice to have but like I said, don't let it influence your decisions too much.
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#5
it is a good thing if u like ur original tone when it doesnt go through the pedal.
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#6
True by pass is good, but you should always have a buffered bypass pedal at the beginning of your chain to prevent your signal from degrading.
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^This. Think of it this way; true bypass means the signal is not altered by the pedal when it is off. Well, cables and wires naturally lose some signal just because of their length, so the 'original' signal that TB passes through really isn't the true original signal from your guitar; its been degraded. So to combat this, some pedals have 'buffers' that beef up the signal a bit to compensate for the loss in the cables. Too many of these buffers, or bad buffers alter the signal too much, however, so you have to find a happy medium.

All TB = Tone loss do to cable lengths.
All buffered = Overly processed signal, that is a degraded version of the true signal.

My board has one buffer, and the rest are TB.

Edit: It wouldn't matter where your buffer is in the chain if all your other pedals are TB, because they aren't in the signal path anyway.
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^This. Think of it this way; true bypass means the signal is not altered by the pedal when it is off. Well, cables and wires naturally lose some signal just because of their length, so the 'original' signal that TB passes through really isn't the true original signal from your guitar; its been degraded. So to combat this, some pedals have 'buffers' that beef up the signal a bit to compensate for the loss in the cables. Too many of these buffers, or bad buffers alter the signal too much, however, so you have to find a happy medium.

All TB = Tone loss do to cable lengths.
All buffered = Overly processed signal, that is a degraded version of the true signal.

My board has one buffer, and the rest are TB.

Edit: It wouldn't matter where your buffer is in the chain if all your other pedals are TB, because they aren't in the signal path anyway.


pretty much.

the other thing is, a lot of the buffers in mainstream pedals aren't that great. if all your pedals are true bypass, at least you don't have any poor buffers which are doing more harm than good, and then you could always get a good-quality, standalone buffer which you know sounds good.

if you have any pedals which you leave on all the time, you probably won't need a buffer, either.
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