I've been reading lots on this and need opinions as the reading I've
done to date seems inconclusive. I know the actual answer here is to fiddle and see what
I prefer (and I will
discussion here would help my understanding.
In my pedalboard, I have the Carl
Martin Quattro (a 1 meg input impedance buffer, a few effects and a buffered fx loop) and
a Carl Martin chorus (which has the same buffer style). These buffers are excellent
quality and I believe them to be a good thing as they stop the loading of guitar
pickups..... All my other pedals are true bypass so, combined with the buffered pedals,
we have good things happening in theory....... I use good quality leads, I make my own
patch leads using decent plugs / cable. As such, there is no noticeable difference
between my bypassed pedalboard and going straight from guitar into the amp as all the top
end gets preserved. So far, so good.
My question concerns vintage style wah
and vintage style fuzz. I have home made clones of vintage fuzz pedals that are true
bypass. I have a Whipple wah (more or less a Clyde clone with true bypass and a hand
IMO, the wah sounds incredible. In my pedalboard at the
moment it isn't so impressive - I have it AFTER the first Carl Martin buffer.
Am I right in thinking that a lot of what a wah is doing is actually altering the
loading on the guitar pickups and therefore putting a buffer between guitar and wah messes
up this little bit of magic???
I am also of the opinion that my home made
vintage fuzz pedals sound a bit warmer and fuzzier when they are driven direct from the
guitar vs being put after a buffer..... I'm guessing that, again, this is because part of
their charm is that they do indeed load down the pickups and if I involve a buffer then a
bit too much top end comes through? As they are true bypass there should be no problem
putting them earlier in the chain as the leads are short and the only time they will 'tone
suck' is when you want them to. Correct or flawed thinking?
I then read that
vintage style fuzz won't wah properly when put after an unbuffered wah..... Opinions?
I was thinking of either
Guitar > wah > fuzz > homebrew
overdrives > Carl Martin Quatrro > carl martin fx loop with chorus,homebrew phaser,
flanger and Octaver > back into the Carl Martin fx loop in for tremolo and delay >
Guitar > fuzz > wah > same as above
Any other suggestions?