Pedal Order Basics: What Goes Where & Why?

Published on Feb 12, 2016

“What is the correct order for my pedals?” It’s the first question for anyone getting into stompboxes for the first time, and will crop up again and again no matter how deep you get into the whole glorious mess. So in this episode, Daniel and Mick offer some practical advice on what to put where, and why…

Before we begin, let’s say this loud and clear for the record. THERE IS NO ‘CORRECT’ ORDER FOR YOUR PEDALS! However, there are a few conventions to follow that serve as an excellent start point when you’re trying to make a decision or solve a problem. This video explores that whole deal.

What we ARE dealing with in this video…
Basic effects order:
Boost/light drive
Heavy drive/distortion

What we ARE NOT dealing in depth with in this video…
Effects loops. Please watch this.
Volume pedals. Please watch this:
Gain stacking with multiple overdrive pedals. Please watch this:
EQ. Please watch this:

As ever, all effects and amp routing is handled effortlessly by TheGigRig G2. For more on G2 see

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