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In order to make an Ibanez, Boss or other electronically- switched pedal true bypass, you need to drill a hole on top and mount a standard round metal stomp switch. You also need to hot-wire the circuit so it is always ON. I do not offer this mod as drilling and mounting the switch is very time consuming and messy. Also these pedals do not suck tone like a wah wah when off, as they use active electronic FET switching so it is not much of a benefit if any at all. The Boss pedals seem to effect your tone a bit less than the Ibanez pedals when OFF (less high end attenuation).

An easier solution would be to use a TRUE BYPASS box, which is a small box with IN, OUT, SEND, and RETURN jacks, and a switch. When OFF, the signal goes direct from the IN to the OUT jack. When ON, the signal goes through the SEND/RETURN effects loop (and the pedal(s) that you have in that loop). These are handy for having around, you can even use it as an AB box in a bind. I can build these out of the MXR PAPERWEIGHTS that I have, or in generic cases. It is also possible to build multiple true bypass boxes with multiple loops/switches. They are about $85 for a normal true bypass box in a generic case.


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