“Effects Loop? What’s that? Some kind of pedal?”

Today we’ll be briefly discussing what an “Effects Loop” is for those who don’t know.

It’s important that you know what an Effects Loop is and what it does so that you’re making the best use of all the tools at your disposal. An effects loop is a very important function that most modern amps have allowing you to get your effects in your signal chain right where you want them. Essentially, an effects loop is a function that allows you to place effects in a “loop” where the amp sends the signal out to external pedals, stomp boxes, processors, etc. and then the signal is returned back to the amp, sending the signal in a loop so to speak.


Well… that’s useful

This is an important function for most modern musicians because it allows your designated effects to reside where they will be most useful and provide the best tone, allowing your spatial and modulation effects to go after the amp.

For dynamic effects, over drive, and whatever other pedals you typically place in front of your signal chain, you can keep those pedals going into the front of the amp, with the spatial and modulation effects in the loop, your effects will be unaffected. If you’re not sure how to set up your signal chain you can read our article about one of the most basic approaches here.

Using your amplifier’s built in effects loop also lets you use the “Four Cable Method”. A method used when you have a guitar amplifier with and effects loop and an amp modeler, which we’ve covered extensively in this article, so if you’re not familiar with the 4CM please click here.


I hope this article provided some insight into this very useful feature! Make sure to check out more of our articles and share with your friends, until next time fellow snobs!

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