The Order Of Guitar Pedals

One of the most impressive effects in the arsenal of any guitarist and many of those who start do not seem to pay much attention is undoubtedly the delay. Perhaps this lack of affection for the delay comes from a lack of accurate understanding of how it works and what it can do for us this effect which dates back to the tape recordings in the studio. No problem, that’s what we’re here… Read these below tips on ordering your best cheap reverb pedal.

There comes a time in the lives of many guitarists who come across a pedalboard full of guitar pedals, each with different functions such as distortion, delay, compression, etc. In these cases, the order of the factors does alter the product.

Whether a particular order is commonly followed to order the pedals, you have to walk you through your judgment and find the most appropriate setting for the sound you want to achieve. You may have to break certain “rules” to get to your ideal sound.

In this case, our configuration will start with the guitar and ends with the amplifier, let’s skip advanced configurations such as loop amplifiers, effects, etc., which may be more suitable for large teams with rack units, multi-effects, etc.

The primary order there is to know, and we can use as a basis is as follows:


The function of the compressor is “match” the sound, i.e., reduce high volume spikes and boost the low volume of the guitar. Attenuates the signal it receives to fit parameters that have previously decided.

Distortion and saturation

Distortion pedals, overdrive, and saturation must be placed in the first position and immediately after guitar. We want the distortion does not apply to effects that will set later, but only to collect the sound guitar.

EQs / Wha Wha

The reason why we include the Wha Wha at the same point as the equalizers is that basically, the Wha wha it does is change the frequencies of sound to raise / lower the pedal, similar to what we can do with equalization. Locate here the EQ pedal is designed to (a very brief) or retouch achieve higher frequencies distorted sound that comes from distortion pedals or saturation.


Delay, as you all know repeats the sound of the guitar X times, with different settings. Well, we want to repeat the distorted sound and equalized, but we are not interested in adding to this delay the effects that will later, such as a reverb or modulation effect (flanger, phaser, chorus …), a reverb being repeated would not sound too well, right?

Modulation effects

Sound effects for guitar are the best-known flanger, chorus or phaser. If we put these facts before emborronarían much distortion sound, what we want is to add their features subtle sound

Volume pedals

It makes sense that the volume pedal is near or at the end of the chain since its function is to lower or raise the volume of the guitar, and would not be too well down example only sound distortion and leave the original volume others sounds like the delay, modulation effects, etc. (This would happen if we put the pedal volume between distortion and other effects).


Perhaps the location of reverb is something more personal but ideally place after pedal volume control because it is an effect that we are not interested “cut” sound by lowering the volume pedal, acts independently of the other effects.

Resonances and feedback

Try this simple experiment with your pedal delay: places the feedback control to the maximum, and the time delay to a minimum. By touching, you get a curious effect of pitch, as the delayed signal is repeated so fast that feedback is generated instantly. Now think about the possibilities for otherworldly sounds and noises similar ways … Put repetitions maximum and lengthens the delay time: listen how the delay is gradually heading towards a great feedback while increasing volume as if anger I was taking hold of him. Now, with the feedback roaring, slowly swing the beam delay time and enjoy your new noise generator with which harass your bandmates in your jam sessions.

This is a good base that we know when to set the order of our delay pedals. If anyone knows some other unusual law or think you can correct any of the above comments are open to complete the article.

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