Help: Advice on Pedal Order

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Chris Otero, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. Chris Otero

    Chris Otero

    May 1, 2014
    Hey guys, so I recently finally decided to put together a gigging pedalboard. Its nothing special but just something to use. But heres the thing, Ive never had more than one pedal to use at a time, so Im not entirely sure on how to appropriately chain/order them on the board. I know its more of a "just plug them all in and rearrange the orders until youre happy" kind of thing as far as the sound goes, but if yall had any advice as to any preferred or recommended orders would be great.
    I have a:
    Boss chromatic tuner
    Aguilar Aggro distortion
    Digitech Synth Bass Wah
    Earthquaker Devices Tentical octave up

    Thanks in advance for any/all advice!
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  2. angst178


    Oct 22, 2009
    The order I would put those in is
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Octave should go before any other tone altering pedals, so either tuner or Tentacle first.
  4. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    I'd start wit this: (BASS > tuner > octave > bsw > aggro > AMP) just to see how it sounds and play with the order, starting with switching around octave and bsw.

    Here's a bit of theory on the subject:

    The Premier Guitar Pedalboard Survival Guide

    BOSS - Community - BOSS Users Group - Order in the Court

  5. yaksonator


    Apr 16, 2011
    Carthage, MO
    Follow their advice and then totally change it up to experiment.. pedal order is a tough thing not to change!
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  6. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    They are all correct, you have to play with sound, and also what works for some basses, does not always work for all!

    Currently i run this.

    TC Elec Poly tune2
    Creation Audio MK 4.23 (single fidelitron PUP bass needs a boost)
    Digitech Screaming Blues
    EHX Micro POG octave
    EBS Octabass
    MXR Envelope
    Source Audio Manta Bass (envelope and synth/talk sounds set up)
    Source Audio Multiwave Distortion (distortion one setting and gentle octave/distortion the other)
    MXR compression (set for slight volume boost)
    Big Bass Muff

    I have the Hot hand linked to the source audio pedals.

    It works for me, i can get double distortion if i really want, or single and have set them up differently, you my POG is set more octave up, EBS octave down, distort before or after. Same with envelope, i can distort before or after allowing more bite to the 'quack'. The screaming blues at the top with the POG can give more of a guitar tone like Royal Blood.
    If i want a nice blues tone, then the gentle fuzz does it and the dirty hum buckers on the bass provide it.

    Have fun and expand!
  7. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    I have been thinking about the order of my effects chain too.

    Currently I have it in this order.
    Union tubes subfuzz
    Diamond compressor
    3leaf proton
    3leaf octavbre
    Boss bass synth
    3leaf you'r doom
    Mxr flanger/chorus
    Ditto looper

    I think I am missing something in there
  8. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    freaks me out that nobody uses reverb anymore. i like a little reverb
  9. I like a lot of reverb.

    Last in my chain before my DI / amp.


    May 4, 2006
    Courtenay, BC, Canada
    I would try them like this:

    Diamond compressor
    3leaf octavbre
    Boss bass synth
    Union tubes subfuzz
    3leaf you'r doom
    3leaf proton
    Mxr flanger/chorus
    Ditto looper


    May 4, 2006
    Courtenay, BC, Canada
    Tuner>Synth Wah>Aggro>Tentacle The Tentacle is analog octave up so it really doesn't matter where you put it. It might sound better before Aggro, I don't know but this is where I'd start. If you like running dirt into the synth wah then put the Aggro before it. If you use the synth wah for octave down then leave the Aggro where it is. Anyway, there is no wrong way to do this, just mess about until you find a chain that you like.
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Buy an effects switching system like the Boss ES-8 and you can have them in any order you like, per preset. ;)

    Just kidding, the real answer is try for yourself and trust your ears, there is not just one correct order. If it sounds good to you and in your music then it is right.
  13. Bassmann79


    Mar 7, 2015
    Jesus, I am now at this point...wanting to keep my few pedals on a board for use. For now mine are

    Korg Pitchblack (Tuner), MXR Bass Compressor, SansAmp Programmable Bass DI, Line 6 G50 Wireless

    I am guessing the chain will be

    Amp->Line6 G50->Korg->MXR->SansAmp
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  14. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    I just got an Iron Ether Nimbus. Killer reverb...
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  15. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    thats best order imo. to me, u guessed right
  16. Bassmann79


    Mar 7, 2015
    Actually, just picked up the G50 and the chain is

    Amp->Tuner->Compresor->SansAmp->Line6 G50

    I tried the chain as I stated (was guessing) and thats not possible

    Sounds great so far! My first wireless after 20+ years of playing

    Got a gig tomorrow night, so i'm going to see all of the stage for a change. : )
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