Effects Pedals - A Guide to the Order of Effects

What order should I have my guitar effects pedals?

This question arises time and time again and now it’s time to find out which is the best order for your guitar effect pedals! Although there’s no concrete, strict order you must have them in, there are some ways of getting the best out of them for optimum tone!

1) Tuner

First in line should be your tuner, it’s ideal to have your guitar going straight into it so none of the other units can alter the signal as this may cause the reading of the note to change. For example if you had a vibrato before your tuner and it was switched on you would get some weird readings and it would be almost impossible to get it in tune!

2) Wah

Wah Wah sounds great either before or after a distortion or overdrive stompbox, really it’s down which sound you like best. Having it before your drive pedal can give the wah more control over the signal allowing for a cleaner sweep and better response. Hendrix had his wah before the drive too so there’s reason enough to try it in the same way! Above all with this one, use your ears, what sounds best?

3) Drive / Distortion

Get these positioned after the wah and before any modulation, here you’ll get a much better response from as it won’t be affected by things like pitch shifters, tremolo, chorus etc… Drives work well with the dynamics of your playing so it’s good to get it in before all of those qualities are sucked away and altered....

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