The reason is that other problems, like noise and dull sounding pickups and pedals, may occur as a result of a non buffered signal.

We don’t want that, so let’s concentrate on the two other options. The question is: do you really need to buffer the signal?

Well, no one dies and the world will still be a fucked up place regardless of what you do.

I hope this article cleared up a few things and perhaps even gave some food for thought.

Please feel free to use the comments field below to share your experience and do share if you disagree with any of the above!

Now, 18 feet might seem more than enough but you have to count both the cable to and from the pedal board, all the patch cables and the tiny cables inside the pedals that are bypassing the signal when the pedal is off.

Naturally, the quality of these cables matters a great deal.

Some pedals, like vintage style fuzz, don’t like buffers and some guitarists prefer, and even depend on, the high end roll off you get from an unbuffered signal to achieve their magical tones.

The point is though: you should be aware of the consequences of not buffering your signal.

A buffer can either be a buffered pedal, like Boss, or a dedicated buffer unit or pedal, like the Costa Lab Buffer.