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Where to put the effects pedals? In the fx loop or after the bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MattGreer, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. MattGreer


    Jan 27, 2013
    Denver, CO
    Right now I just have a Markbass Compressore, the bass, and a Markbass LM III. Should I put the compressor in the effects loop, or between the bass and the head? How does one decide this? Is it another "let your ears be your guide" or is there a proper location?

    Also, when I start adding effects, I'm looking at an octave pedal of some kind and a bass synth pedal. What are the pros/cons of putting them into the effects loop vs. in series after the bass guitar?

    Thank you for your help!

  2. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    The effects loop is between your preamp and the power section, so after the tone "flavoring" of your head. But effects loops aren't typically made for stomp type effects, as there's usually some volume drop, and pedals need to have enough power to drive the loop. Some pedals will sound fine, but my general rule of thumb that has always served me well (esp starting off) is to always put stomp effects between your bass and your amp. It's just more consistent that way.

    This is especially true with Markbass amps. For whatever reason their effects loops blend the signal to 50%, so you only get half of whatever effects you put into them.
  3. MattGreer


    Jan 27, 2013
    Denver, CO
    Ahh, that's excellent information. Thank you!


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