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Effects Placement

Q: I have a new guitar amp with an effects loop, and I’m trying to figure out which of my effects should go in front of the amp and which should go in the loop. Can you help?

A: Generally, pedals that do gain (boosts) or dynamics (compressors) processing; EQs, filters and filter-type pedals (wahs); and overdrives and distortions go in front of the amp. Most players put time-domain stompboxes and processing in the loop. This includes delays, chorus, reverb, and so on.

Other pedals, such as loopers, volume pedals, slicers, tremolos, vibratos, and so on, can go in either location.

And, as always, there are no rules. Try your pedals and processors in both locations and in different orders. Whatever sounds good is good!

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