How to Arrange Guitar Pedals?

How to Arrange Guitar Pedals – Having a pedalboard with various types of effect pedals is probably one of the goals or goals of every guitarist in equipping his combat gear. Although they don’t need various types of effects pedals in their pedalboard, at least almost all guitarists have certain criteria in filling out the pedalboard they use or the new pedalboard that will be made. So what should we think about when we want to make our own pedalboard?

Maybe there will be a lot of input from our friends when we start making our own pedalboard, whether it’s from what effects we will use, how big the size is, what pedalboard material, how to bring the pedalboard, etc. dizzy where to start first.

We have discussed several types of effect pedals ranging from “gain-based effect units” and also time-based effects (can be read in articles in December and January), as well as various other types of effects such as the wah pedal, Pitch Shifter, tuner, chorus, etc.

How to Arrange Guitar Pedals

What Kind of Effects We Need

Size Matters

The choice of pedalboard size whether it’s large, small, or medium will return to the number of pedals we use, or at least what we want to have on our pedalboard later. If we only use 3-5 pedals (standard size) and don’t intend to add any more effects, then a small pedalboard will be enough to accommodate us for quite a long time.

However, if the case is that you currently have 5 pedals and want to add 1-3 pedals in the future, it might be better if you have already prepared with a bigger pedalboard. When choosing a size, we must also think about the layout of the placement of the pedals and also the cable path between the pedals that we use.

Buy So or Make?

As we know, there are many ready-made pedalboards that we can get in the market, with sizes and other additional features such as cable management, Hardcase, etc. Or there are also those who do accept custom-built according to the needs of the buyer, complete with features that are also according to the wishes of the buyer.

Which one is better? The answer is how quickly we need the item. Or there is also a third option, namely DIY or “Do It Yourself”. Maybe not the best option, because we are the ones who do everything, starting from the selection of materials, design and also the workmanship. Unless you really have skilled hands or really want to learn more deeply on how to make a pedalboard.

Layout (How to Arrange Guitar Pedals)

Before we start installing the ‘velcro’ on the effects pedal we have, it’s a good idea to find out the most efficient and easy-to-use layout for us. The easiest way is to place the pedals that we use most often in the place closest to us, so that we can easily reach them with our feet. And if we have found a layout that is more or less suitable, there is nothing wrong with doing a simulation by playing a song and imagining the situation on stage.

Pedal Sequence

If we talk about pedal order, it might be a good idea to divide it into two parts. The first is the ‘ideal’ way, and the second is the ‘individual’ way.

The ‘ideal’ way is a way of preparation based on practical considerations. For example: placing the reverb in the last order compared to before the distortion pedal, the reason being that the reverb works “blah blah blah” and also has a “blah blah blah” impedance so that it will make the sound unclear or ‘muddy’.

While the ‘individual’ method focuses more on how the pedals produce the sound we want. For example, some guitarists place the wah pedal before the distortion, but there are also those who place it after the distortion because they want to get a dirtier sound.

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Well, even though there is no right or wrong term in this second method, in practice it will be easier if we first understand the basics of using effects pedals, and of course, multiplying references will be very helpful than doing full experiments in our own way, which is for sure will take time and cost.

In general, the placement of the effects pedal is divided into several parts:

  1. Pedals such as Wah, Pitch Shifter, harmonizer, and dynamic pedal (compressor)
  2. Gain-based pedals (Distortion, overdrive, fuzz, boost, and EQ pedals)
  3. Modusion Pedal (phaser, chorus, flanger, etc.)
  4. Time-based Pedals; Echo, delay, tremolo, reverb.

For example, if we had a distortion, wah, compressor, and reverb pedal, the order might be like this: wah -> Compressor -> Distortion -> reverb.

For friends who are still confused about How to Arrange Guitar Pedals and the pedal criteria above, you can look at some of the previous articles. In the next article, maybe we will discuss some of the recommended pedals for each of the criteria.