Questions tagged [guitar-effects]

For questions concerning tone-altering effects typically used for guitar or bass. Questions should also be tagged with specific effects types if applicable.

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How do I diagnose guitar effects pedal problems?

At the last two performances, I've started hearing loud random pops when the stage gets warm and I'm running my signal chain. I've swapped out pedals and changed cables and it appears to only occur ...
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I want to control the peak volume of guitar feedback and echo/delay feedback

So, I have just set up a rig which, along with other things, allows me to create theremin like feedback from my guitar, controlling pitch through various means. It gets pretty crazy at times, which ...
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How is the “fuzzy” effect in Funk bass achieved?

I'm curious about the bass in the Funkadelic and Alegria songs. It sounds fuzzy to me, but when I search "fuzzy bass effect" I get videos that give a more rock/static sound than the warm/fuzz I'm ...
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Practice techniques for footswitches

I do a lot of pedal switching. I have an RJM mastermind MIDI board which controls an Axe FX. I have two common problems when hitting a foot switch: Timing and Accuracy. Timing I would hope is self ...
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Simple delay pedal with more headroom

I'm using a Mooer Reecho in my VOX AC30CC2 effects loop. Running the amp clean, it sounds great. However, I like to drive my amp into a mild overdrive, but my Reecho can not handle this. The pedal ...
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Acoustic guitar with humbucker pickup sounds like an electric guitar, not acoustic

Last week I had played the first time with a PA. My acoustic guitar Epiphone ej160e using mini acoustic humbucker sounds more like a clean electric guitar, not like an acoustic. But why? Can ...
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Zoom patches exchange

Is it possible to use Zoom G3 (or any other from zoom family) patches on Zoom G3XN?
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Analogue guitar effects pedal not applying effect

I have a cheapo analogue guitar distortion pedal (Chord DS-50), which has worked fine for the year or so which I've had it, and actually sounds quite good. However, when I plugged my guitar into it ...
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Connecting a Looper to a Guitar Multieffects Pedal

I want to practice guitar silently via headphones using a looper (Boss RC-30) and a multieffects pedal (Im considering the Boss GT-100). The Multieffect board has an fx loop (send/return). I'm ...
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Choosing a guitar stompbox for producing moderate distortion (general advice)

I started playing the guitar about a year ago starting on an acoustic and gradually transferred to an electric. I do not have control over when I get equipment or even what I get usually so when I get ...
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How important is it to have an EQ pedal in your chain?

I have a Digitech Bad Monkey, which in my experience, is a very transparent pedal. I use it to mainly to boost my volumes during solos etc. But I've spoken to a few ...
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Auto-bass accompaniment

Is there any kind of software or a DIY-hack, that can give one the effect of having a bassist, without actually having one. Of course, I do not expect it to be half as good as a real bassist, but ...
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Am I using my noise gate wrong?

So I originally had a Behringer noise gate pedal, didn't think it was working correctly, eventually upgraded to a Boss NS2. I've put the pedal in the effects loop of my amps (a Bugera TriRec and a ...
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What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?

I was wondering what guitar effects pedals are important to get. What are the typical pedals that one might need in order to get started? What is the bare minimum and what would be the ultimate ideal ...
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Why does pedal order matter?

Why does the order in which I put my guitar/bass pedals matter? For example, why does the compressor needs to be the first one in the order?
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What does a preamplifier pedal do?

I've seen a lot of people using a preamplifier pedal. What does that pedal do? Do I need one on my pedalboard?
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How should I interpret decimals in guitar tabs?

I found this in the Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater Guitar Tab Book. The notation implies a harmonic on the second and third strings, but what do 2.7 and 3.2 mean?
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Chaining MXR Super Badass with Wah Pedal

I have a brand new MXR Super Badass and a brand new Original Crybaby Wah, separately they're both brilliant pedals however the when chained together and especially when the Wah is set to off I seem to ...
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Clean boost pedal and buffer combination

I have a clean boost pedal which lets me control the high and low cuts if my signal. Should it be used if the buffer pedal is also in the signal chain? How will the signal be effected ? I am not ...
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What pedals to get this effect?

What kind of pedals should I purchase to make my guitar sound like this (Slash, Nightrain):
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What does EXP stand for on guitar effect pedal control knob?

What does the label "exp" stand for on a guitar effect pedal? Example: there is a delay/reverb pedal with various controls - rate, repeat, tone, etc. One of the knobs is labelled "exp." Thanks for ...
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Is it possible to guess the effects chain for a solo guitar piece?

Trying to figure out the effects chain to reproduce, as closely as possible, for a solo guitar piece (from a song). How do people go about it, if there is science or structured approach behind it ? ...
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How to make swell effect on electric guitar?

The effect I'm thinking of is when you don't hear the pick attack as you play a note, but you hear the note afterwards as it seems to get louder before decaying. I suppose you can mimic this with a ...
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How Can I Optimise My Cable Layout?

I'm not entirely sure if this question is fit for this Stack, so please inform me if so! So I have a guitar, an amp with an FX loop, several pedals and one power supply. Most of the pedals are put ...
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Do I need a preamp before a line-level EQ for electric guitar?

I am building a rack guitar system based on analog, valve preamp and poweramp. I've read a lot about the power of pre-EQ, that is, having an equalizer before the preamp distortion. Since I have ...
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Distortion Pedal with Expression Pedal

Does anyone know of a distortion pedal out there that has an expression pedal to control the gain? I've used effects processors (an ancient DigiTech RP200 that I love), but I was wondering if there ...
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Recording with both a Multi-Effects Pedal and a Modelling Amplifier at the same time

I want to achieve a setup where I have a guitar plugged in to a multi-effects pedal (the Zoom G1XON to be precise) going to a modelling amp (the Marshall Code 25); I want to then use the modelling amp ...
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Chorus pedal, before or after the distortion?

As the title says, should a chorus pedal for guitar go before or after the distortion pedal? I have read about both options, and there are people using it both ways. What makes sense for me is to go ...
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Loop overdub bar

I have a question about loop overdubbing: Let's say I record with my looper a simple 2-bar melody or whatever, like: then, using the same pedal to overdub it, I record something that is one bar long ...
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Distortion effects pedal to amp

I have a blackstar ht-5r combo amp..... Would I get a clearer sound using the effects loop with my distortion effects pedal compared to plugging pedal into front amp input then using clean channel? ...
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Can these sounds be created with an electric guitar or do I need an acoustic one?

It's been a while since I owned my last guitar. It was an acoustic with nylon strings. I also played on acoustic guitars with steel strings. However, I haven't have a guitar for years and wanted to ...
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Switching amp heads with pedal

I was listening to Killswitch Engage and decided to look Adam D's rig up. He's used multiple amps and guitars, but is sparse with pedals. When reading this I started wondering how they achieve cleans ...
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'True bypass' pedal doesn't allow signal to pass through when turned off

I've never really messed with guitar pedals so I'm a little confused. I just got the Hall of Fame Reverb pedal of TC and it says true bypass on it. When the pedal is off, I don't hear anything from ...
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Is there an FX aggregator pedal that allows A/B/Y for 2 outputs?

I recently bought and set up the Boss ES8 and was very disappointed to realize that even though it has 2 outputs that can be used individually or at the same time, ALL of the effects route to both ...
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Using pedal switch in Ableton

I have the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 sound card and Orange FS-1 foot switch from my Orange amp. I use Ableton Live for recording my guitar. My question is, can I connect the pedal to the other input on ...
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Where should a buffer pedal be placed in the signal chain?

I use a buffer pedal for my signal chain. The buffer pedal, when used correctly, improves the high frequency response of your overall pedal chain. Everyone knows what it does. Where should it be used ...
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What is electric guitar signal smoothing

I read about some compressors that they are good for signal smoothing. Example: it seems to work best as a gentle compressor for general signal smoothing What does smoothing mean in this ...
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How to get a certain sound on my strat?

Sorry, I am very new to electric guitars. I have a squier affinity strat. It has factory sss pickups. I want to achieve the sounds that Slash plays in Sweet Child o' mine. When I pluck two of the high ...
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Is this an electric guitar? if so how do i make mine sound like it?

Eight seconds into this song, there is what I think is an electric guitar. Does anyone know how to produce that sound? Is it even an electric guitar?
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How to use delay with distortion/overdrive and/or a crunchy amp?

I'm pretty new to electric guitar (but an experienced acoustic player). It seems delay is used virtually everywhere both in clean setups and distorted rigs, but when I try to combine delay with ...
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Using separate fuzz and octave pedals

I'm curious as to why a person would use a fuzz octave pedal like let's say the EHX Octavix over a standard fuzz pedal with some sort of octave effect with it. Will there be any noticeable ...
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What to Replace My Line6 Pod XT With

I have a Line6 Pod XT that I connect my computer, guitar and speakers to. It is basically being used as Sound card to output sounds to speakers/headphones via USB Input for guitar to play using a ...
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How do bass effects differ from guitar effects?

I play guitar and often see people that try to use guitar effects with their basses and then share their thoughts. How do bass effects differ from guitar effects? And when does it not matter?
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Guitar Computer Setup

I have been playing acoustic guitar for awhile and I also have an electric guitar with a small cheap combo amp. Lately, I've been wanting to play more electric guitar, but find my small combo amp ...
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What does the pre shape, and EQ In/Out buttons do on my guitar?

I just bought a second hand ovation celebrity and I was wondering what some of its buttons do. Do they change the sound (distortion/loudness)? If not what do they do?
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How to get good distortion sound with SS amp on clean channel with pedals

My amp has quite good sounding overdrive channel but I cannot use it because of other effects(especially ditto looper). It does not have effects loop. I've tried two things so far: digital amp ...
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Can I use a BOSS Power Supply with a JHS Andy Timmons Drive Pedal?

I had to order my JHS Andy Timmons Drive pedal from the United States (it is not available in my country). Apparently the pedal does not use battery and requires a 9V DC power supply. I am not sure ...
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What is the difference between parallel and series effects loop

What is the difference between parallel and serial effects loop in guitar amplifier? When which one is better?
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Is 31,250 kHz enough sampling rate for guitar effect

I have guitar effect that has quite small sampling rate(31.250kHz) with oversampling and I wonder whether it is enough to convert signal from other effects, especially distortion, or it is designed ...
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Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music /effects

I stumbled upon a vey interesting post on JustinGuitarCommunity.com : Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music I want the opnion/experience of StkEX's Musicians Community ...