If you made it through our last blog post about guitar effects chains. This is part 2.
Finally: How to combine your effects...
Now you need to know how to arrange your different effects to create the best possible sound! Check out what happens when you place your compressor before or after your distortion pedal. An EQ can create sonic wonders - or disasters - depending on its placement in the effects chain. Tons of pedals can get quite noisy. Try to be a minimalist and get the best possible amp sound before you add pedals.
Here are some common set-ups from guitar to amp that you can use as a reference:
GUITAR - WAH - OVERDRIVE/DISTORTION - EQ - AMP (a classic!)
GUITAR - WAH - OCTAVE - NOISE GATE - MODULATION - DELAY - AMP (for the crazy guitar heads!)
DO NOT: Put overdrive at the end of the chain - all your effects will sound distorted. Ugh! ..Place reverb before the other effects - this will add reverb to all the other effects. Pedal boards are great for keeping your effects neat and organized, unless you only use one or two of them. They also have several 9-volt outlets. You don't want stomp box batteries dying on you during a gig! Right-angled 1/4 -inch cables are great for connecting your pedals to each other and the pedal board's effects loop input jack. Get the best quality brands (Monster, etc) even if they cost more. They're well worth your money...as they reduce noise.
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