Placing mutiple effects in a fx serial-loop

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bazzneb, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. bazzneb


    Oct 31, 2001
    Holland Den bosch
    A few months ago i'd bought some guitar effects,
    but i still haven't figured out how to place them in my fx loop. esspecially in what order.

    I've got:
    boss distortion
    dod wah\volume
    boss fuzz
    boss compressor sustainer

    Can someone help me with that.

  2. dont use the effects loop for those effects and considering the types of effects the order is really in what sound you like best... the compressor should probably go first (or is that last someone help me out here im tired)... some people say distortion before wah some say wah before distortion. It is all about the sound you want and how you set your gain. Experiment. I have my setup following wah then dist. but you may want to just add in your fuzz before the wah to get a good chirp from it.
  3. bazzneb


    Oct 31, 2001
    Holland Den bosch
    I want to use the distortion and fuzz for the treble boost, but when i place the wah before the distortion i've got my treble boost but when the wah is closed (bass) the distortiond(red.) signal is pushed away. But when i switch the effects the distortion sound is good but the wah sounds horrible?

    I have tried to put the wah and / or distortion before my pre-amp but it made no difference.:confused:

  4. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

    First, I wouldn't recommend using any of these effects in the loop. They generally sound better in front of the amp. Why? Because the effects loop is usually buffered. This is sort of an electrical shock-absorber that keeps the pedals from loading the signal too much. They also make the pedal less sensitive to the input from the guitar. Secondly, these pedals are usually designed for the impedence from an active or passive bass. (Some are switchable, such as EBS for different impedences.) The impedence from an effects loop is usually lower. (This difference is much less with active bass, of course.)

    Of course, if the effects are not true-bypass, they will weigh-down the signal. (Loss of tone.) The way you can tell if the pedal is true bypass is remove any power source, and plug it in. If you can hear your guitar when the pedal is in the off position, it is true-bypass. If it if not true-bypass, and you don't like the way it is effecting your tone, then you will need a bypass-loop pedal. See for that.

    Second, the "traditional" way to set up these pedals is compressor, then distortion, then wah. Start with this setup. See if you like it. If the compressor is set to high, the wah effect will be diminished. A mild compression is good for cleaning-up and boosting the signal to the distortion or wah. Compression into distortion almost always sounds best.

    I am not clear what you mean by the last comments. Would you please re-state the problem?