Introduction to the Pedal Chain

Effects can be an overwhelming topic for many guitar players who are first starting out, and even armed with all the knowledge you've obtained throughout this chapter it can be quite the journey to find the sounds and effects that are right for you.

Just remember that the greatest rock guitar tone generally goes the shortest possible route from your guitar and into the amp, meaning through as few effects as possible! The reason for this is that the more pedals you send your signal through, the more of your raw guitar tone you lose. So until you're absolutely in love with a certain effect - whether that's the wah pedal, the flanger, or any of the other effects - you don't need to worry about it.

But in this tutorial we'll assume that you have found a handful of effects that you want to use more or less every time you play. I'll show you how to combine them with patch cables, different ways to power them up, which order to put them in, and much more. So let's get to it!

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