This would be a great time (for ME...everything is all about me now isn't it ? ) for any folks that have figured out ways to overcome "tone suck". Specifically the loss of highs when running through pedals. I know a few ways offhand...not sure about the third. 1) Only buy "true Bypass" but that isn't the complete answer. If you have too long a run with cables, or too many pedals each with patch connecters to the next (lots of folks don't know...anytime you have two metal pieces non-soldered making just physical contact with spring clips...you also introduce capacitance...which tends to lose highs) you need at least one or two "buffered" pedals. 2) Loopers. Effectively keeping your "problem pedals" completely out of the circuit when not in use. Problem is of course...when you use that loop, you are back to the main problem. Small solution might be an EQ pedal in the loop trying to bring up the lost highs. 3) Don't know...this is just an idea, but I have seen a couple of "treble-boosters", and was thinking that might be a partial fix/workaround. Off the top of my head, I think you would want to use it in front (upstream closest to the guitar) of the pedals, because you want to boost the guitars' higher frequencies to try and balance out so when the drop some db's they are even with how it sounds without. 4) Similarly, an EQ pedal could maybe be used to either preserve (same way as the "treble-booster" in number 3. Seems while you got it in line you could also make small other adjustments to dial in total sound...maybe even better than a straight run. Just to be clear on this...I am not a "cork-sniffer" but I would have told you two days ago "my pedals don't make that much of a difference in the sound...it's MOSTLY all there" but I just spent some time with a new (and crystal clear, great sound...a Hot Rod DeVille 4x10) amp, and I went back and forth with pedals and straight...Of course, the BEST way is an A/B type box where you could quickly go from one to the other to compare. But anyway, I started with all my "normal" pedals hooked up. Lots more noise (also tried different amp setups, some where the amp was up high, the guitar vol was limiting, some where the amp was turned down (less noisy) guitar up between 8-10) with the pedals even turned off. The surprise came when the pedals I was "sure" were the culprits (like my Dunlop non-modded wah) got taken out...roughly the same "tone suck". Started removing pedals one by one...and still was hearing significant suckage. I won't name names because I ended up with one pedal, still suckage, but even though I tried both cables (from guitar and from pedal to amp) separately, it still could be them in line together...I gotta test more tonight. This was an eye opener. I warn you now though...if you LOVE pedals, and have not used some method to minimize suckage, beware doing a compare like I did. Problem is, if you discover how much you are losing, you will first want to just sell all your pedals. That isn't the answer. I would just like to hear from anyone here that has encountered suckage, and used some or any of the methods above, OR come up with something better, and HOW you noticed the suckage...how significant was it? Dramatic? Slight? I have no control over it but would like to keep pedals unnamed mostly, because it isn't what this is about, and it may not be the pedal but other factors (cords, other pedals, order) but I am very interested still in where the TB pedals go, where you used buffered, just anything that works or is a good solution.