Only a few days into experimenting with the HD500x, but one thing I notice is the drastic effect that a wah fx has on the overall tone of the preset. I'm not talking about when the wah is activated just when it is in the chain. The tone becomes much more bright. Completely changes the tone of the preset.
It seems to me the wah shoudn't effect the tone until you have activated it.
Is there a fix for this? Or am I missing something?
That's because the POD is not True Bypass:
"True bypass means when a pedal is OFF, the signal goes in the INPUT jack and out the OUTPUT jack without touching any components (resistors, capacitors, op amps, etc). You can not check for this by pulling out the battery, as you will still get a signal out of, for example, an old wah even though it is not really true bypass (the circuit still is attached to some components when off). Let's call this type of effect a "stomp switch" pedal, it uses a round stomp switch to turn it on and off, and passes signal through even with no battery."
"If you have a "stomp switch" type pedal without true bypass (all MXR pedals, most EH, most wahs, almost any pre 1980 pedal except a fuzzface) then when OFF you MAY lose some high end due to your signal bleeding into the components."