It’s time to fix your guitar pedalboard setup.
You’re a musician, not an electrician. You don’t know exactly what you’re doing and you’re in over your head with your signal chain. It’s a mess of cables, power supplies and stompboxes. The frustration is slowly turning into anger. And you’re getting ready to chuck the whole thing out the window.
You have a lot of pedals and they don’t work well together. Some of them sound great on their own but they sound terrible when you combine them in your signal chain. You’re running out of patience and your tone is still not working as you imagine it should sound in your head.
I’m here to help! I want to show you how to get rid of that frustration and anger by fixing your guitar pedalboard setup for good.
You need some basic knowledge about how all these pedals interact with each other and which position on the board is best for each specific box that you own right now.
Almost every pedalboard you’ve ever seen is a mess. It’s not your fault, and it’s not their fault. It’s just the way it is.
You see, guitar pedals are designed to be used individually by musicians playing alone on stage. And when they’re used that way, it doesn’t really matter what order they’re in. If you have an overdrive at the beginning of your chain, and then some modulation effects, and then a reverb and delay, everything will sound fine.
But there’s a problem with this setup: when you use all these pedals together, there are some interactions between them that you can’t predict. Because each pedal is optimized for a single-pedal environment, when it interacts with the other pedals on your board, strange things can happen.
This isn’t just a matter of tone either: in many cases, pedals will literally malfunction when used in certain configurations with other pedals. In this article I’ll take you through the basics of pedalboard design so that you can avoid these problems.
You don’t have to be a pro to have a professional pedalboard. A pedalboard with a good layout is the first step in getting your sound just right. If you’ve ever felt like your tone wasn’t quite there, it’s probably because your pedals aren’t arranged in the most logical way. It’s not about having the most pedals or the fanciest ones; it’s about using them to their full potential.
This site has been created to help you create and maintain the best guitar pedal setup for your needs. We hope that you enjoy looking through our guides and find them helpful.
How to setup your guitar pedalboard is a question that comes up a lot for new players. I’ve been playing guitar for 20+ years now and it wasn’t until recently that I started to pay attention to the order of my pedals on my board. It turns out that this can make a huge difference in your tone and even playability of your guitar.
If you have a bunch of dirt pedals like overdrives, fuzzes, distortions, etc… you will notice that they will all sound different based on what order they are in. Some will sound better than others depending on where they are in the chain.
So how do you find out what is the best way to setup your guitar pedalboard? It’s actually not that hard if you understand some basic guidelines. Let me show you how I went through my own process and some general rules to follow when figuring out the best order for your guitar pedals on your pedalboard.
A guitar player spends a lot of time with their pedals. When a player is trying to think about creating music, the last thing they want to do is be tripping over cables or trying to remember what pedal does what.
When you have a performance-ready setup, you can get your mind off of the gear and back onto your playing.
This blog will show you how to setup a pedal board so that it works for you in any situation.
You have a pedalboard and it sounds like crap, right? This is because you’ve probably made one or more of the following mistakes. We’re going to talk about how to correct them, but first, let’s talk about why guitarists make these mistakes in the first place:
The biggest reason why most pedalboards sound like crap is what I call “pedalboard envy.” Any time you see a picture of someone else’s pedalboard with a bunch of cool-looking pedals, you’re going to want to get some of those pedals for yourself. The problem is that you don’t know how the person who owns that pedalboard set his or her signal chain up. You don’t know if each pedal was carefully chosen and placed for the best results possible or if he/she just blindly ordered those pedals from some website and put them on his/her board without much thought.
If you’re a guitar player, you might have noticed that some of the pedals you use look pretty similar. For example: compressor, overdrive and distortion. Why is this?
The reason is because they all change your “tone” in a similar way. Not only that, but they also share the same circuit layout inside the pedal (for the most part).
So why do we have so many different versions of the same thing?
Well, it’s because they sound different! The differences in sound are due to many factors like component values, PCB layout and enclosure shape. The list goes on…
To make things easier for you, I’m going to give you a quick overview of what “tone” actually is and show you which pedals will change your tone in a similar way. I’ll also show you which pedals are meant for specific effects like compression or distortion.