Looking for an A-B-Y pedal

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  1. Figaro

    Figaro Supporting Member

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    What A-B-Y pedal do you recommend? I want one with LEDs. Thanks!
     
  2. stevel

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    What are you using it for? I used to use an A/B/Y for switching channels (just disconnected the Y button as I didn't want to accidentally step on it) on a Fender amp (well, switching inputs).

    I had to go through a bunch though to find one that didn't pop loudly when switching. I ended up with a Whirlwind:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Selector

    I worked in a music store at the time and tried a bunch, and this was the only one that didn't pop.

    Steve
     
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    If you're going to use it to switch between two amps, buying a buffered/isolated unit will save you all sorts of potential future headaches. The Radial Twin City ABY is buffered and isolated, with a phase switch to make sure both amps are in phase. For switching amps, that's what I'd recommend.
     
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    +1 on the Radial Twin City. The Whirlwind was where I started years ago, but it couldn't help with ground loop issues or phase inversion. Twin City has been a problem solver as well as a great ABY.

    The other ones I've had are the BigShot ABY (passive, no LEDs, but a great pedal none-the-less if you don't need a Y signal .. actives are better for Y), a MIDI capable unit by SoundSculpture called ABCadabra (never a problem, an option if you have a MIDI controlled rig) and a custom made jobby on one of those hobbyist bypass loopers (I would not recommend).
     
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    The Whirlwind kills your tone. Go with the Radial.
     
  6. Figaro

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    The Radial Twin City looks like the best but I also saw the Radial Big Shot. It's $70 less but it doesn't have LEDs.
     
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    Use the sesrch tool. There are a gazillion threads on this topic.
     
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    My Loopmaster ABY gets the job done.
     
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    I mentioned that one. IF you can live without LEDs and IF you are not so much interested in Y config, it is an awesome box (nothing wrong with its Y config mode, that's just the nature of a passive switcher). Even though I have the Twin City, I've kept it and it has come in very handy. In the studio, to throw together an ad-hoc rig, or even to A/B test some things, I don't have to hunt down any power for it and it has the options to resolve noise and phase problems. I was perfectly happy with it on my board before I got the Twin City ... except ... for no LEDs.
     
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    The best I found is Lehle.

    German built tank with no popping noises and LED's
     
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    BOSS LS-2. the pro's choice.
     
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    Lehle little dual
     
  13. Figaro

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    Thanks but the Lehle is too expensive and with the Boss LS-2 it seems you have to turn it's knob to go from A-B switching to A+B?
     
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    +1 on that.
     
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    Radial big shot Aby! I love mine and is affordable with great switches for grounding and phase issues that can occur
     
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    Radial Twin City is what I use in the studio. Works great, no tone lose, no hum, phase switch is super handy and important. I wish it didn't have that silly "Bones X" thing though
     
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    + 1 on this. it is really worth it
     
  20. Figaro

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    The big shot does not have LED lights.

     

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