So since my last post I have made up my pedalboard and have been breaking it in. The diago gigman comes with velcro for attaching the pedals firmly to the board. I will do this eventually, but for now I find it is good to let them wander a bit. It may look less tidy but you may find that small position shifts can make a big difference in terms of ease of use, especially when tap dancing to pedals in the back row. One issue that gets brought up a lot is how best to order your pedals. As you can see I have settled on the conventional order of:
Many people set things up in this way and with good reason. Normally you want the signal to go straight into filter/wah type effects because it gets the best response out of them. If you have them after a mid range-y overdrive pedal, you truncate the frequency spectrum and so the wah ends up having a narrower palette to work with. Drives come next due to the old adage “you want to effect your distortion, not distort your effects”. In other words, keep drives before your modulation and delay type effects and to preserve their subtlety. Finally reverb at the end since you generally want your reverb trails to be heard on everything. Of course, you can also use compressors or boosts, which generally should be near the front of the pedal chain, again to operate on a signal that is as unadulterated as possible. One pedal that often sits out of place is the fuzz pedal. Many fuzzes sound best straight from the guitar but of course then you may have to compromise with other pedals. For my setup I found that my Malekko fuzz sounds good both before and after the autowah, so for now I’m going autowah first. These are in no way firm rules and as always, whatever sounds best to you is the best way to do it, even if it flies in the face of convention.
In the end I settled on:
all powered by a Carl Martin Big John.
You may notice that there is one free power point and space for another pedal on the board. As it stands I need to pick up another cioks connector but I’m in no rush. I’m umming and ahhing about whether or not I should add a compressor/boost, or throw my distortion on the board. I normally play through a strat and I’m more of a fan of drives and fuzzes with single coils, plus I think I’d probably get more use out of a compressor or a boost than a gainy distortion.
What is your board like? and how do you like to order your pedals?