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80-90s DOD pedals,tone suckers?

6Tones

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How is the bypass signal on the older DOD pedals? Do they have decent buffers?
Looking into a Icebox chorus ..
 

vanguard

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I normally don't give two ***** about bypass. Most of it is OCD BS. I had an old DOD analog delay for a minute, however, and that pedal had the absolute worst bypass I've ever experienced. it had a great delay sound, MN3005 chip and all, but the base tone, and the bypassed tone were so dark and muffled it was like I had rolled my tone knob all the way off. Ridiculous pedal, as a result.
 

mjl9787

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I normally don't give two ***** about bypass. Most of it is OCD BS. I had an old DOD analog delay for a minute, however, and that pedal had the absolute worst bypass I've ever experienced. it had a great delay sound, MN3005 chip and all, but the base tone, and the bypassed tone were so dark and muffled it was like I had rolled my tone knob all the way off. Ridiculous pedal, as a result.
I've had several of the fx series. The bypass isn't bad on those but I had a couple that were noisy even with the effect disengaged. If you get a quiet one, run it in a loop or after a good buffer and you should be fine.
 

yucatown

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I've had several of the fx series. The bypass isn't bad on those but I had a couple that were noisy even with the effect disengaged. If you get a quiet one, run it in a loop or after a good buffer and you should be fine.
That's the key. I'm a fan of several of the FX series pedals. Cheap, yet effective and useable.
 

HayekFan

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I've got an old FX60 chorus (early '80s) whose bypassed sound is really good -- quiet and uncolored. My even older grey Phasor 201 (late '70s?) has a slight volume loss and loss of high end. This is a limited sample but I'm going to guess that by the '80s DOD had gotten their buffers pretty much right.
 

BootRoots

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I've yet to have anyone at a gig tell me my tone was too colored by a disengaged pedal. The crapy switches were the weak spot on these but I still love my fx80b comp and have it on my board.
 

Psychotronic

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I have an old DOD Bi-FET Preamp in my loop as a solo boost. Sounds awesome, and the bypass is fine. The switch is the weak link, though, and I think will go sooner rather than later.
 

k tone

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The crapy switches were the weak spot on these
They are very cheap and easy to change though. I bought 10 of these momentary switches off of ebay for $2 w/ free shipping. The new ones had a nice audible "click" to them as well.
 

ufo~

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I do recall my FX65 Stereo Chorus was a bit of a tone sucker when off. But mostly when the battery started to get weak. Which was often, so, yeah. I think most of those mid-late 80s DOD pedals were that way. I had an Octoplus for a while and it did not agree with my tone either.
 






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