Do Boss pedals have a True bypass ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Modern Growl, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. I was thinking about picking up a couple pedals for the value. My only hesitation is that they are going to suck tone away while they aren't being used. Is there a hard wire bypass on Boss pedals? Is it any good?
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Theyre all buffered bypass :)
  3. Basstyra

    Basstyra Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2005
    CTO @ Two notes Audio Engineering
    It's a no.

    The Boss have an electrical switching, with J-FET transistors. Usually, it's pretty transparent. Maybe with a lot of them you could lost some tone, but with one, I think it's ok.
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    in general terms, yes, but there are some pedals which don't necessarily like buffered signals in front of them. i.e. most fuzz pedals
  5. if they did have true bypass, don't you think they'd be advertising the fact?!
  6. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    They are NOT true bypass. I used to use a couple, and I definitely noticed a difference when I was too lazy to hook them up at gigs . . . my tone improved drastically.

    Decent pedals, though. I'd suggest using them in a loooper to keep them out of your chain until needed.