That Pedal Show – Pedal Order Basics: What Goes Where & Why?

That Pedal Show – Pedal Order Basics: What Goes Where & Why?

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“What is the correct order for my pedals?” It’s the first question for anyone getting into stompboxes for the first time, and will crop up again and again no matter how deep you get into the whole glorious mess. So in this episode, Daniel and Mick offer some practical advice on what to put where, and why…

Before we begin, let’s say this loud and clear for the record. THERE IS NO ‘CORRECT’ ORDER FOR YOUR PEDALS! However, there are a few conventions to follow that serve as an excellent start point when you’re trying to make a decision or solve a problem. This video explores that whole deal.

What we ARE dealing with in this video…
Basic effects order:
Boost/light drive
Heavy drive/distortion

What we ARE NOT dealing in depth with in this video…
Effects loops. Please watch this.
Volume pedals. Please watch this:
Gain stacking with multiple overdrive pedals. Please watch this:
EQ. Please watch this:

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  1. Adam Kidd on November 2, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    So… main guitar tone – a boost pedal into the front of the amp. But how do you maintain that tone and add say, a delay. If you hit the delay with the boost, it doesn’t work the same way. And delay first is weird. Delay in the loop also alters the gain structure. A delay that has a boost to bring the level back up? A boos after the delay in the loop?

    So far the only way to get the same tone WITH delay is to mic the amp and run a delay on the mic signal

  2. Bob Jack on November 2, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I started off saying I would only get one. Then one wouldn’t cut it so it became three. Before I knew it, I didn’t recognize my floor anymore. My family and friends kept telling me that I had an unhealthy obsession with pedals. They didn’t understand. Still don’t. I realized I had hit rock bottom when I was standing on a street corner offering "services". I didn’t care what kind of pedal it was or where it came from. The weirder it looked the more I had to have it. P.A. helps some. I thought I had it bad until I heard some other people’s stories. One day at a time.

  3. kcole4001 on November 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Most important revelation for me: chorus before OD, particularly relevant as I’m moving my CE-3 right now to accommodate another delay ahead of my DD-3.
    Brilliant as always, thanks guys!

  4. Tyler Fowler on November 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    The speech to text really.. um.. struggles with the word "impedance" 😅

  5. Ofir Izhar on November 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    What Is That Wah Pedal??

  6. Salsabil Ahmed Shrestho on November 2, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    The Tremolo and Compressor positioning is the most universally helpful thing ever taught by TPS. Thank you so much <3

  7. Duncan Campling2 on November 2, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I’ll try it both ways, but is the standard convention to put your transparent drives first, or the lightest distortion first? Great show.

  8. Kevin on November 2, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    26:40 – That’s a bit of Tin Spirits but I can’t place it and it’s driving me nuts!!!

  9. Karl Morrison on November 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    They didn’t take into account amps… So… compressor before amp or in the effects loop?

  10. Johnny Ryall on November 2, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    38:49 Wah-Fuzz-Modulation-Chorus-High Gain Over Drive-Lower Gain Over Drive Booster-Compression-Delay-Tremelo-Reverb

  11. Shane on November 2, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Very awkward!

  12. J Munst on November 2, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    27:21 Don’t worry buddy. I can’t hear the difference either.

  13. Tyler Jackson on November 2, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Most helpful video I have found so far on order of effects. Very clear and great examples of options. Thanks!

  14. edwin pringle on November 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I always put my compressor first. Actually I put my wah first if I’m using one, then comp, but I never play dirt before comp because it creates to much noise. The comp amplifies any noise made by gainy pedals if you put it after. That’s been my experience and I have swapped it around many times in 54 years of playing. Comp always before dirt for me.

  15. J B on November 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    There are different types of compressors. Does it have to be a compressor/limiter to work after the overdrives&fuzz, etc.? (to my knowledge, many compressors like the barber tone press are designed for the front of the signal chain and also serve as an effective boost)

  16. Kief Demon on November 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    I took a 40 minute video about pedal orders and why, and made it into a 2 hour video study of possibilities.

  17. Francis Julien on November 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    That was amazingly informative guys!! : Wah wah, Fuzz, modulation including chorus, high gain overdrive, low gain overdrive/booster, compression, delay, tremolo, reverb. 🤘Thanks!

  18. Steven Montgomery on November 2, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Name drop bell!!

  19. graham kelly on November 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Ahhhh so the carpe diem with the Scott Henderson overdrive or whatever, when played together gave a weird sound, like it has latency between the drives or something….

  20. pat lav34 on November 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks but about your videos show exatly the model on the film instead to discuss en front of you

  21. Tim Kingery on November 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Rewatching all your videos again for possibly the fourth time through. I’m in the mood to rearrange my board.

  22. Samuel Román Vara on November 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    So, can I use a mini tube screamer to boost a blues driver?

  23. Cindy Klenk on November 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    G’Day so glad I found this wonderful channel! I was never a pedal freak – and like Stevie Ray only had a Tube Screamer – but times they are a changing – 8 pedals and counting including B Boss tuner 🙂 my vintage Vox Wah and old Boss volume, now have a home. 🙂

  24. Webster on November 2, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Fuzz -> Wah -> Compressor…. C’mon boys!

  25. Hunter Brownell on November 2, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    I love experimenting with my drive orders. I’ve landed on Fuzz——>Distortion——>Lite Overdrive, and for me, it doesn’t get any better than that

  26. Steven Weber Clearwater St Pete Realtor on November 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I am up to 9 pedals, my truetone CS12 arrives today so now I get to assemble my pedal board. I just hope it all works out with no/minimal noise

  27. Samfia Drangus on November 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Name drop horn? Fucking come on guys!

  28. SQUIRE LOVA on November 2, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    "Abercrombie & Fitch is a lick contest ’round the man cave of your English buds". Who said that, I forget?

  29. Michael on November 2, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    hey gentlemen. i hope you have a second to read a long winded, heartfelt thank you. if you are, this week marks 3 years since i watched this video. my first tps video. early in 2017 i completely overhauled my entire rig and wondered about pedal order. watched this. and well. 3 years later i have the guitar of my dreams (Silverburst Les Paul), a perfectly curated and ordered 15 pedals (id love to send you a pic somehow) AND im proud to say…after playing for 18 years, my first tube amp EVER will be here tomorrow (Blues Jr. Im a bedroom/hobbyist). ive learned everything i know about tone from you guys. not only all that but ive NEVER missed a TPS post, have a fair amount of.your merch and without sounding like a weirdo, kind of consider you guys and your whole crew friends! so thank you. for everything. truly guys. (and if there’s anyway i could send you a pic of the board, id love to! i feel like you’re know how built it) cheers, Dan, Mick and the crew that help make it happen! (off for an impish dance)

  30. Theory of Mind on November 2, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    The OD before the compression blew me away. It was exactly what was wrong with my setup. Now, with the compressor after the OD, life seems to be good again 😀

  31. J. Marsden on November 2, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I played back and forth with my wah and fuzz order for awhile and settled on fuzz after to get that crazy accentuated wah. That’s the beauty of pedal experimenting though and I’m glad you guys are all about no order being the one true pedal order.

  32. SQUIRE LOVA on November 2, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Where should I put my Harpo Marx horn pedal though. It’s kind of indespensable.

  33. Ash Richards on November 2, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Its clean boost…yeah..if you look in the box thers nothing there…cost you 200 dollars tho..

  34. Jim mcguinness on November 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    When you said you’d been to NAM I thought you meant the war. Silly me, that shows my age

  35. jimmythefish on November 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    So what about vibrato? I was running OD > vibrato > tremolo > delay > reverb but after this have swapped to OD > delay > vibrato > tremolo > reverb. When you think about a vibrato on the guitar, however, it’s first (before OD etc). Should I put vibrato first? I think so.

  36. Robert Simmons on November 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Does all this apply to my line 6 HD500X when I’m making preset patches as well

  37. bigbb70 on November 2, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    So how would you order my set up? I have a cry baby, a tu-3 tuner, a ehx lpb 1 boost, sd 1 overdrive, ds 1 distortion, a nano big muff, a mxr dyna comp and a ditto looper. My amp is a peavey classic 50 212 combo

  38. NoBrakes on November 2, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    nobody has an actual tremolo pedal on their board.

  39. Band Ninkasi on November 2, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I found this to be a very informative video. Great jobs PHS 🙂

  40. Chris Poore on November 2, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I tried my keeley Aria in reverse and after my boss super od with my Strat and it was great. But with my Les Paul not so much w humbuckers

  41. Romdos11 on November 2, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The order you say to try at 38:47 is TOTALLY different than the order listed above under "Show More". Which is it?

  42. Murat K. on November 2, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    How about Flanger?

  43. Brian Fitzpatrick on November 2, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Cripes! I’m in the middle of deciding where to put things on my board (again) and decided to use some of your old vids for help. The germanium thing?! I was intending to put a Moose nomad fuzz with both silicon and germanium diodes (switchable) with a Hudson Broadcast (germanium transistor?) and a box of rock (fet ???) … so with this in mind, pedal order should be … Broadcast -> Fuzz -> Box of rock? ……. I also have an OCD and a Hudson Sidecar here. God, I’ve got to the point where i have to leave stuff out……….maybe i could squeeze the sidecar in there?!

  44. Kevin Guerrero on November 2, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Equal thanks to Dan and Mick. This video literally started my tone exploration. Bought a used Rainbow Machine and wanted to know how to best manipulate it. Stumbled on to this video (5th time rewatching it as I type) and was beyond inspired. Keep doing what you do.

    PS Dan try compressor->Russian big muff->blues driver. Really gives the blues driver some balls

  45. Tom on November 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    At 21:59 where summary of everything so far is, where is the overdrive pedal is it before or after the fuzz?

  46. Jeff Briggs on November 2, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Love the chicken picking!!

  47. nativeson No.1 on November 2, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    So good! You should teach that in schools..or Oxford maybe. Better both.

  48. יעקב קרויצפלד on November 2, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    What about an "always on" compressor ,should it be at the start of the chain or after gain stage pedals?

  49. rusclemania7 7 on November 2, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve been way too low gain centric with my pedal choices. Just getting into fuzz and higher gain and stacking multiple delays and reverbs… Thanks That Pedal Show and The Pedal Zone!

  50. AliKiani7887 on November 2, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Eventually , Fuzz before od/dist/fuzz or after those pedals?

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