#1
Hi,

Recently i had a chat with my local guitar shop and they said they in order to maintain the life of a pedal, you should first lower the volume of the pedal to 0 then switch it off. Is this true? What kind of proper care should you take when using any kind of effects/distortion pedal?
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#3
sounds like nonsense to me.
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#4
I'm not sure to be honest... you don't just turn your valve head off, you go to stand by first then off... so if your pedal has a valve in it there may be some merit in what they've said.

I'd do some googles.

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Most tube pedals don't have enough voltage on the plates to have to worry about such things. Putting an amp into standby before turning it off (which isn't strictly necessary) is to drain the filter caps, which wouldn't really be a factor in a tube pedal since the caps there are tiny.
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Hybrid amps have tubes in them and no stand-by switch.

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Most tube pedals don't have enough voltage on the plates to have to worry about such things. Putting an amp into standby before turning it off (which isn't strictly necessary) is to drain the filter caps, which wouldn't really be a factor in a tube pedal since the caps there are tiny.


Alright.Yes i have heard that for tube amps if you plan to play them for long periods throughout the day its better to put on standby that switching on and off over and over again.
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I'm not sure to be honest... you don't just turn your valve head off, you go to stand by first then off... so if your pedal has a valve in it there may be some merit in what they've said.

I'd do some googles.

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hmm but tube pedals dont have standby switches
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#9
the standby switch on an amp is to warm the tubes up before you hit them with full blast current. It really has no effect on turning the amp off. The tubes are already warm when you've been playing, so why go to standby and turn the heaters on?

I normally go to standby, then switch the amp off immediately. That's not to care for the amp, it's so that the switch will be in STBY the next time I switch the power on.

As for your pedal, just turn it off. The volume being reduced to zero is going to have no effect on it. The output of a pedal is so low it makes zero difference.
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Alright.Yes i have heard that for tube amps if you plan to play them for long periods throughout the day its better to put on standby that switching on and off over and over again.


No, it's definitely better to just turn it off.
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Or they’re just clueless. I mean, there is a reason those guys are working in a guitar shop and not working as electrical engineers.
#13
Just turn it off.

One thing you must do though is make sure the pedal is always at least 4 feet from your amp whilst playing.

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#14
I'm curious as to what 'turning a pedal off' exactly means. Switching it to bypass? Taking out the input jack? Unplugging the power? There's not really and on/off button on a pedal is there?
#15
That's a good point. The stomp switch would essentially be the standby switch. As long as it's plugged in and there's a cable in the input, the plates are getting current, so it's "on". That means there's sort of a standby built in unless you're pulling the power cord out without stomping the pedal off.
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Some multi FX pedals have an actual power switch on the back. I had an old zoom pedal that had one.

I kinda assumed he was talking about one of those MFX "hybrid" pedals with a 12AX7.
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