To Buffer Or Not To Buffer: That Is The Question

Published 9 Oct 2020

Mick has a buffer problem on his pedalboard. It’s not before his fuzz, but after. Let’s see if we can solve it…

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Welcome friends. The subject of buffers ranks among the most interminably tiresome of all. And yet the tonal differences to be discovered in this darkened corner of the tone galaxy are as chasmic as they are confounding.
Hmm. Well this one is an actual, real-life problemmette for me (Mick here). As we discover, I simply adore the Dan Drive Secret Machine fuzz, darling. But it is songstrel of the flightiest nature and requires some consistent bufferage to keep its sweet voice in check. In other words, the pedals you put after it make a massive difference to the sound.
“But why?” we hear you cry.
If you’re hoping for some sort of concrete answer, unfortunately it swims with the fishes. Thusly and as this video proves, you’re going to need to dive in and brave the waters. Buffer ye, or buffer ye not: that is your question. Allow us to at least partially illuminate the way…

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• Dan Drive Secret Machine
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• KingTone MiniFuzz Ge

• Analog Man Sun Face (this one is a BC183)

• Phil Robinson Silicon Phuzz

• 29 Pedals Euna

• J Rockett Immortal Echo
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• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe
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• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive - No longer made. Our fave current Klon-alikes include these…
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• Mythos Argo
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• Keeley D&M Drive
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• Supro Tremolo
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• Catalinbread Echorec
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 01:58
- Today’s signal chain: 03:28
- The main problem is this: 04:50
- What about a different fuzz?: 11:45
- Is it the echo? LIGHTBULB!: 16:18
- Move the buffer down the chain? 19:45
- This buffer or that buffer?: 26:28
- Overdrive – D&M, Klon: 31:00
- Echorec buffer further forwards?: 35:00
- 29 Pedals Euna…: 38:58
- …vs shortest cable possible: 45:26
- Load & cap is part of the tone: 48:30
- Er, humbuckers?: 49:15
- Conclusions: where should my buffer go?: 51:20

Guitars in this episode:
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no video yet
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged

Amps in this episode
• Two Rock Classic Reverb Signature with Two-Rock 212 cabinet / TR 1265B speakers

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