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Old 09-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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"Best" way to set-up pedals?

I recently bought a Way Huge Swollen Pickle fuzz (along with others, NPD's coming soon), and I have a Digitech Bad Monkey OD. I was wondering if I should run OD into Fuzz, or Fuzz into OD to get the optimal sound.

(I know there is no "best" way to run pedals, and its a matter of opinion, but I'm kind of looking for guidance with pedals.)

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Usually you want the fuzz before the OD. If you run an OD into a fuzz it overloads the fuzz's input and will turn it into a garbled mess.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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So my current set up is:

Tuner > Wah > Fuzz > OD > Flanger > Digital Delay > Analog Delay.

Yay/nay? I'm running my Mimic (analog delay) at the end of my chain because it should have a "warmer" delay because of its bucket-brigade chip, and thus should warm my signal up a bit. Again, yay/nay?
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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Seems fine, but the best way to find out what you like best is to try out different setups. I personally like running OD into fuzz. Depending on the pedals it can tighten it up or make it get crazy. If you use one pedal at a time it doesn't really matter.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:56 PM   #5
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So my current set up is:

Tuner > Wah > Fuzz > OD > Flanger > Digital Delay > Analog Delay.

Yay/nay? I'm running my Mimic (analog delay) at the end of my chain because it should have a "warmer" delay because of its bucket-brigade chip, and thus should warm my signal up a bit. Again, yay/nay?


Yeah, that's good. You could also try putting the OD in front of the fuzz and see if you like that better.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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I prefer fuzz into OD if they are both on at the same time.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:20 PM   #7
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I agree with CodeMonk, also if the wah and tuner are not true bypass then the buffers on them may screw with the fuzz also. I find this especially true with the buffer on a Boss TU-2, which I otherwise feel is one of the best buffers in any pedal without true bypass.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:27 PM   #8
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Yeah, to get an optimal tone, the signal path should go:

guitar - tuner - compressor - fuzz - distortion - wah - overdrive - noise suppressor - modulation - delay - reverb - amp.

Unless you have an effects loop, reverbs, delays, wah and modulation effects can go in the loop.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:50 PM   #9
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I always go lowest gain to highest gain with dirt. And bear in mind, the Swollen Pickle is Muff-based, and Big Muffs are famously awesome when driven by a booster, OD or compressor--ask David Gilmour, half his solos are OD-into-Muff. I'd just try it both ways and see how you like it.

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Yeah, to get an optimal tone, the signal path should go:

guitar - tuner - compressor - fuzz - distortion - wah - overdrive - noise suppressor - modulation - delay - reverb - amp.

Unless you have an effects loop, reverbs, delays, wah and modulation effects can go in the loop.

You may have different results, but fuzz into wah is one of the worst things I've ever tried.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:54 PM   #10
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I prefer my fuzz in front of my wah, and my OD behind my flanger or phaser.
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