Pedal newbie has question about "true bypass"

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  1. Beatnik57

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    Hi all. I'm looking to get a fuzz pedal and have it pretty much narrowed down to two - Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff for $70 and the Seymour Duncan SFX-02 at $100. Aside from the SD having presets (which I don't really need), it says it has "true bypass". What is this and why might I need it?
     
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    Thanks gw - sounds like basically without it you can suffer tone\volume loss depending on your amp. My local GC carries the Little Big Muff, but not the Seymour Duncan so no way to compare the two. Guess I'll just try the LBM when they get it back in stock and if it sounds good just go for it.
     
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    Lot's of bells and whistles on the duncan, but I think you might like the big muff better.
     
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    [quote author=philosopher link=topic=17876.msg219863#msg219863 date=1222204665]
    Lot's of bells and whistles on the duncan, but I think you might like the big muff better.

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    philosopher - what about the little big muff though - know anything about it vs. the big muff?
     
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    [quote author=Beatnik57 link=topic=17876.msg219941#msg219941 date=1222362423]
    philosopher - what about the little big muff though - know anything about it vs. the big muff?
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    The little muff is actually an american big muff in a smaller box :)
    The russian is a bit different, but I don't think you should care about it anyway.

    I actually think the little muff is the best-for-the-buck fuzz pedal out there.
    Can't go wrong with it.
     
  7. Beatnik57

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    cool - thanks philosopher!
     
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    I'm not one for buying into the 'true bypass' thing really.
    Fair enough if you have say, 2/3 pedals, but when you have as many as I do - if you had ALL true bypass pedals, when they were off, there'd be a lot of signal loss. Non-true bypass pedals (at least, some of them do?) 'buffer' the signal along, keeping it at a higher level.
    At least, this is what I remember reading.
    But yeah, on a personal level - I use so many sounds and effects, my guitar sounds absolutely nothing like how it goes in really, unless I bypass everything with my line selector. I know many of ye purists around here would want to give me a clip around the ear :p but I really do appreciate guitarists who just have a clean/distorted channel and can do much more than I even could with my pedal mountain.

    ANYWAY.
    I've gone on a but. In short, if you have a couple of pedals, true bypass is great :p
     
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    did anyone here knows any WAH pedal that is true bypass ????

    pls help me
     
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    [quote author=philosopher link=topic=17876.msg219953#msg219953 date=1222376235]
    The little muff is actually an american big muff in a smaller box :)
    The russian is a bit different, but I don't think you should care about it anyway.

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    You young guys should just be thankful you have a choice. ;D
     
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    ....... you're right Sarge, not like the days when you plugged your guitar into an amp and made your sound from that...... ;D
     
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    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=17876.msg220459#msg220459 date=1223805133]
    You young guys should just be thankful you have a choice. ;D
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    In my early thirties, I'm not sure I am considered young, at least not around here...
    Multi effects and tons of distortion boxes were around when I started to play though, I must admit.
     
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    I was trying to be amusing, but maybe you had to be over 50 to get it.

    Six String got it. ;D

    Where's GW when you need Him. :roll:
     
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    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=17876.msg220466#msg220466 date=1223854699]
    I was trying to be amusing, but maybe you had to be over 50 to get it.

    Six String got it. ;D

    Where's GW when you need Him. :roll:
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    Hey! Get off my lawn !!
     
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    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=17876.msg220466#msg220466 date=1223854699]
    I was trying to be amusing, but maybe you had to be over 50 to get it.

    Six String got it. ;D

    Where's GW when you need Him. :roll:
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    Seems there are guys older than me in here after all :)
     
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    [quote author=powergroover link=topic=17876.msg220453#msg220453 date=1223796401]
    did anyone here knows any WAH pedal that is true bypass ????

    pls help me
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    To answer your question, Fulltone makes a mighty fine one called "The Clyde". Here's the link.

    http://www.fulltone.com/stpframe.html
     
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    [quote author=guitarweasel link=topic=17876.msg220494#msg220494 date=1223883442]
    To answer your question, Fulltone makes a mighty fine one called "The Clyde". Here's the link.

    http://www.fulltone.com/stpframe.html
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    AWESOME !!!

    but for me it's very expensive hehe. . . . ..

    thank you for the answer
     
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    Any of the boo teek pedals are gonna be pricey. A good ole Crybaby pedal for $ 70.00 is just as good, IMHO.
     
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