#1
Hi guys, I'm wondering if it's normal to have a noticeable loss in tone with you placing any one, single effect between your guitar and your amp.

I use a Gibson Les Paul Studio or a Fender Custom Shop strat into a Genz Benz Black Pearl. I use Fulltone cables. I LOVE the "direct" sound into the amp. As soon as I put anything in front though, I can tell a treble loss. Now maybe it's just "in my head," but this is after numerous before/after tests, sitting and standing at various places in and around my amp in the studio. I've tried running Fulltone cables of 15' lengths and 10' lengths - same result every single time.

Here are my pedals: Fulltone Clyde, Korg Pitchblack tuner, Way Huge Aqua-Puss, Fulltone OCD. All are true-bypass, so this is weirdness. Also, the loss occurs if I plug in any ONE pedal; it's actually not noticeably worse the more pedals I patch in, but upon patching in just ONE pedal I'm hearing a drop in either the high or mid range.

It's not a terrible tone suck - I could live with it and have lived with it. But since I "know" it's there, it messes with me. LOL Has anyone else experienced something like this, and can anyone tell me if there might be "an easy fix" like adding a buffer or something?

Thanks,

Chris
#5
The extra 3" of wire thats added by a single truebypass pedal IMO, isnt enough to cause any noticable tone loss.

But if your running an overall cable length of 25' that probably is.

Try a shorter cable from amp to pedal. Try just actually running a patch cable from the amp and stick the pedal on the amp itself.
#6
Honestly, you're probably fooling yourself. The audio placebo effect is much stronger than most people realize.

But if there is a real effect, it's due to capacitance in the cables you're using, or in the switches since those pedals don't have line buffers that could be the problem. Either way, it's a TINY effect unless the cable runs are extremely long. Just turn up the treble on your amp 0.1 and realize that cork sniffing is unbecoming of a musician.
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#8
Why not try putting a cheap boss pedal in front and see if that helps? Their buffers are pretty good.
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