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Vintage vs. Reissue EHX Bass Micro Synth

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Aaron, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I'm curious to what are the primary difference between the vintage models and the reissues. I heard that the older models don't have true-bypass switching which leads to tone-sucking when plugged off - are there any convenient ways to avoid this with the vintage models? Anything different from tone/reliability/build/etc.? Do all of the older ones have a built-in power supply with a power cable protruding?
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Back then, people hadn't heard all the hype about true bypass. Some is still hype, some isn't. A good buffer circuit will do the same thing, just won't work when turned off. I don't recall the vintage Bass MS's being true bypass by any means. However, some swear that the vintage ones sound better, I'd personally take a newer one. Way to avoid this? Either have it modded for true bypass or put it in a loooper.

    Difference in tone? Couldn't tell you, haven't A/B'd them.
    Reliability? There are 30 year old ones floating around, what's that tell ya?
    Build? Same sheet metal box they've always used.

    IIRC only the recent reissues had detachable power supplies.