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true bypass stompboxes

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Moo, May 31, 2004.


  1. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    So after 20 years of nothing but a chord I got a bug to get an auto wah. Did a bunch of reading and searching old posts and now I have an Ibanez SB7 coming on Tuesday. One thing I couldn't find out is if it's a true bypass, any one know? Also are many stomp boxes made as true bypass these days?

    Thanks.
     
  2. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    I do not know for sure, but I do not think so. True bypass pedals have a chrome button foot switch that sticks up.

    Like this:

    Go to www.fulltone.com then go to product info then go to parts then go to one of the footswitch links.

    From what I think, most, or all, of the pedals with the wide square pivot stomp switchs are not true bypass.

    But lots, most, of the more expensive, hand made pedals are true bypass, and they say so in their ads and on their web pages.

    http://www.dlseffects.com/

    http://www.fulltone.com/index.htm

    http://www.musictoyz.com/guitar/index_gtrpedal.php

    When you get your pedal, put a battery in, switch the effect off, and take the battery out. If you can not get your sound signal to go through the box when there is no battery in it, it is not true bypass.
     
  3. Tecx

    Tecx Radio Rock Leads To Sterility

    Jun 9, 2002
    Halifax, NS, Canada
    No it is not true bypass, otherwise known as hard bypass... All "boss style" pedals use FET switching... Which mearly means that it removed the prossesing from the signal, where hard bypass harwire routes the sgnal from the input directly to the output...

    But the bypass on the SB7 is not bad a all...

    Alex
     
  4. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I'd say most, but here's one that doesn't fit the profile...

    http://www.musictoyz.com/guitar/pedals/maxon9.php