LR Baggs Para DI as a buffer for ELECTRIC..?

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  1. erksin

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    I've been considering buying an Axess BS-2 buffer to help with some high-end loss when I use my pedalboard, and just had a thought - could my LR Baggs Para DI serve the same purpose? It has a high quality buffer in it already - has anyone tried their Para DI in this way?
     
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    I have! I've used it for about 3 years. Great buffer and really nice little parametric eq. It's first in my chain. Unplug the input after each use and it'll last you many hours. It's a real tone enhancer and I love it.
     
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    Along those same lines - how about one of those ART Tube MP mic pre's? I have one but I didn't think of using it as a buffer until I read this thread. I guess I'll give it a shot.

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    while the LR baggs is a great piece of equipment, and one that i use extensively for my acoustic, IMHO, for guitar duties, you cant beat the weeeee little BS2. weighs less than and about the size of a pack of cigarettes. great little piece of engineering.
     
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    Do you have a wah or fuzz after the Para DI? I wonder how it would affect either of them..?

    I'm gonna try it this weekend to see if it works for me. I was really set on getting the BS-2 (might still), but if I can save $150 that would be great!
     
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    Yeah, I'm definitely hip to the benefits of the BS-2 - I'm a little worried about being able to make the Para DI 'invisible' tonally. If the Para DI doesn't cut it, I'm on the BS-2 for sure...
     
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    erskin,
    No wah, but a fuzz - Everman Fuzzdrive G2. It sounds fine. I also have not been able to discern any tone coloring if by coloring you mean change in tone. I think it just enhances what I've got. No noise either.
     
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    Right on, thanks a lot - I'll try it this weekend!
     
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    Let us know how it sounds as I have a PADI and this could be interesting as I am currently using a Klon as my buffer...

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    It sounds great!
     
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    Well I had about two seconds this afternoon to try the Para DI out with my electric rig - in the short time I had I definitely noticed an improvement in the high-end. I only tried it in one spot - first in the chain, and while it helped the highs - it added a BUNCH of noise when I kicked on my Hellbilly. So, when I get some time tomorrow I'll try it in different spots on the board - maybe after all the drive pedals..?
     
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    Erskin: definitely let us know. I have a Baggs Para DI I love for my acoustic and would love to know if would work well buffering my electric signal path (of course I'll try it on my path after hearing your feedback).
     
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    I just had another thought (second cup of coffee) - if I don't set my StroboStomp to true-bypass mode, does it have a buffer in it to acheive the same result..?
     
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    Yes it does but not all buffers are created equal...I didn't care for the SS buffer YMMV!!

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    Okay - had a chance to play around with the placement of the Para DI this AM and it defintely works as hoped with no additional noise, as long as I placed it after the dirt boxes. I had all the controls set flat and didn't notice any appreciable coloration. Sounded REALLY good as a matter of fact, I'm surprised at how much tone loss I'd been experiencing running all those T/B boxes - only 6, not a lot of pedals...

    If I wasn't so freakin' anal-retentive, I'd be satisfied - but it looks like I'm probably going to pick up a BS-2 anyway. The Para DI takes up too much room (I've only got room enough for one more MXR-sized pedal) and only runs on batteries. Nice to know that it works for this application though!

    BTW - I emailed LR Baggs last week about this and they still haven't responded. You'd think they could use this additional 'feature' as a marketing tool...
     
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    I knew you'd like it. I've actually spoken to the Baggs guys about this both before and after I tried it out. They certainly recommended it to me several years ago as I was considering it and were happy to hear I was pleased afterward. I have the older (first) version - slightly lower output on some frequencies, and if I recall correctly, the manual stated that it would sound good with ANY pickup-equipped instrument. Let us know how the BS-2 works for you!
     

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