Guide: What Is True Bypass

A chromatic pedal tuner will be considered True Bypass when the circuit allows the signal to go directly from the input jack through the switch to the output jack with no connection to the circuitry in the box.

This connection does not degrade the signal output to other pedals or amplifiers. The jacks, wires and switches let only micro-ohm resistance flow inline with the signal which will not affect tone or volume.

Electric Guitar 3PDT Effects Stomp Foot Pedal Switch True Bypass with Solder Terminals Pack of 2 Electric Guitar 3PDT Effects Stomp Foot Pedal Switch True Bypass with Solder Terminals Pack of 2
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  • The item can be used to rewire vintage pedals or effects boxes
  • The third pole can be wired to control an LED status light or other custom function.
  • It's also a very tough switch that will last a very long time

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This question is often answered by Chromatic Pedal Tuner manufacturers through their clever marketing insinuations. According to http://www.stinkfoot.se/andreas/diy/articles/tuners.htm “Very few actually do produce any tuners with a true bypass arrangement. The only one I have confirmed to be true bypass is the Korg PitchBlack. As for the others... in many cases, I know they aren't, and in others, it hasn't been confirmed to be either way.”

This leads to the Other Question, Which Chromatic Pedal Tuners have True Bypass?
Stinkfoot claims to have checked out most of the Pedal Tuners Brands and found very few with the True Bypass circuitry. Some models are sort of true bypass while other models are not even close. The Korg PitchBlack pedalboard tuner is the only confirmed to be true bypass.

The Peterson Strobostomp is understood to be True Bypass, but it seems to have a 1M resistor in the bypass path that may disqualify this Pedal Tuner. A simple test to confirm if a Pedal Tuner is True Bypass is to plug in the Pedal Tuner. If you can tune your guitar/bass, whether the switch is activated or not, the Pedal Tuner you are testing is not True Bypass.

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Remember the definition of True Bypass. The signal must pass straight through the box without going through the circuitry when the effect is bypassed. A failsafe True Bypass can be achieved by wiring a bypass switch inside a separate true bypass box. When this switch is activated, the signal is completely disconnected from the input signal.

When the input to the circuit board is still connected to the signal path and the input impedance of the circuit is loading the signal line, it can cause loss of high frequencies and overall volume. You can test this by connecting the true bypass box to bypass the entire pedal chain so that you have either the straight signal through the bypass box or the buffered signal through the pedal chain. You should be able to hear a difference in sound quality with the bypass box on then off. Let your ears recognize if you need to make adjustment.

The True Bypass Rule is to eliminate the effect of a pedal's input load on the signal when the switch is bypassed. Using a Chromatic Pedal Tuner by itself may not cause any issues, whether it is True Bypass or not. Stacking a series of buffered pedals can lead to signal degradation. To rule out one possible signal underperformance, use a quality cable between the guitar and the pedalboard.

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Electric Guitar 3PDT Effects Stomp Foot Pedal Switch True Bypass with Solder Terminals Pack of 2
Electric Guitar 3PDT Effects Stomp Foot Pedal Switch True Bypass with Solder Terminals Pack of 2
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  • The item can be used to rewire vintage pedals or effects boxes
  • The third pole can be wired to control an LED status light or other custom function.
  • It's also a very tough switch that will last a very long time

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Andoer CP-24 10-Band EQ Equalizer True Bypass Guitar Effect Pedal with Aluminium Alloy
Andoer CP-24 10-Band EQ Equalizer True Bypass Guitar Effect Pedal with Aluminium Alloy
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  • 10-Band equalizer professional guitar pedal.
  • Includes the frequency bands: 31.25Hz, 62.5Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1KHz, 2KHzand, 4KHz, 8KHz and 16KHz.
  • True bypass design minimizes tone loss.
  • Sturdy aluminum alloy case.
  • Comes with 4 protective caps to protect petal.

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E Support 3PDT 9 Pins Box Stomp Guitar Effect Pedal Foot Switch True Bypass Metal Pack of 5
E Support 3PDT 9 Pins Box Stomp Guitar Effect Pedal Foot Switch True Bypass Metal Pack of 5
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  • For rewiring vintage padals or effect boxes
  • For ,Electro-Harmonix, T Rex,Retro FX,Radial Bigshot,ect effects pedals
  • The third pole can be wired to control an LED status light or other custom function.
  • There are a total of nine lugs on each switch,three per pole.
  • For unbuffered bypassing/true bypass of the effect circuit without coloring the tone of the instrument or other components in the signal chain.

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Mini Pedal Tuner for Guitar Bass True Bypass
Mini Pedal Tuner for Guitar Bass True Bypass
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  • √ MINI PEDAL TUNER - easy to carry around in your pedalboard
  • √ COLOR SCREEN DISPLAY - easy to read when in performance
  • √ TRUE BYPASS FUNCTION--tuning modes: chromatic, PITCH RANGE- 430-450Hz
  • √ RECHARGE- DC 9V adapter OR Tom'sline mobile power for pedal(not included)
  • √ 100% SATISFACTION GURANTEE--we provide 3-year quality guarantee, and if you are unsatisfied with it, full refund will be provided, with no questions asked!

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TTONE New True-bypass Looper Effects Pedal Guitar Metal Effect Pedals Switcher True Bypass Dual Loop Switch Yellow
TTONE New True-bypass Looper Effects Pedal Guitar Metal Effect Pedals Switcher True Bypass Dual Loop Switch Yellow
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  • Sturdy Switch for foot use; Quality Jack Sockets for superior sound quality
  • Diecast Aluminium Casing; Size: 112 x 60 x 32 / 4.4"*2.4"*1.26"
  • True bypass circuitry to leave the sound from your guitar unaltered.
  • Stylish LED indication + LED Bezels for fastening; Powered by a Standard 2.1mm DC plug (no battery clip)
  • Loop Pedals are completely passive and only needs power to light the LEDs.

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ammoon Mini Guitar Effect Pedal Loop Box Switcher Channel Selection True Bypass
ammoon Mini Guitar Effect Pedal Loop Box Switcher Channel Selection True Bypass
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  • Guitar loop effect pedal with true bypass.
  • Mini size, durable zinc-aluminium alloy body.
  • With SEND & RETURN jacks for other effects to get true bypass function.
  • Support route selection, suitable for no direc effect like bass guitar pedals.
  • With LED indicator light showing the working status.

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NEW Loop Pedal - 3 Looper -True Bypass-Pedal Board - Electric Guitar Effects Pedal Switch army green
NEW Loop Pedal - 3 Looper -True Bypass-Pedal Board - Electric Guitar Effects Pedal Switch army green
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  • Add True Bypass to any effects pedal
  • All 3 pedals can be engaged at once.
  • Clean up your tone.
  • The loops engage immediately when a switch is pressed.

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Mugig Guitar Effect Pedals,Multi-Mode (Modulation)
Mugig Guitar Effect Pedals,Multi-Mode (Modulation)
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  • Level ,speed and depth knob allow you to dial in your desired sound.
  • Switch between 11 modulation effects.
  • True Bypass Footswitch: Push down the footswitch to switch between effects and bypass status.
  • Provided with LED light. Compatible to any 9V, negative tip effect pedal power adapters.
  • Package: 1 x Mugig Modular Guitar Effect Pedal, 1 x Manual.

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E Support 3PDT 9 Pins Box Stomp Guitar Effect Pedal Foot Switch True Bypass Metal Pack of 10
E Support 3PDT 9 Pins Box Stomp Guitar Effect Pedal Foot Switch True Bypass Metal Pack of 10
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Features

  • For rewiring vintage padals or effect boxes
  • For ,Electro-Harmonix, T Rex,Retro FX,Radial Bigshot,ect effects pedals
  • The third pole can be wired to control an LED status light or other custom function.
  • There are a total of nine lugs on each switch,three per pole.
  • For unbuffered bypassing/true bypass of the effect circuit without coloring the tone of the instrument or other components in the signal chain.

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Radial BigShot ABY True Passive Switcher
Radial BigShot ABY True Passive Switcher
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  • Toggle between 2 guitar amps or play both at once
  • Output B has ground-lift, polarity reverse, isolation transformer 14-gauge steel construction

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