Tips for pedals

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  1. dlew919

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    What tips would you have for pedals? It can be any thing from a quirk of a specific pedal, or to how to stack two or more pedals through to general advice on power or anything.

    So, I'll start

    Know what your pedal does and how it works.

    Your turn.
     
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  2. Plumber

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    drive pedals - start low gain and higher level and see how your amp responds to that before upping the gain
     
  3. VintageSG

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    Got a fancy-schmantzy new whazoo toneshifter/harmoniser/organ/mating-robots pedal?, use it sparingly. Please.
    During practice/rehearsal, if the room allows, go stand where an audience would stand. Face your amp as an audience member would. Now go turn the effects down.
    If you get an opportunity during a soundcheck, go stand where the audience stands, away from the stage. A cheap wireless unit, even if rarely used will allow for this.
    Believe it or not, wah can be overdone.
    Tuners are more important than you think.
    Home use?, as many pedals as makes you smile. Live use?, the simpler the better.
    Do not skimp on power supplies and connecting cables.
    Convention means nought. Try the tremolo as the first pedal in the chain, for example. Fun sounds may happen. Ghastly sounds may happen. You won't know until you try it.
    Buffers are not the enemy.
    True bypass does not guarantee sonic bliss.
    Read the manuals, play with the settings.
    Unless it is for effect, go easy on the reverb in big rooms. Also ask the sound guy if they're applying a smidge of reverb at the desk.
    An EQ pedal or two, preset to scoop or boost is way better than faffing with an amplifier tone stack between songs. Do not fear the EQ.
    Use marker tape/sticky dots to show your settings.
    Mark your pedals down on your set list for rehearsal and gigs. The 'tap dance of the twazzock' really breaks the flow.
    Pound shop/dollar store alkaline batteries should be bought in bulk.
    Mini pedals are great if you can see them.....
     
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    Put a buffered pedal at the start of your chain and one at the end.
    If you have an effects loop and you use your amp to get your drive, put your modulation pedals there. If you don't have a loop or get your dirt from pedals only, put them at the end and dirt pedals up front, at least to start with.
    Never, ever take something to a gig that you haven't tried during practice and rehearsal, especially if it's a multi-fx.
    Always have backup cables and batteries.
    Something will eventually fail. Learn to get through the song without it.
     
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    All pedals can be modified.

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    do what makes you happy
     
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    Don't put your pedals at the front of the stage within reaching distance of the audience, especially at an all-ages gig.
     
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    Impossible.
     
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    At the end of the day, a lot of overdrive pedals sound a whole lot alike. Save yourself some money by not buying similar circuits over and over. (Unless you really like the green ones)
     
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    Ask Kirk Hammett
     
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    A little compression goes a long way. Especially on low gain settings.
     
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    Sometimes,no pedals is ok too! :D. A simple pedalboard, that the user knows how to use, is better than a massive tone shaper board that turns people off. (Do you hear me former guitarist in my band?)
     
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    If you're using drive pedals to get a good gain sound, depending on how many different sounds/volume levels you need to access during a gig, you can probably cut down on the amount of pedals by focusing on your amp first. Getting a good amp distortion can often mean all you need is a boost or eq pedal to give your tone a little bit on top. Just mentioning this as many guitarists seem to forget it.

    Having said that though, in my opinion if you're singing as well as playing guitar, having a rig where you have to change pickups or adjust volume control on the guitar, or fiddle with the amp itself during a set is less than ideal. Much better to have things at your feet.
     
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    Save yourself a whole lot of grief and expense and just buy a decent multi effects.
     
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    I think that being willing to try extreme settings comes in handy. I think people get very " knobs at noon" oriented and miss out on potentially good sounds. Same goes for trying options and pedal placements different from what the internet tells you to do. Never know until you try.
     
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    Three gain pedals can give you 16 possible combinations. Try them all.
     
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    Effects don't have to club you over the head. Some pedals you shouldn't hear until you turn them off.
     
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    Beware the law of diminishing returns when your pedal board is worth as much as your amp.
    Invest more in amp and speakers than pedals!

    Unless Pete Cornish is on your payroll and your amps are worth as much as a small house...
     
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  20. Huey666

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    Re: wah being overdone, I'd say the same for phaser.

    If we're talking standard rock n' roll sort of playing anyway, then a phaser is best kept on a low setting (between 8 and 11 o clock on a phase 90, for instance) and not kept on all the time. They're generally quite awful for chords but ok for arpeggios and slowed-down lead lines.
     
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