true bypass Boss

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JensCambre, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. JensCambre


    Feb 3, 2014
    What is the easiest/cheapest way to make my Boss odb-3 true bypass?
  2. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Easiest is most probably going to be a true bypass box/ loop
  3. Why would you want to?

    Easiest way (that isn't adding a TB looper), swap it for a TB pedal. There are tons that sound better!

  4. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    There is no "easy" way .... & why would you? It doesn't need it ... waste of time & money.
  5. JensCambre


    Feb 3, 2014
    It does need it... whenever i put the pedal into the pedalchain, i can hear the difference in tone when it's bypassed.
  6. what type of difference?

    sometimes an electrical problem can be the cause of what sounds like really bad bypass. i'd look into that, power supplies, ext, make sure its all working.

    boss pedals are not true bypass, but their bypass is perfectly acceptable.

    what i've done for years and will always do is run my entire signal through one master on/off bypass loop. for several reasons, obviously 1. that is the best bypass you can have, is your signal only going through one true bypass switch. 2. i can set up sounds with 3-4 pedals at a time and switch them all on/off at once, and the most important and most overlooked- 3. with all those pedals, power connections, patch cables, things come unplugged during performances! having one master bypass is a great backup incase things go wrong- this has saved me many times, especially in my bar-gig days where the board would get knocked around a bit more during sets, between sets, ext.

    anyway, if it turns out that your power supply is okay and the pedal isin't broken, i'd agree with the others- sell it and find something that is true bypass. the dirt/overdrive market is a very big one, with new pedals constantly coming out.

    good luck,

  7. JensCambre


    Feb 3, 2014
    Well, the sound just loses all power... waybe i should try what you do
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If the sound "loses all power", then the pedal is defective and needs repair. People don't always like Boss's bypass, but when it is working normally there is no "losing all power".
  9. JensCambre


    Feb 3, 2014
    i've had this pedal for about 10 years and it's always been this way. I just assumed that the loss of power in the sound was due to bad bypassing.
  10. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
    I would agree there is somethting wrong with the bypass part of the circuit. Lots of pedals which don't use true bypass isolate whatever is plugged into the circuit using what are called buffers. These stop external circuitry (like the pickups) from changing how the circuit works as well as stopping the workings of the pedal from affecting things outside it.
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Sell it and get a better pedal?
  12. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    I'm a pretty obsessive 'signal snob' & the Boss buffer is really good! I get to listen to this stuff in pro studio environments on amazing monitors & I can't really detect a tonal difference until there are 4 or more of them in a chain. I'm guessing the pedal is defective, underpowered or some other issue.
  13. JensCambre


    Feb 3, 2014
    I'm pretty sure it's defective then. So i'm guessing i'm gonna need to spend some money...