#167373  by Jon S.
 Thu May 14, 2020 8:19 am
I currently own three buffered guitars. Two have CAE Sound buffers (I believe both are CB-1's - it's been a while), one a Wald Electronics buffer. All three are keepers that do the job. I'm intrigued, though, by CAL's Redeemer buffer and considering it for a new project. I'm curious if anyone here has experience with the product?

It comes in various iterations. One is an Ai1 install kit that CAL describes as "[t]he same discrete circuit as found in the Redeemer Install, all in one simple jack, making installation as easy as replacing the jack in most guitars." At $44, this looks like a deal.

Another is a belt pack which CAL describes as, "The nearer you can put the Redeemer guitar buffer to your pick-ups the better, because any cable between your guitar and the Redeemer can start to suck your tone. That's why if you can install a Redeemer buffer circuit inside your guitar, it's the best way to go. But, sometimes you just can't. Or, maybe you have 6 guitars and don't want to buy 6 Redeemer kits."

I'm especially intrigued by a couple of specs CAL lists for its buffer bolded below (which seem to me to possibly represent upgrades over the buffers I currently own):

Transparent, flat frequency from 10Hz to 50kHz won't color your tone.
Crystal clear, flat phase response improves signal definition and image.
Super high input-Z more than 20Mohms, great for all pick-ups.
Rollback your volume without tone loss.
Low output-Z less than 75 ohms can drive hundreds of feet of cable, and...
Suppress cable noise, and...
Be used as a guitar signal splitter, and...
To plug directly into any mixer line input without using a tone killing DI box.
Extremely low distortion (appx. 0.0005% THD+N).
Extremely low noise (less than -125dBu).
Long battery life, 300+ hours with an alkaline battery (less than 3mA draw).
Dead battery mode allows enough signal so you can keep the show going.

3.6V to 24VDC for extra headroom.
Easy Installation kit, just two wires to connect the circuit.
Less than the cost of a high quality, low capacitance guitar cable.
Appx. 1" x 3/4" x 5/16"

I have no affiliation with CAL, in fact, I've never bought anything from them before nor do I know now of anyone else who has, hence my question.