A good friend of mine was talking about his guitar pedal board and some issues he was having with a couple of pedals on there. I offered to have a look. Instead of raking around in the guts of his decades-old pedal to make it true bypass, I figured it would be easier to construct something that would allow him to leave his pedal on all the time, but to completely remove it from the audio signal when not needed. I sat down and sketched out an idea that I thought would work and then proceeded to get the parts and assemble it.
THEN I had the bright idea of checking online to see if anyone else had done such a thing and what, if anything, I had missed in my design. Of course, plenty of folks make these type of devices all the time, so no invention here. Ah well!
Well all the stuff arrived and I pulled it together over a week or so — an hour here, an afternoon there — and the Loopy Deux was born. I named “Loopy Deux” because it loops and there’s two of them. I had “Loopy Doo” in my head and realised that “doo” (deux) in French means “two”, so the name stuck! I learned some things through it and had to assemble a number of tools to produce it which will come in handy for the next two projects being born out of this one.
The nice thing about this pedal is that it solves more than one problem. It’s great for removing a particularly noisy or tone-sucking pedal out of the audio signal, but the other nice thing is that it can help you set up several pedals into a particular sound by allowing you to switch them all off or on with a single switch instead of dancing around, trying to get them all switched as fast as possible.
I have some ideas on additional features that would make the pedal even more useful (buffers, blend pots, etc.), but that will have to wait until version deux!
Here’s some photos of the various stages.
By the way, if you are interested in getting something similar made, let me know — I’m always up for a challenge!