Buffered vs True Bypass

Discussion in 'Pedals' started by Mark V Guitars, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    From what I have read over at a pedal electronics site, the issue seems to only effect this model and not other TS types. iirc, It was chalked up to circuit design / layout causing the distorted signal to still be audible even when in bypass mode.
     
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  2. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    This is how I understand it...

    It is just as they are named.. Buffered pedal will strengthen the signal passing through it.. this is useful when you have your input signal weak because of long chain from source (guitar) to the pedal itself. True Bypass has nothing with the signal when the pedal is off BUT when it is on, it sucks a little bit from the signal, so if the input signal is already weak, you will get a very thin sound from the pedal.

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    Buffered pedal will add some gain (changes the tone) to your sound when you use it in a situation where a True Bypass pedal should have been used... A True Bypass pedal will suck from your tone if you use it in a situation where a Buffered pedal should have been used
     

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