The tone bypass works like the Maz Jr bypass including volume boost depending on how you have the tone controls set, the more you have the tone contols open the less difference you will see in overall volume.
I do still use a brake lite with my Maz 8, hard to believe but true, I like to run my master volume and preamp volume at noon and that is a little too loud for my set up without the brake lite. It does have a very OD feel to it when it starts to break up, I really like it.
It will also clean up well with the tone control on the guitar.
Just to add to the fun, the pentode, triode switch is very cool and will give you a lot of different tones too! The Maz Jr does do that!
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