In studying up on Garcia-type wiring (thanks to the wealth of knowledge on this forum) it seems that on-board effects loops are rarely, if ever, installed without pre-amp buffers. As I understand it they serve two distinct functions: the OBEL both sends full pickup signal to the effects independent of vol controls and allows the effects signal to be turned on and off from the guitar, whereas the buffer prevents sound loss over long cable runs. For a recreational player who doesn't gig can an OBEL be installed without a buffer (and on-board power source) or must they go hand-in-hand? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks.
Check out the very first post of this thread. All the other posts in this thread are helpful as well.
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