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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Do I need a (pre) amp for a distortion pedal?

A while ago I got a speaker cab simulator pedal, a Mooer Radar, and now I'm looking for a feasible distortion solution. Usually, what I've seen is, is that the signal chain looks like this: Guitar -> ...
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How to get that string noise buildup effect on guitar?

In a TON of hard rock songs, there is a distinctive swell of screechy string noise during a brief break in the music to create a sense of power and explosion before the music resumes at high intensity....
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What is meant when a guitar amplifier does or does not “take” guitar pedals?

I've been researching guitar amps to buy for a first-time electric guitar learner (me). Among the many types available, I've encountered a few described as "modeling" amplifiers, which appear to use ...
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Why does my guitar pedal “pop” when I click it?

I recently added an Xotic Effects EP Booster (true bypass) to my board. Everything works properly (in fact it sounds great!) except that when I turn it on or off, it makes a very noticeable popping ...
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How to learn to create the right tone for my guitar?

This is quite a generic question. Since the day I started learning guitar, I have been lazy and never tried to understand how sound really works. I plugged the guitar in the amp and just turned the ...
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What does this foot switch do?

I found what seems to be a foot switch for electric guitars in a box labeled "looper". I was curious and opened it, but there doesn't really seem to be anything interesting in it. (A power connector, ...
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Strange volume fluctuations

When I plug my electric guitar into a multi-effects pedal and from the pedal into my amp, it works perfectly. But, when I use the same guitar, pedal, and cords that were just functioning correctly, ...
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What kind of equipment do I need to hook an electric guitar up to a PC and use software effect processor?

I like to get advice about how to connect an electric guitar and a separate foot pedal to my PC. I want to use software on my PC for effects such as distortion and the likes and switch between ...
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Guitar pedals not passing clean signal when bypassed

I just went through four of my foot pedals and each one works when the effect is engaged. But when the footswitch is clicked... silence. I can't believe all three miraculously have this exact same ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a guitar pedal without trying it?

Is it a good idea to buy a guitar pedal without trying it? Or may be without trying it with especially your guitar & combo amplifier but still checking the sound on different stuff you find in the ...
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What is this tone of Clapton's? [closed]

Did Clapton use chorus nearly throughout this 1986 show ? If I am not mistaken, this tone differs from most of his career that is known to me.
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Hendrix tone using a Marshall DSL and Fuzz Face

I'm playing a strat through a Jim Dunlop Fuzz Face (Band of Gypsys edition) into a Marshall DSL5C combo. I'm looking for a starting point for getting a Hendrix-y tone. Can anyone recommend some ...
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AC versus RC gain pedals?

What is the difference between an AC gain pedal and an RC gain pedal if used individually, or is a combination pedal with both better?
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G1xon multi effects pedal - can I hear the effected guitar along with the drum beats, through headphones, without an amp?

I have a g1xon multi effects pedal on the way and for silent playing,and I was wondering could I plug it into my guitar and then hook up headphones without a amp and still hear the guitar and the ...
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Boss NS-2 crackling cutting the output

I've got a Boss NS-2 that I've used for ~6 years without issue. I recently took my board apart to redo all the effects and noticed that the output of the board was inconsistently dropping and ...
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Multieffects pedals- Do companies pay royalties to original pedal makers? [closed]

When looking into the effects list of multi-effect pedals (ex: Boss Gt6, Zoom ms50g...), the manual clearly identifies the effects that the original pedals were modeled from. And recent multi-effect ...
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Is there a third-party replacement for the knobs on a Marshall effects pedal?

I've got a few Marshall effects pedals (e.g. the Vibratrem VT-1) and I love them, except for the terrible design of the knobs. They've got a shiny chrome, dome-shaped top with a small black mark which ...
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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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Matching of the impedance for the effect pedals

I have a Vox AC4 amplifier which lack of FX loop. Hence, it is possible to add the effects only in front of the amplifier. The chain would be: Guitar --> looper --> Reverb --> Amp Because the looper ...
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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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Zoom Multieffect

Is it possible to edit patches of Zoom G3XN on PC? It would be more convinient than editing them on pedal.
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Amp modeling on multi fx pedal through an amp

I wasn't really sure where to ask this question but this seemed as good as place as any so hopefully someone will be able to help. I'm not majorly knowledgeable when it comes to gear so I apologize in ...
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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 is a buffered effects loop in a guitar amp?

I've just purchased an Orange Rocker 15 combo valve guitar amp and one of its features is a valve driven effects loop also referred to as a buffered effects loop. What does this actually mean? I'...
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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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How does the Digitech Freqout pedal work?

The DigiTech FreqOut Natural Feedback Creator allows you to get sweet, natural feedback at any volume, with or without distortion. The FreqOut is perfect for situations where volume must be controlled ...
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Balancing sound of Acoustic and Electric Guitars

My band has two guitar players. One often plays acoustic while the other one plays an electric guitar. There has always been a problem balancing the volume and the frequences. While both guitars play ...
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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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Overdrive pedal in an acoustic amp

I have the Fender Acoustasonic 15 amp and I'm wondering whether I can plug in any overdrive/distortion pedal so that when I'm playing my Fender AmSTD it sounds decent.
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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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What is the characteristic reverb effect on Fender amps?

I hope I have this right but I'm fairly sure the classic Fender amps have some special reverb sound which is more 'aggressive' than a typical reverb. I've got a feeling it's called 'snap' or 'spring' ...
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How to organize sound library of a multi effect pedal?

I'm planning to buy a BOSS ME-25 multi-effect processor. I'm wondering how to organize different kind of tones in the library. For an example, let's take Decode by Paramore. This song has a clean ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why bass eq pedal has wider range than guitar eq

Boss GE-7(standard) ends at 6.4k while GEB-7(bass) ends at 10k. I understand that bass player want more control for lows but why there is more control for highs?
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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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Can I sending MIDI program changes with Guitar Rig 5 via Rig Kontrol 3 “MIDI out” port?

I have a question regard Guitar Rig 5 (GR5) and the Rig Kontrol 3 (RK3) "MIDI out" port and I hope someone can answer. During live shows, I need to change patches on my Korg A3 and Korg SDD-2000 rack ...