Video: Guitar World's Guide to Building a Pedal Board

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box of dope

yup subjective alright, ive read that a tuner is best upfront as it takes in the direct signal . and also that boosts are best last because they just boost the signal and not alter it.

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Feral Feline

I thought the vid skipped over the chorus before/after distortion issue too quickly and didn't explain why chorus should maybe go after distortion (or I missed it, but hey, it's your board, do whatever sounds good to YOU!). So I did a little digging...
Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz (ODF) can mask some effects such as chorus, which is why some guitarists/bassists find they drop out of the mix when they engage their chorus etc. To prevent your modulation/filters/delay/reverb FX from getting masked by ODF, put them after ODF. Do your homework and you'll get the most out of your pedals, for instance learn why you might want your delays/reverbs at the end of your signal chain or in the FX loop of your amp.

@ Francisca: There are MultiFX that can do several sounds at once (Line 6 M9; Zoom B3/G3 and several others), some even letting you specify the order the FX are virtually chained together. MFX are a great way to learn what FX you like and once your tastes develop you can buy standalone versions of your favourite FX. Keep that MFX on your pedalboard (space permitting) for the odd time you need that one effect you hardly ever use, yet comes in handy once in a while. Personman3 is bang on with that advice; nothing beats a PB tailored to your own specs. Have fun!

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Francisca

Hi, I would like to know what is better, to build a pedal board or to buy a multi effect pedal. Can someone answer me?
Thanks.

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personman3

There are pros and cons to both; however, the biggest issue with multi-effect boards is that it's emulating the effects and not giving you a true sound. Also, because they're trying to emulate so many effects at once, you lose the ability to use multiple types of distortion or any other effects at once. Not to mention you cannot dial in your sound as precisely as you can with multiple pedals.

P.S. It's a good feeling looking down at your pedal board and seeing a bunch of pedals and knowing that it's configuration and path is of your design and is effectively YOUR sound.

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Francisca

Thanks. I didn't know that with the multi-effect pedal it isn't possible to use more than one type of effect at once.

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mooseboy

Let's clear this up! SOME multi-effect pedals won't let you use more than one type of distortion (for example), but others will.

For instance, the Boss GX-10 gives you the flexibility to use several distortion/fuzz/overdrives if you want. Not only that, but you can rearrange the order of your effects on every patch if you want to. Try that with a "regular" pedal board!

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pearlj10

Is there an estimate to what Paul's board would cost with pedals, power supply etc, ?

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box of dope

prolly just my comp, but, where's the vid?

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