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Old 05.10.06, 10:23 AM
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Effects loop or Before the amp...

I was just wondering if putting effect pedals before the amp or in the effects loop makes any difference. i know putting effects before the amp can affect the signal if its not true bypass but does the same happen on the effects loop?

Also, do certain effects sound better before the amp or in the effects loop?

And... where would you put a tuner?
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Old 05.10.06, 10:28 AM
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Not all non-tb pedals suck tone. However, the ones that do will still suck tone if you put them in the effects loop.

Amps are sort of designed like this:
Input > Preamp > Effects loop > Power amp > Speaker

The preamp is where the tone sculpting controls will be and where some (most, in the case of a lot of amps) of the distortion will come from. The point of an effects loop is so that you can put effects post-gain.

Personally, I would either place a tuner at the very start of my signal or possibly just after a delay that I do a lot of pitchshifting with... As far as everything else, it's all up to taste. Generally speaking though, gain goes in front of the amp, modulation can go either way, delays & reverbs mostly go in the effects loop.
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Check out the official pedal order sticky thread on the top of this page for the standard ways of arranging pedals. Of course you dont have to do it the standard way if it sounds good to you to do it differently.
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Pretty much any gain effects(od, distortion, fuzz), compressor and wah go before the amp and any modulation in the loop. Of coarse this is all up to taste but I find that it is important to keep any delay based effects(delay, chorus, flanger) in the loop.
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Pretty much any gain effects(od, distortion, fuzz), compressor and wah go before the amp and any modulation in the loop. Of coarse this is all up to taste but I find that it is important to keep any delay based effects(delay, chorus, flanger) in the loop.
All good BUT, I would add to that by saying, IME, that Delay should go last in the loop, and that Trem should go last in the chain from guitar to amp.
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