Originally Posted by NoPro
Here's my chain
Strat>mxr 108 10 band Eq>dynacomp (latest)>octafuzz>Fulldrive Mofset >ocd>big muff>tc hof reverb>tc flashback delay. I want to add my vox 847 and earnie ball jr vol pedal. Should I use a true bypass looper at begining of chain? Sounds pretty good as is and I don't always use Eq , big muff or octafuzz but leave them plugged in.
You've got enough pedals there that you may not want to true-bypass everything.
That's the thing about buffered pedals. Somehow they got a rap for being a bad idea. True, some of the buffered pedals of the 70's were poorly made and thus kinda gave everything else a bad name by association, but usually the best way to keep your tone in tact is to use a combination of true bypass and buffered pedals. Most people will throw a buffered pedal at the beginning and end of their chain, if that's possible.
True bypass is easier and cheaper to make (usually). So the fact that so many pedal manufacturers still make buffered pedals isn't because they're trying to skimp on quality to save themselves money. It's because it works better. Sometimes. It all depends on a large number of factors. But rather than theorizing everything, the best way to tell is to experiment with what you got and see what works best. And as always, if you can't tell the difference, then don't worry about it. Because with modern buffered pedals, I doubt you could tell much difference, if any.