Need help with choosing a buffer. Current signal path:
10' guitar cable Keeley-modded GCB95 Wah, true bypass Keeley Compressor J Rockett Majestic Barber Direct Drive Timmy Keeley Fuzz Head AB True Bypass loop box --> Loop A - Xotic EP Booster, Ibanez AD9 Delay --> Loop B - Ibanez SC10 Chorus, MXR Micro Flanger TC Flashback Radial Bigshot ABY 10-20 foot cables
Goes into either 1 amp or multiple (Fender Princeton Reverb, Tremolux or Dr. Z MAZ 18.
Playing through my rig yesterday, I noticed a rolloff of highs, and then confirmed it by plugging directly into the amp. Still need the effects, but want to place a buffer after the wah and before the Compressor, or replacing it.
Looking at the following buffers: Suhr Buffer Analogman Buffer JHS Buffer TC Polytune 3 (tuner + buffer)
Does anyone have any experience with the ones mentioned, and sonically any differences? I'm guessing no sonic differences, but would rather hear from those who've used vs. not.
Post by jimwilliams on Aug 19, 2018 10:51:53 GMT -6
I put the buffers/preamps into the guitars. That way they always work great with anything. The added levels also help overcome pedal hiss issues and the amp gain can be set lower = less noise. The low impedance outputs have no losses. They even drive headphones directly.
I’ve had good experience with the JHS and, on a smaller 3-pedal board, the Xotic EP. The JHS is very transparent. The EP is darker and goes well with my Strats. In general, I’ve found that a plain buffer early in the chain is very helpful but a buffer with gain, like the EP and/or JHS is even better because I can drive subsequent pedals and the amp input as needed. There are a lot of flavors out there! Fortunately, it’s not very expensive to experiment, especially on Reverb.com.