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.

Digitech BWHAMMY Bass Pitch Effect Pedal with True-Bypass and MIDI Input Digitech BWHAMMY Bass Pitch Effect Pedal with True-Bypass and MIDI Input
List Price: $299.95
Sale Price: $199.95
You save: $100.00 (33%)
 

Features

  • Iconic Whammy effect
  • Two different classic and chord (polyphonic) tracking modes
  • 21 different pitch settings, MIDI input for control, True bypass
  • Optimized for bass frequencies
  • Updated original Bass Whammy settings and more, power supply included

Reviews



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.

Click Here To Buy Chromatic Pedal Tuners

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.

Keep the music LIVE.

Digitech BWHAMMY Bass Pitch Effect Pedal with True-Bypass and MIDI Input
Digitech BWHAMMY Bass Pitch Effect Pedal with True-Bypass and MIDI Input
List Price: $299.95
Sale Price: $199.95
You save: $100.00 (33%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Iconic Whammy effect
  • Two different classic and chord (polyphonic) tracking modes
  • 21 different pitch settings, MIDI input for control, True bypass
  • Optimized for bass frequencies
  • Updated original Bass Whammy settings and more, power supply included

Reviews

Joyo Jf-10 Dynamic Compressor Guitar AMP Effect Pedal True Bypass
Joyo Jf-10 Dynamic Compressor Guitar AMP Effect Pedal True Bypass
Sale Price: $26.99
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Representive of a Classic Ross with very low noise

Reviews

NUX Time Core Guitar Effect Pedal 7 Delay Models True Bypass
NUX Time Core Guitar Effect Pedal 7 Delay Models True Bypass
Sale Price: $40.98
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • 7 delay effects.True stereo signal processing.Tone Lock function and one preset save/recall.
  • Built-in 40 seconds stereo loop machine.
  • New generation 32-bit DSP, high performance 24-bit 44.1 kHz AD/DA convert.
  • Flexible I/O jacks detect the stereo and mono connections automatically.
  • True bypass.Runs on battery or AC power.

Reviews

Donner True Bypass Pearl Tremor Pure Analog Phase Effect Pedal
Donner True Bypass Pearl Tremor Pure Analog Phase Effect Pedal
List Price: $51.05
Sale Price: $36.99
You save: $14.06 (28%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Pure analog phase effect, warm and plump sound.
  • Whole aluminum-alloy chassis, stable and strong
  • True bypass provide transparent tone
  • LED indicator shows the working state

Reviews

Donner True Bypass Surge Rotater Reverb Effect Pedal
Donner True Bypass Surge Rotater Reverb Effect Pedal
List Price: $74.00
Sale Price: $51.99
You save: $22.01 (30%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • 3 Reverb modes: Room, Plate, Spring
  • Whole aluminum-alloy chassis, stable and strong
  • True bypass provide transparent tone
  • LED indicator shows the working state

Reviews

JOYO PXL4 Wave-X 4 Loop Effects Pedal Loop Switching System True Bypass
JOYO PXL4 Wave-X 4 Loop Effects Pedal Loop Switching System True Bypass
List Price: $75.99
Sale Price: $69.99
You save: $6.00 (8%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • PXL4 is 4 Group(FX LOOP)
  • Power input protection
  • Programmable grouping system can save 16 effects combinations
  • Working voltage: 8-15V DC
  • True Bypass Design--no coloration

Reviews

10pcs NEW 3PDT 9-Pin Guitar Effects Stomp Foot Switch True Bypass full metal SB cc
10pcs NEW 3PDT 9-Pin Guitar Effects Stomp Foot Switch True Bypass full metal SB cc
List Price: $32.99
Sale Price: $18.99
You save: $14.00 (42%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Stomp Foot Switch
  • 3PDT Switch
  • Guitar Effects 3PDT Switch

Reviews

Estone 9-pin 3pdt Guitar Effects Pedal Box Stomp Foot Metal Switch True Bypass New
Estone 9-pin 3pdt Guitar Effects Pedal Box Stomp Foot Metal Switch True Bypass New
Sale Price: $4.89
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Only sold by Heroneo.Photo taken by Heroneo. 100% Brand new and high quality
  • The item can be used to rewire vintage pedals or effects boxes
  • For unbuffered bypassing/true bypass of the effect circuit without coloring the tone of the instrument or other components in the signal chain.
  • The third pole can be wired to control an LED status light or other custom function.
  • There are a total of 9 lugs on each switch, three per pole.There are a total of 9 lugs on each switch, three per pole.

Reviews

Keeley True-Bypass Looper and Switcher Guitar Effects Pedal
Keeley True-Bypass Looper and Switcher Guitar Effects Pedal
Sale Price: $99.00
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Make an effect or group of effects True-BypassUse as a tuner switch to mute during tuningUse as an effects looper switcher, switch in multiple effects!Operates with or without powerDual LED indicators to let you know what mode you are inResistors added to keep switch pop to a minimumStamped Serial Number

Reviews

Donner Yellow Fall Vintage Pure Analog Delay Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass
Donner Yellow Fall Vintage Pure Analog Delay Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass
List Price: $52.00
Sale Price: $35.00
You save: $17.00 (33%)
  Eligible for free shipping!

Features

  • Pure analog Whole circuit delay, clear, plump and smooth New Delay effect. Aluminium-alloy classic, stable and strong
  • Small, light weight and exquisite guitar effect
  • True bypass provide transparent tone
  • LED indicator shows the working state
  • Important instructions 1-Please make sure the the diameter for power plug using is 5.5, and the power for the adapter is OUT-DC 9V- 500mA 4.5W. The misusage for power adapter usually can lead to a loud buzzing sound. 2- In case the switch clicks hard which sometimes causes a pop through the speaker,please take apart the pedal and adjust the Screw nut in the tap of the nail. 3- In this case, pedal does not function please check the light for the pedal. If there is no light at all, the power may be not suitable for the pedal or it may be damaged while shipping. 4- In case units does not work, please check if the power istoo high or not? If there is no problem with the power, please take apart the pedal, and take out the circuit board, then remove the cover and power to see if the pedal is under-effects or not. If yes, please adjust the screw nut.

Reviews



Click Here To Buy Chromatic Pedal Tuners