And in response to prevailing market demand, a plethora of backyard workshop-type companies have emerged, churning out an endless parade of 'boutique' stompboxes -- old schematics, slightly modified, upgraded with audiophile-grade components, given nifty names and sold for stupefying prices.
Pedalboard sizes too have reverted to the gargantuan, stage-hogging proportions of the ones used by rockstar guitarists of the 70's -- think David Gilmour's sprawling Pete Cornish pedal rig on many a Pink Floyd tour.
After the smoke has cleared, determining the correct order of effects on a pedalboard is key to getting the best tone with the cleanest possible signal out of it.
As a general rule, here's how pedals can best be arranged on a pedalboard when using them in series ie. a pedal's signal feeding the next pedal in the chain.
From the guitar's output, the order of effects will be:
- Wah pedal
- Booster, overdrive, fuzz and distortion pedals
- Pitch-altering pedals such as octavers and pitch-shifters
- Envelope filters and ring modulators
- Short time-based effects such as phasers, flangers, chorus pedals and Leslie-speaker simulators
- Signal attenuators such as volume pedals and noise gates
- Long time-based effects such as reverbs and delays