Hello and welcome back to Guitarpedals.live today we are
going to talk about pedal order. It doesn’t take long before getting into the
world of pedals before you find yourself asking the question, “What the best
way to order my pedals”. And of course receiving the answer, “What ever sounds
best to your ears. While this does have some truth to it, it isn’t a helpful
answer. In the world of pedals there may not be rules, but there are some
general guidelines that everyone basically follows.
I have my personal board here and so I’m going to walk you
through how I have it set up and why.
To begin with I have
my compressor, the Deep Six by Walrus Audio. I like this to be the first thing
the guitar signal hits. I like the sound of some gentle compression at the very
beginning and a little extra sustain to push my signal all the way though the
board. I notice it brightens up my clean tone and helps my delay repeats stand
Next I am sending signal to my Micro Pog. This is a pitch
shifting pedal and is one of those that really can fit in a variety of places.
I prefer to use it before my drives, because I want the extra octaves to be
overdriven rather than add octaves to my overdriven sound. A question to ask is
do I want the sound one pedal creates to be affected by another pedal or vice
After the Micro Pog comes my drive section which I have set going
from low gain to high gain. From my drives I’m going to my volume pedal. This
is another one of those pedals where you have some options. I like to have mine
after my dynamic pedals because then my swells keep that distorted sound,
rather than swelling into the drives. The best way to decide what you want to
do here is to try moving the volume pedal to different places and see what you
From my volume pedal I move into my time based effects.
Vibrato, Delay and Reverb. Again when placing these pedals, the best thing to
think about is how you want to change your signal. Traditionally Reverb should
be last in your chain with delay right before it. However, there could be a
special situation where you want to try something a little off the wall.
Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how to order your
pedals, but more importantly and understanding of how to achieve the sound you