Searching for the (near) perfect AB Box? The This1smyne AB Switch / Buffer!
My Polytune is a great pedal, don’t get me wrong. Yet even though it is true bypass, That doesn’t mean it wont alter tone as the signal passes through it’s circuitry. There is tone suck from my Polytune. I was amazed at how much it dulled the edges.
After some wise conversations with one Charlie of Random Affects Pedals, I started looking at the way that my setup that I had thought was so pure, was actually creating tone obstacles that I had wished to bypass…Se what I did there? 😉
So, my other buddy, Anthony, tells me about This1smyne. They create ABY boxes, buffers, and the like. My interest was in removing the Polytune from my effects chain, retaining it’s functionality in it’s own loop, with a switchable true bypass/buffer.
Here is a copy of my email to them detailing what I needed:
I’m looking to prevent the tone loss that a polytune (first in chain) is causing.
What can I do? What options with buffers do you have so that I can begin the chain with a buffer (switch with LED) and mute the signal while directing it towards my tuner?
Also, I had a Visual Sound Pure Tone Buffer in the past, but if I accidentally bumped it, it made noise in the signal, strangest thing… It is the same with these stand alone buffers?
I’m going polytune, clyde deluxe wah, FD2 Mosfet, KoT, Nova Delay (which might need to be in a loop because of tone distortion), Visual Sound H2O.
Thank you for your time!
I received no answer, fine. I’m not sour, bitter or whatever. However, when running an effects company – Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that.
I believe in the product, just not the support, right? I quickly turned to ebay to find exactly…I mean exactly what I was looking for for around $40 from a guitar player in Canada. Worth it. Canada’s worth it.
Build quality on this is simple. Standard leds, red for the left switch (channel bypass) and blue for the right switch (true bypass/buffer). The case itself is covered by rugged black powder coating, with the applicable denotations scrawled by a silvery marker.
Now, I set this pedal first in line, the buffer is always on. I have the Polytune switch-bypassed, and I have the ability to test the difference between beginning the entire signal with a buffered (low-impedence) signal or the unaltered true bypassed (high-impedance) signal. The difference between the sounds of these two settings is remarkable. It’s a party-trick unto itself, and equally as amusing…to myself.
Back to the wisdom filled buffer-preachers. They recommended to begin your effects chain with a buffer, and end your pedal board with a buffer. I had test driven the Visual Sound Pure Tone Buffer, as written in my email, yet having it be switchable would have been great. Had I kept it, I would have ended my current signal with it. Gearmanndude ends his pedalboard with a Boss TU-2 (a great tuner with a great buffer), so that the signal produced by the pedal board gets pushed through any amount of guitar cable into the amp. The more the guitar cable between the guitar and the amp, the greater the need for a buffer to reduce the loss of your original signal from the pickups of your guitar. Buffers are your friend.
A great pedal, a great price, a great purpose.
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For something already made to use, Check out the Whirlwind AB Switch!