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.

Donner DT-1 Chromatic Guitar Tuner Pedal True Bypass Donner DT-1 Chromatic Guitar Tuner Pedal True Bypass
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Features

  • Chromatic which is suitable for wide range tuning.
  • LCD display leads clear results of tuning.
  • True bypass, real signal, no loss of tune.
  • Tuning range: A0(27.5Hz)~C8(4186Hz)
  • Tuning method: Auto

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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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Donner DT-1 Chromatic Guitar Tuner Pedal True Bypass
Donner DT-1 Chromatic Guitar Tuner Pedal True Bypass
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Features

  • Chromatic which is suitable for wide range tuning.
  • LCD display leads clear results of tuning.
  • True bypass, real signal, no loss of tune.
  • Tuning range: A0(27.5Hz)~C8(4186Hz)
  • Tuning method: Auto

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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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Joyo Jf-10 Dynamic Compressor Guitar AMP Effect Pedal True Bypass
Joyo Jf-10 Dynamic Compressor Guitar AMP Effect Pedal True Bypass
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  • Guitar Effect Pedal
  • Dynamic Compressor
  • Profession Guitar AMP and Effect Pedal
  • CE and RoSH Certify

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NUX Time Core Guitar Effect Pedal 7 Delay Models True Bypass
NUX Time Core Guitar Effect Pedal 7 Delay Models True Bypass
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  • 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.

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Moozikpro Guitar Effects Pedal - Pure Analog Delay True Bypass - 2 Free Patch Cables Included
Moozikpro Guitar Effects Pedal - Pure Analog Delay True Bypass - 2 Free Patch Cables Included
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  • PURE ANALOG - Clear, warm & natural tone due to professional echo chip great for all kinds of music
  • DURABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT - Made of aluminum-alloy with ultra-small footprint to fit on any pedal board
  • TRUE BYPASS- Direct, unaltered signal from your instrument & LED indicator showing the working state
  • EASY TO USE - 3 knobs: echo for mixing, time for 20-620ms delays & feedback for repetitions
  • 2 FREE PATCH CABLES - 11" long, 1/4inch & right angled, perfect for connecting effect pedals

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Donner Alchemy Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass 8 Modulation Effects
Donner Alchemy Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass 8 Modulation Effects
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  • Donner Alchemy is the all-in-one box that includes all types of modulation effect that the players have wanted for many years.
  • 8 Modulation effects,Chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, rotary, pan, u-vibe and vibrato. Each model can be change from normal to deluxe, so a total of 16 models you can choose
  • Tone Lock function and one preset save/recall.
  • New generation 32-bit DSP, high performance 24-bit 44.1 kHz AD/DA convert.
  • Input/output Sensing circuit select optimized routing automatically. True bypass. Runs on battery and AC power

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Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with True Bypass
Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with True Bypass
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Features

  • 9V battery included and 9V DC power connection
  • Quality Switch, Tone, Volume and Drive Knobs
  • LED, notched knobs
  • Stomp box style DPDT switch for clean, quiet switching
  • Single 1/4 inch (instrument cable) input and output jacks

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JOYO JF-30 A/B Switch Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass AC Adapter DC 9V
JOYO JF-30 A/B Switch Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass AC Adapter DC 9V
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  • Output impedance: 0 Ohm Input impedance: 0 Ohm Running current:2mA Power:6F22 9V Battery / DC 9V adapter
  • Firstly, channelling indicator light secondly, operating without power supply thirdly, true bypass design
  • Using the A/B switch to dispatch the signal to two different installations
  • There are including three parts

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Donner Yellow Fall Vintage Pure Analog Delay Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass
Donner Yellow Fall Vintage Pure Analog Delay Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass
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  • Pure analog Whole circuit delay, clear, plump and smooth New Delay effect. Aluminium-alloy classic, stable and strong
  • Aluminium-alloy classic, stable and strong.
  • True bypass provide transparent tone,LED indicator shows the working state.
  • 3 Knobs, ECHO is mix, TIME for 20-620ms delays, FEEDBACK is the repetions.
  • 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

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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
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  • 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

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