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.

TTONE Effect Pedal Looper Guitar Pedals Loop Foot Switch True Bypass Mini Looping Switcher Chrome TTONE Effect Pedal Looper Guitar Pedals Loop Foot Switch True Bypass Mini Looping Switcher Chrome
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Features

  • This is an incredibly small true-bypass looper box from Keeley Electronics!
  • This little wonder is only 1.5 inches wide and 3 2/3 inches long.
  • In particular Vintage wahs, echoes, phasers, fuzz face type pedals, or even new effects that might have a weak bypass system.
  • These elderly effects rob tone when they are off. Now you can make them truly bypassed when off with this little box.
  • Route selection, suitable for no direct effect :For example, bass guitar pedals etc.

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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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TTONE Effect Pedal Looper Guitar Pedals Loop Foot Switch True Bypass Mini Looping Switcher Chrome
TTONE Effect Pedal Looper Guitar Pedals Loop Foot Switch True Bypass Mini Looping Switcher Chrome
Sale Price: $14.50
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Features

  • This is an incredibly small true-bypass looper box from Keeley Electronics!
  • This little wonder is only 1.5 inches wide and 3 2/3 inches long.
  • In particular Vintage wahs, echoes, phasers, fuzz face type pedals, or even new effects that might have a weak bypass system.
  • These elderly effects rob tone when they are off. Now you can make them truly bypassed when off with this little box.
  • Route selection, suitable for no direct effect :For example, bass guitar pedals etc.

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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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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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TTONE DIY True Bypass Looper Pedal Guitar Super Loop Effects Looping Switcher Mini Switch Box Black
TTONE DIY True Bypass Looper Pedal Guitar Super Loop Effects Looping Switcher Mini Switch Box Black
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Features

  • This a true bypass box for electric guitar.
  • Color: black
  • Package: 1 piece of effect pedal
  • Can provide comprehensive effect instrument aluminum shell from the open mold, die-casting molding, surface punching, surface treatment (including the lacquer that bake, water transfer printing, etc), surface screen printing, can provide effect product ODM/OEM services Welcome to custom
  • Many colors for chioce

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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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Features

  • 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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Donner DT Deluxe Guitar Tuner Pedal ±0.1 Cent True Bypass
Donner DT Deluxe Guitar Tuner Pedal ±0.1 Cent True Bypass
List Price: $50.00
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Features

  • 1.New super fast precise strobe mode with +/- 0.1 cent accuracy.
  • 2.Chromatic which is suitable for wide range tuning.
  • 3.Deluxe LED display leads clear results of tuning.
  • 4.True bypass, improved analog circuit, real signal, no loss of tune.
  • 5.Power Supply: DC 9V (negative in the center )

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Radial BigShot ABY True Passive Switcher
Radial BigShot ABY True Passive Switcher
List Price: $100.00
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Features

  • 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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TTONE New Triple Guitar Loop Pedal True Bypass Pedals Board Looper 3 Channel Switcher Buzz Electronics
TTONE New Triple Guitar Loop Pedal True Bypass Pedals Board Looper 3 Channel Switcher Buzz Electronics
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Features

  • 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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Biyang CH-10 Guitar Bass Effect Pedal Aqua Chorus Baby Boom Series True Bypass
Biyang CH-10 Guitar Bass Effect Pedal Aqua Chorus Baby Boom Series True Bypass
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Features

  • Lush Analog Chorus
  • True Bypass
  • Two Modes: Slow and Fast
  • Uses 9V battery or standard Boss style adapter
  • Blend and Speed Controls

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TTONE True-Bypass Looper Effects Pedal Guitar Stompbox Loop Switcher Mini Looping Footswitch Red
TTONE True-Bypass Looper Effects Pedal Guitar Stompbox Loop Switcher Mini Looping Footswitch Red
Sale Price: $16.95
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Features

  • This is an incredibly small true-bypass looper box from Keeley Electronics!
  • This little wonder is only 1.5 inches wide and 3 2/3 inches long.
  • In particular Vintage wahs, echoes, phasers, fuzz face type pedals, or even new effects that might have a weak bypass system.
  • These elderly effects rob tone when they are off. Now you can make them truly bypassed when off with this little box.
  • Route selection, suitable for no direct effect :For example, bass guitar pedals etc.

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Voodoo Lab PX-8 True-Bypass Pedal Switcher w/ 6 Patch Cables
Voodoo Lab PX-8 True-Bypass Pedal Switcher w/ 6 Patch Cables
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Features

  • Includes 6 Patch Cables!
  • 8 true bypass audio loops using the finest gold contact relays
  • One-button access to clean, rhythm & lead effect combinations
  • Instantly recall 128 preset combinations of effects via MIDI
  • Compatible with Ground Control Pro or any MIDI controller

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