How To Set Up Guitar Pedal Effects

In today's world, the guitar is one of the most famous musical instruments commonly used by all ages.  Most guitar players long to have that unique soundscape nirvana that is vital for their signature sound.  Some may call them multi-pedals and overdrive pedals while others know them as boss pedals, acoustic pedals or metal pedals.  No matter how or what you may want to call them, it all boils down to one thing.  These sound enhancements can provide you that certain effect and "vocal" control that you've always wanted.  To guarantee you a unique sound experience whether for your live performances, in a recording studio or just in the comfort of your own home amongst friends, just follow these simple steps on how to set up your guitar pedal effects effectively.

  1. Prepare your guitar, guitar pedal, amplifier and guitar cables.  You need to have at least two guitar cables.  All the equipments are available in any music store.  Be sure that the cable ends or jacks are ¼ inch in size.
  2. Ensure that all your equipments are turned off.
  3. Examine your guitar pedal.  You will see two outlets labeled “input” and “output.”  Take the first cable and plug it into your guitar.  Take the other end and plug it into your guitar pedal's “input.”
  4. Connect the second cable to your guitar pedal, where it says “output.”  Then take the end of this cable and plug it into your amplifier's input.
  5. Double-check the connections.  Make sure that all your cables are plugged in securely.  You may want to take your time while following the first three steps.
  6. Once you are sure that all the connections are secure, you're all set to turn on the power.  First, turn on your amplifier, then your guitar pedal (if your pedal automatically turns on and has no power button, just proceed to the next step).
  7. Activating your guitar pedal requires you to step on it.  It is common to find a little red light on the pedal that indicates it is on and connected properly.
  8. Do a sound check to ensure that all equipments are working.  Begin by strumming your guitar while stepping on the pedal.  Listen and take note of the sound that you hear, and then step on the pedal again while strumming.  If the sound you hear changes, this is an indication that your equipment is working properly including your guitar pedal.  Adjust the volume of your amplifier as well as the volume of your guitar pedal to increase or decrease its effect.  Once you are fully satisfied, you can start playing and experimenting with your guitar and the newly set-up pedal.

Here are some things you need to remember:

  1. To avoid the risk of electrical shock and damage to any of your equipment, it is extremely important to make sure that your hands are dry and not wet or damp before touching and connecting any electrical cables and tools.
  2. For future reference on functionality and settings of your guitar pedal, it would be a good idea to keep your manual.
  3. If you hear any static while the pedal is turned off, this indicates that you may have to recheck the cables. They may not be plugged in properly.
  4. If you're using a battery powered guitar pedal, make sure you unplug all guitar cables after using to ensure longer battery life. 

So, what are you waiting for?  By following these basic, easy steps, you will surely be on your way to guitar stardom in no time.  Have fun!


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