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.

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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Can Be used to ON-OFF the LED, such as in addition to the Instrumental bypass
  • body dimension: 13.4mm x 12mm
  • Rating Power : AC 250V 2AAC 125V 4A

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  • Chromatic which is suitable for wide range tuning
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  • True bypass, real signal, no loss of tune
  • Tuning range: a0(27.5Hz)~c8(4186hz)
  • Tuning method: auto

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  • True bypass provide transparent tone
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  • Power supply: 9V AC adapter

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ammoon KOKKO Electric Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass Full Metal Shell (Booster)
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  • Built-in two-band EQ control high and low frequency separately.
  • True bypass.Powered by AC adapter.
  • Rubber pads on the backside is anti-skid, which enhances the stability and avoids friction between the effect pedal and the ground.

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  • Big LED display leads clear results of tuning.
  • True bypass, easy to tune and play.
  • Power supply: 9V DC (Center negative)

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  • 【TRUE BYPASS】 Improved analog circuit, real signal, no loss of tune.
  • 【WORK WITH MOST ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS】Work with instruments including seven string guitar or five string bass.
  • 【SOLID CONSTRUCTION】It is make of high-quality zinc alloy,durable and sturdy. Mini size that save a lot of room on your pedal board.

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  • Full metal shell, durable and exquisite. 3 controlling knobs and 1 switch are accurate and high sensitive.
  • Volume knob: Adjust the output volume. Body knob: Adjust the guitar body resonance.
  • Top knob: Adjust the gain. Mode switch: Switch between standard, jumbo and piezo mode.
  • Output jack: 1/4" mono audio jack for signal output. Input jack: 1/4" mono audio jack for connecting guitar.
  • True bypass footswitch and lever designed to prevent stamping on operation knobs.

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Neewer® Mini Chromatic Guitar Tuner Pedal True Bypass with Visible Luminous LED Display for Electronic Guitar and Bass- Super Quick and Accurate - Black
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  • Suitable for wide range tuning
  • True bypass, real signal, no loss of tune
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  • Sturdy construction with solid metal housing, built to last. Note: Pedal ONLY. Guitar and Cables in the pictures NOT INCLUDED

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