Do I need a buffer?

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  1. Ilsenhab

    Ilsenhab Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I’m really happy with my tone (as are my bandmates and a lot of positive feedback from audience/other players), but the tone quest never ends does it! Most of my pedals are true bypass, and I leave the buffered DD20 delay on all the time, just scroll through presets as I need them). My concern is that I’ve got a huge board and everything is TB until almost the end… What do you think?

    Here’s my chain:

    Several humbucker and single coiled (stacked) guitars into:
    ->
    G30 Wireless
    Korg Pitchblack
    Vox Wah (TB’d and fasel inductor, hot potz’d)
    BYOC 5 knob comp
    Hardwire Tube Overdrive CM2
    Line 6 M9 (on it's own TB looper)
    Xotic BB MBP
    Catalinbread DLS Mk3
    Xotic EP Booster
    Boss DD-20 (on all the time, 5 presets from light to large)
    Boss GE-7 (solo/clean boost only)
    ->
    Fender HRDLxs or Blues Juniors (Mono and Stereo)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    There's two kinds of dedicated buffers... transparent, and colorful. Try getting a transparent buffer and putting it at the very front of your signal chain, and see if you like what it does.

    Alternately, since ou already have an EP booster (a colored buffer), try moving it to the front of the chain, and leaving it always-on.

    I've used colored buffers for years off and on, more on than off - every time I put one back in my chain, I wonder why I lived without it. It'll be either a Prescription Electronics Germ, or a Giggity, but now I'm looking for something tiny that gives me the same kind of mojo.
     
  3. Ilsenhab

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    Thanks Kludge - I will do that. Something I could even tuck under the pedalboard and just leave on :)

    What about the wireless? I haven't noticed any major difference, other than I can get my tone even slightly brighter with the 'no cable' setting.
     
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    No. Your first clause answered the question for you.
     
  6. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    The wireless is a buffer.
     
  7. VivaVirilium

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    If you're happy with your tone and everyone else is too, why use an additional buffer?
     
  8. billmy67

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    The wireless is a buffer. The issue is the resistant that is created in the long pedal chain. Magnetic pickups are loaded down when the see the resistance. All a buffer does is isolate the pickups from the resistance of the pedal chain. With the wireless, you're pickups are already isolated.
     
  9. crambone

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    I thought the Boss stuff was buffered even if the pedal(s) isn't/aren't engaged?
     
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  11. Gonkboy

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    No, you don't need a buffer.

    But if you're already happy with your tone I have a suggestion for you.
    You send me $100 via penpal and I will perform a ceremony for your tone. It guarantees that your tone will become no worse, and many people feel it improves their tone.

    If you are interested please PM me.
     
  12. coolhandluc

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    Wireless is your front end buffer. Boss pedals are your back end buffer. You're good to go. Don't over think it. Adding a buffer mostly won't help at all.
     

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