barefootdave wrote:... Is there any reason I wouldn't just buy this pedal instead and be able to use it with all my guitars?...
Here's the deal as I see it...
If you can hear a difference in tone between 6-inches of guitar cord and 9-feet of the same brand/model guitar cord, than you might want to go with an onboard buffer (Or a different brand of cord... I use GeorgeL cord most of the time).
So get a 6-inch patch cord, and plug your guitar into your amp and play up and down the neck.
Now get a 9-foot or so cord and play the same thing.
If you don't hear any difference, you are good to go with a pedal. This test is easier with an A/B pedal.
I use a 9ft cord to the buffer pedal. The effects pedals and buffer pedal all sit right next to each other and use 6" patch cords. The output of my Buffer Pedal is a 3ft cord that goes to a volume pedal with a 25K pot, then to the amp with another 9-footer. You can control your volume while you continue to play up and down the neck (super nice to have when using an envelope filter), and no batteries are requiered anywhere in the system.
I use it with whatever instrument I am playing at the time... typically various electric Guitars or Pedal Steel Guitars.
I have one in a Tiger Modded Strat also (requieres batteries even when effect loop is bypassed - Battery will drain if mistakenly left plugged in). It pushes a 20ft TRS cord wich is really like a 40ft run of cord (which is where I personnally start to hear a noteable tonal bias due to cord length), then out of the guitar with another 20ft cord to the amp, for a total of 20+20+20=60feet of cord. I can see why Jerry needs this much cord but I am litterally stepping all over it in my world.