Originally Posted by origenesprit
I'll tell you, and this is just my personal experience, that as far as true bypass goes, I don't rate its importance. Maybe my ears just aren't snobby enough, but I have no problem loading my pedalboard with Boss pedals (which I do - HM2, DD2, PN2) - I just don't hear the tone suckage. I actually prefer buffers when it comes to overdrive pedals, especially - I can't stand the pop that comes along with True Bypass pedals, and even companies who say they go out of their way to eliminate it are unsuccessful (I'm looking at you, Analogman King of Tone v4).
For a while in college I had a studio and was teaching students... part of my job at this vintage shop was essentially to sit around and experiment with anything and everything we had (sounds rough ya?) From thumping old Fender Jazz and P's thru vintage Ampegs to vamping Triggs arch tops thru some Dr. Z boutiquey shit and everything in between. I would load up a whole string of effects. We had some basic Boss, EH, etc stuff that was more affordable, but also carried ZVex, Fulltone, Geoffrey Teese and stuff like that as well.
I don't know enough about electricity, voltage and all that stuff but I think there must be some tipping point so to speak.... kinda like water pressure maybe? A point at which too many effects linked up in series does inevitably result in massive suckage... not just in the tone or timbre itself but also in the force and energy of the notes... somehow sounding weaker, thinner. It is tricky.
I use a Furman power conditioner into a Voodoo Labs power supply and once properly grounded I could plug in at almost any club with the shittiest current and still sound great. What I didn't realize and remember discovering was that the current in different places is in fact different. Almost like tap water in different towns.
The majority of us have rigs at home and may jam over at a friend's place now and again, but if you are plugging in and playing every day in different cities in different states, there is in fact a big difference. If anyone with better electrical knowledge can explain this I'd love to know!
btw... I think the "pop" depends on the switches used. I never had much of a problem with this.