Ten buffer options to help you maintain your core guitar-to-amp tone when running multiple pedals and cables.

If you are working with multiple pedals and/or long cable runs, you’re also building capacitance that can suck the life right out of your tone. Luckily, this can be quickly remedied by placing a buffer device—like the 10 options here—in the correct spot in your signal chain.

SOS Buffer

The single knob on this buffer allows you to subtly dial in the highs to be exactly how you need them without getting unwanted interaction with fuzz and wah pedals.

J. ROCKETT AUDIO DESIGNS
$79

C-1

For use at the front or end of your pedalboard and effective for lengthy cable runs, this buffering circuit in a box was designed to restore vitality to your signal.

MOJO HAND FX
$75

BonaFide Buffer

Designed to combat treble-eating constraints put on tone from long cable runs, this buffer has a power-failure mode that automatically switches to true bypass if the power is cut.

TC ELECTRONIC
$69

Vitalizer WV

Wah and volume pedals tend to degrade and color a high-impedance signal’s tone, but players can minimize this degradation by sending these pedals a low-impedance signal via the Vitalizer.

PROVIDENCE
$119

Concord Utility Buffer

This handbuilt buffer can run at 9V or 18V and was designed to bring clarity and high-end sparkle to your input signal that may have been lost due to multiple pedals and cables.

EMERSON CUSTOM
$79

Stowaway

This 100-percent discreet, class-A buffer provides a stable, consistent load to remedy such issues as impedance loading and mismatching that adversely affect a pickup’s character.

MESA/BOOGIE
$99

Buffer

This transparent signal buffer/line driver employs unity buffering to reverse the effects of capacitance without impacting your instrument’s tone or output level.

SUHR
$129

SB-15 Tailbone StageBug

Designed to drive multiple pedals and long cable runs without added noise, this buffer also allows a player to combine two 9V outputs from a power brick and convert them to 15V DC.

RADIAL
$79

Buffer

Conceived to be the complete I/O interface for a pedalboard, this compact, all-analog buffer provides a separate tuner output to keep the tuner out of the audio path.

EMPRESS EFFECTS
$99

Little Black Buffer

Integrating this little box into a signal chain is intended to provide the perfect input impedance to your rig so it can deliver clear, natural tone—no matter how many pedals you’re using.

JHS
$75

A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

Some digital artifacts at long decay times.

$229

Walrus Audio Slötvå
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Walrus Audio is a prolific builder, but, as the five reverb pedals in their lineup suggest, they have a real affinity for manipulating time and space. The beauty of the Slötvå reverb (which is derived from the company’s very similar Spin FV-1 chip-based Slö reverb) is how satisfying and simple it makes dramatic shifts between time/space textures.

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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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