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TU-3 Buffer vs designated buffer pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 400thecat, Dec 5, 2018.


  1. 400thecat

    400thecat

    Sep 18, 2018
    I've had a Boss TU-2 for as long as I've had a pedalboard but as my board has grown in number of true bypass pedals I've become more interested in its quality as a buffer. How does Boss's buffer compare to a standalone buffer pedal such as the JHS Little Black Buffer or an Empress Buffer? Would it be a noticeable shift for the better to switch to a true bypass polytune but add one of these into the mix or does the Boss buffer hold its own?

    Thank you!
     
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  2. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    This has always been something I was curious about as well.
     
  3. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
    I think on bass with not too long a cable, I can't tell if a buffer is on or off, and you are asking between differences to buffers. Wish I had such golden ears :)
     
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  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    You don't need long cables to appreciate the effect of a buffer. All you need is a gain based pedal like a fuzz for example in your chain. A buffer will allow consistent tone whatever other pedal comes before or after.
     
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  5. Boss buffers have always been okay but you might get better performance from a stand alone current tech buffer. I know when i switched to an [sfx]microThumpinator it was a vast improvement.
     
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  6. 400thecat

    400thecat

    Sep 18, 2018
    Thanks for the input! I'm about to add a true bypass fuzz to my board so I'll see if this affects anything. If so, think will give adding a JHS buffer to the end of my chain while keeping the TU-3 in front a try
     
  7. 400thecat

    400thecat

    Sep 18, 2018
    I don't have golden ears myself and that's why I'm consulting here ;)
     
  8. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
    It's on my board too :)
     
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  9. Not all buffers are really equal either. Whether they use an IC or a JFET, etc, what their output impedance is...

    I like AMZ's buffer PCB. A bit pricey, but very versatile. Can use a JFET or an opamp, it's small, and can suit a number of different needs. If you don't need a super low output impedance because you're using a fuzz pedal, for example, AMZ's buffer can do that. JHS's buffer is decent.

    You can also use a boost pedal and achieve the same thing. Boosts add gain, while buffers are unity-gain, but they work in similar ways.
     

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