#1
quick Q this one,

can someone tell me what an effects loop is? im guessing its something got to do with looping a pedal around the other pedals to get rid of the side effects or what not, im i nearly there?
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#2
No, it's an input and output jack in the back of the amp. Instead of running your guitar to a pedal then the amp, the effects loop adds the effect between the preamp and the poweramp. From what I gather, some effects sound better this way but some don't.
#3
DON'T use pedals through your effects loop. the loop was meant for rack effects, which operate at a line level volume. if you use pedals with your effects loop, it might blow the pedals for good, which you dont want.
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#4
I dont know everything about effects loops, but I can tell you that you dont need a rack unit to use the damn thing
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#5
There is usually a current limiter on the loop, usually on the back panel. In the case of Marshall amps, it can be switched between -10dB and +4dB. Use the less powerful (-10dB) setting to keep the current through pedals low enough that they shouldn't blow out. The higher setting (+4dB) can be used on rack effects as they have a much higher tolerence. It's not that damn sensitive either, I ran some pedals on the high setting accidently for a while, and nothing bad happened. I wouldn't purposely push my luck though. Hope I could help.
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#6
Quote by tubab0y
DON'T use pedals through your effects loop. the loop was meant for rack effects, which operate at a line level volume. if you use pedals with your effects loop, it might blow the pedals for good, which you dont want.


That is NOT true at all.

The effects loop is just a way to run your pedals between the preamp and poweramp, rather than before both (as would be the case if you plugged them into your amp's input). Basically the idea is to run the effects AFTER the distortion is added. Put a way in the effects loop and then compare it to the sound when plugged into the input.

Some effects sound better in the effects loop, so play around and find what sounds best for you.

The only downside is you're going to need extra cables. One running from the effects send to the pedals, and one back to the effects return.