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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2005, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, first off, I just graduated to my first tubed amp, a Peavey Classic 30 and I am very pleased. I don't understand a couple of inputs, though, Effects Send and Effects Return, and have no manual. I know it is a Newbie question, but I only have a couple pedals and a couple stompboxes. The guy at the store only told me that they were for external effects, like echo chambers...Help!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2005, 05:40 PM
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Re: Effects Loop Help?

The loop is where you would usually put all your time-based effects: reverb, delay, echo. All the overdrive/distortion pedals, wah pedals, etc.. usually go in front of the amp. There are no rules though, experiment to see what sounds best. To put things in the loop you would do the following:

guitar --> amp input --> effects send --> delay pedal (for example) --> effects return --> your ears

So there are 3 cables, one between the guitar and the amp input, one going out of the effects send jack into the pedal, and one going from the pedal to effects return.

What the effects loop actually does is allow to put effects between the preamp and the poweramp. So by putting a delay pedal in the effects loop you would be taking a signal already shaped by the preamp, adding delay, and then amplifying it with the power amp. If you put it in front of the amp, you are adding delay to the signal from your pickups, and then shaping and amplifying the delayed signal.

If you have a standalone preamp (something like a POD, or a rack preamp, say Marshall JMP), you can use it instead of the amps preamp, and use only the power amp. You would do the following:

guitar --> standalone preamp --> effects return --> your ears

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 02:52 PM
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Re: Effects Loop Help?

Put your od/dist, wahs, and compressors in front of the amp input, phasers and flangers can be cool in front too.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Effects Loop Help?

Thanks for the advice, guys!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-14-2006, 07:57 AM
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Re: Effects Loop Help?

Where would you put an Eventide harmonizer? In the loop or in the front?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-14-2006, 09:10 AM
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Re: Effects Loop Help?

i use some effectively use some racks as foot pedals, cos they really suck tone, so i bypass them. any suggestions over a better way to do this???

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