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Arrange my pedal board

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MattyH, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Hey all.

    So I play regularly. And every now and then I'll scoop up some pedals, get rid of them, get more, then trade some, then get other ones, etc etc. I've now found what I want/need. And it's not that I don't know how to set up a pedal. But I want the communities opinions on getting optimum clarity and tone through the chain. So here's what I have.

    MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe
    DOD Bass Overdrive
    Boss Bass Equalizer
    MXR Octave (soon)
    Boss TU-2 Tuner

    I may add a Hartke Bass Attack pedal too. But not right away.

    So, Arrange these for me from Amp end to Bass end so I can get everything I need out of my signal properly!

    Thanks everyone, much appreciated! :bassist:
  2. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
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  4. It's easier to picture the chain starting from your bass:

  5. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    I would go bass into tuner into fuzz into octave into overdrive into eq into amp. Not saying its right as everyone has an opinion on pedal arrangement but that is what I would do. Good luck.
  6. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Cool guys I'll try that out. That's close to what I've been doing. Maybe I'll switch up the EQ at the end next time to see if I notice anything different. I usually had it right after my tuner.
  7. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Octave should go before dirt.
  8. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Cool. When it arrives I'll switch and swap. But you seem pretty sure!

    Thats my only problem. Everyone is going to be "pretty sure" in their suggestion. So I'm gonna need to take the majority, and really just "live test" it. This was mostly just in case I was doing something totally stupid, but it turns out I just needed some minor adjustments.
  9. I have always gone dirtiest to cleanest. The eq could go in front or back. Consider this: add a second eq to have one pre-effect and one post-effect. Tailor the signal going in for the best signal to drive the effects, then re-eq the output from the pedals to the amp. Thanks go to Tom Scholz for that tip. Enjoy the new toys!
  10. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Octaves are usually pretty picky on tracking so you'll want as clean a signal as possible.
  11. old-fashioned


    Mar 25, 2005
    My tuner (Boss TU-2) is the last in the chain, so it can mute everything before itself. For example I can safely unplug my other pedals when the tuner is on. One day you may need to do this. It's great for quicker troubleshooting on pedals on stage.
  12. Harlan


    May 30, 2011
    Central Mass
    Bass Player magazine had an article on that exact thing about a year ago. I don't remember the issue it was in but you may be able to search it online. If I remember correctly, they gave reasons for having the effects in a certain order.
  13. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Thats true. But having my bass run into the effects first, then the tuner to the amp won't disrupt any signal? And if I were to try this, could I go:

  14. Fender05


    Oct 20, 2008
    Keep in mind that every effect will effect everything placed after it in the chain. Seems simple, but some people don't think of it that way. For example, if your EQ is in the front and turned on, everything after it will have the EQ'd signal. If your EQ is at the end, it will have a (possibly) dirty/octaved/whatever signal going into it, which will drastically affect what comes out. All that said, there is no "right" or "wrong" way, so experiment, have fun, and if it sounds good to you, then it's right.
  15. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Thats a cool idea for sure, but I haven't noticed anything lacking on the effects side. The one EQ I have seems to really work wonders across the board (literally). So I think I'm good with just the one. But it certainly is a cool idea, and something I'll remember if my board grows to a larger size.
  16. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I would try Bass-Tuner-EQ-Octave-OD-Fuzz-Amp. If you add the Hartke Bass Attack, I would try it at the end of the chain.

    You could switch OD and Fuzz around to see what sounds best to you.
  17. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Yea I like experimenting haha. And what you say makes sense too. So what you're saying is if I want everything effected by the EQ, run my bass into that first, then the effects into the amp?

    I should mention my EQ stays on 100% of the time, and it was placed at the end. So I never noticed if I'm getting different EQs throughout the board or not. Maybe moving it bass side might drastically effect my sound (for the better? :cool:)
  18. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    I must say I like the idea of breaking the mold and running the Tuner into the amp side, incase I need to cut the signal for an on the fly cable switch or troubleshoot.

    What do the experts feel about:

    Bass > EQ > Octave > OD > Fuzz > Tuner > Amp?
  19. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    I can't stand having to turn off pedals and change the state of my board every time I need check my tuning. My tuner is the first thing after my input selector always. Just weighing in.
  20. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Can you elaborate? What are you needing to turn off to check your tuning and why?
  21. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Any distortion is going to affect the tuner's ability to track. High gain, pitch shifters, chorus, delay, etc. all need to be bypassed if you put your tuner at the end of your chain. If you have low B this is even more critical I think. Just my opinion! You can make it work wherever you want and you'll learn where you like it. :)

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