Yesterday I did a workshop/clinic on guitar effects in general and I talked about my pedalboard. I often get many questions about my setup, therefore I’ll post a couple of pictures of my current board below, and give a couple of tips concerning how to set up your pedalboard.
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My order of the effects
It can be very hard, if not impossible to figure out how the signal runs through all these boxes from the pictures above – so here is the order.
My guitar runs into:
Buffer – Reiff edition – hand built by Lars Vad
Wah – Cry baby
Tube overdrive – Radial
Compressor – Empress
Booster (and overdrive)
Phaser – Empress
Tremolo – Empress
Chorus – Retro Sonic
Delay – TC electronic
Delay – Empress
… and back to the buffer, that sends the signal to my amp
I have a reverb unit sitting in the effect loop on my amp.
Three tips on how to set up your pedalboard
- If you, like me, have spent a lot of time finding a really nice guitar and amp, and you love the sound of your guitar directly into the amp, buy a buffer. Even though I spent many hours checking out the pedals I’ve bought, and was sure that they changed my bypassed signal a little as possible, the overall sound was affected when I inserted just a few of them into my signal path. The clean “true bypass” sound was definitely not the same … it was weaker with less high end and I missed definition in my tone. Setting a buffer as the first pedal with all the other pedals in the buffer’s loop fixed this.
- Put your wah pedal in front of your compressor, so the comp can help you in keeping your levels under control, and equal out the frequency boosts that normally appear when using a wah. If you also have your overdrive after your wah, it’ll work kind of the same when soloing or playing rhythm parts with overdrive and wah together.
- Put your volume pedal after the overdrives, distortion or fuzzes in your chain – but in front of delays and reverb units. That will make it possible to control several things in “realtime”. If your overdriven lead sound is a little too aggressive you can turn down the level on your guitar and that way your overdrive should clean up the tone a bit. But if your overdriven sound is absolutely like you want it, but too loud, you can adjust the level with your volume pedal, without changing the amount of overdrive … only the level. If you place your volume pedal in front of your delays and reverbs it also allows you to fade in a note or chord, and fade it out again with the tail from your delay and reverb fading out in a very nice way.
I hope you’ll have fun with your setup, and that you can be inspired by this. Remember, that you also can visit my site www.sorenreiff.com if you are interested in reading more about my setup and guitars or anything related to that … or you can ask me here on this blog, and I’ll try to answer.
All the very best