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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Pedal stacking question


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 20th, 2019 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

In what order would you suggest stacking the following pedals for best results:
Boss DS-1
Boss BD-2
TS-9 Tube Screamer

My main amp is a Marshall DSL40C.


(This message was last edited by LHW at 06:35 PM, Jun 20th, 2019)

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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jun 20th, 2019 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd go BD-2, TS-9, DS-1.

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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 20th, 2019 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Generally, you stack the low gain drive first, the medium gain next, and the distortion last. Generally.

I mention this because it completely depends on how the guitar and amp interact with the pedals. You have to remember that the last pedal in the chain has the most dramatic effect on the tone, and can sometimes cancel the goodness you love about a pedal that comes before it.

An example would be placing the TS9 last: it adds a pronounced midrange bump to the tone, and that can be a bad thing if you need a distorted sound with a a lot of low-end thump.

There are general guidelines on pedal order because they broadly apply in most situations. But you really have to experiment with the order of the pedals, along with the guitar and amp, to really dial in the sound that appeals to you.

You can certainly plug everything in, having done no homework, and get sounds that will work. But to really get to the place where the tone makes your hair stand up, you have to put in some hours with your gear.

Pete Thorn has a few really good vids on yoochoob that provide some guidance on this and other pedal topics. Check 'em out.

Remember that all advice you collect simply provides you with a starting point. Plug things in, crank up to gig level, and see what works best for your ears.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 08:54 PM, Jun 20th, 2019)


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 20th, 2019 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, guys!!

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