#1
So in a pedal chain with both an O/D pedal and a distortion pedal, which should come first. Specifically for boosting solos to cut through the rest of the band.

I know theres a million and one pedal board topics asking what order shit should go in but i DID search and couldnt find one relating to this specific topic.

Thanks you for your help
#2
the one that is going to be louder should be last, although I don't do that, I just use my lead channel for boosting. I go compressor->overdrive->distortion->amp and crank the volume on the overdrive to change the way my distortion behaves.
#4
There's no rule here. It really depends on the individual pedals. Some pedals just prefer to be in a certain order while others are less discerning. Try both and see how they effect each other. Personally, I'd be more inclined to hit the heavier distortion with the lighter OD (so OD first, into distortion) but that's just based on the pedals I own, your results may vary.

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I put my O/D before the distortion. My set-up is: guitar>wah>tuner>compressor>O/D>distortion>metal core>noise gate>flanger>delay>amp. And as rob904 says, you can also use your O/D as a booster for your other distortion pedals. Check out the Boss pedal site too on setting-up a pedal board.
#6
if you use them at the same time`i would lead with the cleaner pedal first.

what pedals are we talking about here?
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I put my O/D before the distortion. My set-up is: guitar>wah>tuner>compressor>O/D>distortion>metal core>noise gate>flanger>delay>amp. And as rob904 says, you can also use your O/D as a booster for your other distortion pedals. Check out the Boss pedal site too on setting-up a pedal board.

You put your wah first :O...I've never done that...I though it was against the rules...trying something new today
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Wah is always supposed to be first, at least that's the general consensus. That's really one of the only pedal chain order 'rules.' Obviously its not a rule since you do differently, but generally that is the best place to keep excess noise down from the wah.
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I've tried my wah in different places in the chain, but have always gone back to putting it first. Just like the way it sounds there.
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Wah is always supposed to be first, at least that's the general consensus. That's really one of the only pedal chain order 'rules.' Obviously its not a rule since you do differently, but generally that is the best place to keep excess noise down from the wah.

through the various forums I went around on when I got my wah, I camt to the consensus that it should go last. The logic was/is all that treble going through distortion and overdrive=bleeding ears. That said I've never tried it, and with everything I've bought since the wah I can't believe I haven't yet.
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Really? I thought everyone had their wah first. Like was already stated, that's one of the few "rules" of the chain. Y'know, wah first, delay/loopers last, etc.
#12
Some wahs really don't take well to going after distortion.
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Really? I thought everyone had their wah first. Like was already stated, that's one of the few "rules" of the chain. Y'know, wah first, delay/loopers last, etc.


There's no real rules per se, although that said you'd usually want the Wah first since it's affecting the base sound, hence you'd typically want to have the cleanest signal flowing through your wah.

Again there are no rules as to whether it's dist before OD, however, I like my low gain pedals AFTER my high gain, that way I can use the low gain pedals to fine tune the high gain sound. However, you should try it both ways and see what gives you the best sound, it's less about rules and more about what sounds like it'll cave your chest in.
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Hmmm, two differences in opinion. Looks like i'll just have to try them out and see what works, like i say id generally be using the o/d for a solo boost
#17
Note that if you're playing with high distortion, punching in more gain will only compress your signal further and push you further into the background... which is the last thing you'd want for a solo boost.

Hence, having more gain may not always be the solution for a solo.
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