A One-Stop Solution that addresses both Input and Output Challenges
The HIGH-WIRE™ DUAL BUFFER/OUTPUT BOOST resolves the deep-rooted signal loss and inconsistent tone issues faced by guitarists due to; capacitive loading, impedance loading and mismatching, and changes to a pickup’s resonant frequency/peak, as a result of varying effect pedals and interconnecting cables. It accomplishes this by providing the two constants in every guitar rig, the guitar and amplifier, with a resolute load and source, via its input buffer and output line-driver, respectively. The two circuits form an effects loop, which segregates the guitar and amplifier from the variables on a pedalboard, easily handles many pedals, interconnecting cables and effortlessly drives a long cable run to the back-line amplifier. The input buffer converts the guitar’s high-impedance signal to low-impedance, which also minimizes its susceptibility to noise, interference and even some of the switch “popping” associated with true-bypass pedals. The output line-driver targets the inability that many pedals (and even some buffers have) which is to adequately drive a very long cable run to a back-line amplifier. As a result, the only variations in sound and tone will be from the actual effect of the pedals on the pedalboard, and not from a guitar or amplifier related loading or impedance mismatch issue.
The input buffer is a 100% discrete Class-A circuit with an input impedance and other finely tuned characteristics which mimic that of a high quality tube amplifier, and it includes an RFI filter to minimize the possibility of radio-frequency interference and noise. It presents a dynamically ideal load to a guitar that remains steadfast, resulting in a tone that is consistent, while still allowing the guitar to breathe, live, and react - like plugging directly into the front of a tube amplifier.
The integrated output line-driver circuit is capable of driving a long unbalanced cable run, via shielded 1/4” TS instrument cable. It also incorporates a mini-toggle fixed boost and a stomp-switch selected variable boost, to slightly increase the level reaching a back-line amplifier (making up for any losses or compensating for different guitars), and to drive the amp’s input harder!
A dual-function STOMP switch allows selecting the variable BOOST, or a MUTE for silent tuning and guitar changes. To activate the variable boost, as set by the BOOST knob, simply press the STOMP switch, a blue BOOST LED indicate’s when it’s on. Press the STOMP switch again to turn it off. To activate the MUTE, hold down the STOMP switch for about 3/4-of-a second, a red MUTE LED indicate’s it’s on. Press the STOMP switch again to exit the MUTE mode, and the HIGH-WIRE™ DUAL BUFFER/OUTPUT BOOST will return to on or off BOOST state it was in, prior to activating the MUTE. The HIGH-WIRE™ DUAL BUFFER/OUTPUT BOOST’s strategic first-in last-out position in the audio signal path also allows it to provide a compact and convenient consolidation point for the two most commonly used pedalboard audio connections. And thanks to its dual-PCB analog-goodness design, it will stand tall at the “typical” top-right corner of a pedalboard - without the need for a pedal-riser.
MESA/Boogie products sold by MESA/Boogie Hollywood are intended for use within the United States. We are unable to ship any MESA/Boogie products outside of the US.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including, nickel which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and vinyl chloride which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov