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Vahlbruch BBQ Buffer, Booster, eQualizer Pedal

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From Vahlbruch:

The BBQ combines in an original and 100% analog circuit a high-end Buffer, Booster and eQualizer (= BBQ) in a small pedal format. Let’s take a closer look at the three sections of the BBQ:

  • The BBQs buffer eliminates impedance matching problems and avoids annoying loss of treble and dynamics that can occur with long cables and effect pedal chains.
  • The BBQ is the perfect booster to overdrive an amp’s input stage, but it can also help to clear up a crunchy amp (minus booster). The volume can be adjusted over a wide and practical range from -8dB to +16dB.
  • The extremely effective equalizer section of the BBQ (+/-15dB for each band) is so versatile that only the user’s imagination sets its limits. It allows, among other things, to comfortably match signal levels or balance different instruments better. You can also add an additional sound option or gain stage to your overdrive pedal, e.g. with reduced bass and boosted mids for more punch and clarity. If the BBQ is used after an overdrive pedal, it can of course also act as a volume boost for lead parts or as a dedicated sound shaping tool for your specic drive sound.

By using the internal DIP-switch you can select between an active high-end buffer circuit or true bypass operation. The LED “Buffered Output On” indicates if the buffered bypass mode is activated. These examples are only a small part of possible applications of the BBQ pedal. Especially in complex setups, the BBQ makes full use of its extensive features and fexibility and not only provides a better signal quality, but creates essentially more variability of the complete pedal board. The BBQ can be used in front of the amplifier as well as in effect loops. Its operation is always intuitive and self-explanatory, and the original circuit design delivers high-end audio performance with a signal-to-noise ratio in studio quality.

The Vahlbruch BBQ, a small plug’n’play secret weapon, is handmade with love in Germany. Enjoy!

This pedal is equipped with our unique “MagTraB” switching technology:

Inside the button a magnet is integrated which position is measured by a sensor on the circuit board. If the button is now moved, e.g. if it is pressed downwards, the position of the magnet will also change. The sensor measures this change without any mechanical contact to the button and the information is send via a micro-controller to a gold-plated relay, which then does the actual audio signal switching.

The advantages of “MagTraB” footswitches:

  • MapTraB buttons are as good as indestructible! “MagTraB” delivers an almost infinite number of switching cycles – many, many millions!
  • No annoying, mechanical switch clicks! Instead, the “MagTraB” push-buttons switch very smooth and silently!

You can choose if the pedal powers up in “on” or “bypass” state.

To change the state:

Step 1: Unplug the power supply cable.

Step 2: Hold down on/off “MagTraB” button.

Step 3: Plug in again the power supply cable.

Step 4: Release on/off “MagTraB”” button.

DONE! The next time your pedal powers up it will automatically start in the other state.


  • Unique MagTraB switching technology
  • Input impedance: 1M Ohms
  • Output impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Internal switch to select between a true bypass or high-end buffered bypass.
  • This pedal requires an external regulated 9V power supply (not included), polarity: positiv@ring / negative@tip
  • Current consumption: 40mA
  • Dimensions: 115mm x 70mm x 48mm
  • Weight: 250g
  • Handmade in Germany

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We want you to be completely happy with your purchase, so we offer a 48 hour approval period on most purchases (see exclusions below). The 48 hour approval period begins when your purchased item is delivered to your door. If after 48 hours you’re not happy with the item, just contact us via phone, email or live chat on our website to arrange for a return authorization (RA#) and return shipping instructions. Any package sent back without prior authorization will be refused.

Returns must be shipped back to us within two days of the RA being issued. Items must come back to us undamaged and in the same condition they were shipped out. All manuals, paperwork, cables, tremolo arms, wrenches, etc… must be included or full credit will not be issued. Any items not conforming to this policy will be subject (at our discretion) to a restocking fee of 20% of the purchase price.

Refunds will be issued minus all related shipping expenses, if free shipping was initially given, the cost we incurred to get the item to you will be deducted from your refund. A 10% restock fee will also be deducted from your refund. Restock fees will be waived for full value exchanges.

Here are exceptions to our return policy.

  • Custom orders of any kind are non returnable and non refundable. We often charge a deposit before we will place a custom or special order. All special order deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, no exceptions.
  • Microphones, Harmonicas, In-Ear Systems and any other items that come into contact with your mouth or ears.
  • Items labeled as BLOWOUT, are non-returnable. These are often being sold below cost and are considered “all sales final”.
  • Software (this may also include hardware that includes software), unless still in shrink wrap with barcode affixed.
  • Guitar strings, blank media, and other disposable merchandise.
  • Guitar or bass pickups that have been installed or used in any way.
  • Any item advertised as “USED” is non returnable.

*Payments for music lessons are non refundable, no exceptions.

View our detailed Return Policy here.

Early Order Cancellation

All deposits are non refundable. Lots of our products are special orders and in many cases your order has to be built for you at the factory. This is what makes a lot of our products special. Once your order is started, it's being put together just for you. For this reason we ask that you don't cancel your order after you place it with us. If for some reason you absolutely have to cancel your order with us, we will assess you a 25% cancellation charge. This amount is equal to 25% of your total order amount. Ask us before you place your order to see if what you're purchasing is considered a special order.

Damaged Merchandise

Do not accept your shipment if the package shows any signs of external damage. After the item is returned to us we will ship you a replacement. If you receive incorrect or defective merchandise, please call 781-335-0700 within 5 days for a return authorization number.


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