#1
ok so is there a better way to figure out if a pedal is true bypass? i mean the manual isnt always available.
are there specific brands that are true bypass? or does it just depend on the pedal.
i've heard that MXR and electro-harmonix pedals are but i dont know if that means all of them are or what so. just lookin for some answers.

thanks!
#2
Depends on the pedal. A lot of the newer EHX pedals are and most (maybe even all) MXR pedals are not. You just have to know.

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#3
If you want to test it, plug the pedal in, take out the battery/adapter/whatever you use to power it. If its true bypass you'll still hear the bypassed signal, if not, its a buffered bypass (which isnt necessarily a bad thing)
#6
Quote by littlephil
I stand corrected. It means it has a mechanical switch. Although, not many pedals with mechanical switches would have buffered bypasses, at least that I know of.


very true - i don't know of any off the top of my head.

for the longest time I thought the battery thing was the test though, and it took someone pointing that out to me.

TB is overrated though. a good buffered is just fine. and too many true bypass pedals makes you have to buy a separate buffer anyways lol

#7
I think Crybabys use mechanical switching, they're the only ones I can think of.
And IMO;
Good buffered > True > bad buffered bypass
#8
i still like true bypass. and a good, active circuit around my guitar maybe... preamp in my guitar, or a buffer on the guitar strap?
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#10
like the miller effect in input capacitance of a vacuum tube.
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#11
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+1

that link is good.

basically the only way to know for sure is to check the circuit (or get someone else to do it for you). 3pdt is probably a clue it probably is (as they're expensive), but I'm guessing it's still not a sure thing if a company really wants to gip you.

EDIT: you can have that half-assed bypass on mechanical switch pedals. plenty are guilty, if that stinkfoot link is to be believed.
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