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what are bypass' and efx loops

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Namaah, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. Namaah


    Dec 21, 2002
    Bronx, NYC
    What are bypass' and efx loops, and how would i use them to clear up my clean (mostly just chorus) sound in my efx chain. Also is it necessary, and how would i set up in my efx chain in order to always have my chorus on???
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Bypass = effect off. Pedals have true, buffered, and non-buffered bypasses. True bypass is usually the best option, because when it's off, it's OFF. Many pedal makers (Boss, DOD, Digitech, etc.) still affect the tone of your bass even when they are off.

    Effect loops = Patch point in between your preamp and power amp. It's usually best to put time based fx (such as chorus, delay, flange, etc.) here, as they tend to overload the preamp if you put them in front of your amp. If you can turn your fx loop on remotely, hook up your chorus in the loop, turn it on, and just turn the loop on and off to get your chorus sound. Viola!

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