Readers only interested in a list of my pedals in signal chain order are encouraged to skip this post and check my profile. For those of you who might be interested in WHY I have them in the order I do:
My pedal board begins and ends in the same place, a Radial Bassbone. All of my other pedals are in the effects loop of the Bassbone. Why? Because I use it for two different reasons: matching the levels of two different basses, and as a DI. If I put my pedals before the Bassbone, I can only plug one of my basses into the effects portion of my signal chain. If I put them after the Bassbone, they don't go to front of house. So they go in the effects loop: problem solved.
A lot of the rest of my signal chain is built around where I like my compressor. Basically there are two big factors here. One, I want my autowah before my comp, because I want the comp to tame some of the resonant peaks, and I don't want to compress my signal before hitting a dynamics-based effect. Two, I want my dirt pedals after my comp because I find that adding compression to a dirt pedal kind of tames it (to my ear anyway).
One of my favorite effect combos is octaver plus autowah. I've tried it out both ways, and I strongly prefer the sound of the octaver first.
So the above considerations give me the signal chain order for the first three effects: octaver (Boss OC-2), followed by autowah (EHX Enigma Q-Balls), followed by compressor (Markbass Compressore).
To explain the next portion of the chain, I need to explain that I really don't care for the sound of chorus + dirt, but I often want to switch between the two instantaneously.
My solution starts with the first pedal after the compressor, a fuzz (EHX Bass Big Muff Pi). This pedal has an effect out and a dry out. I use this to split the signal between a dirt and non-dirt channel.
From the effect out of the Muff, I go to an overdrive pedal (HBE Hematoma). Now, if using them together, the Hematoma sounds way better before the Muff than after. But that wouldn't allow me to use the two channels from the Muff to accomplish what I want to accomplish, so as a compromise, I don't use both of these pedals at the same time. From the overdrive I go to point A of an A/B box (EHX Switchblade +).
From the dry out of the Muff, I go to a Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus, and then to point B on the A/B box.
Now I can have a dirt pedal switched on, have the chorus switched on, and switch between the two tones instantaneously using the A/B box.
From there it routs back to the return on the Bassbone.
Aren't you glad you asked?