Effects loops explained! In this beginner's guide, Sam takes a look at what an effects loop actually is, and runs through a few ways that you can use your pedals with your amplifier's send and return sockets.
We also get to hear how a delay sounds in an effects loop, how distortion sounds in an effects loop and more.
The traditional way of connecting effects pedals to an amplifier would be to go from your guitar, into your pedals and then into the input, or the "front end" of your amp. Now this is fine if you’re only planning on using certain effects with the clean channel of your amp, but as anyone who’s played around with pedal signal chains before will tell you, certain effects such as modulations, delays and reverbs, usually sound better if they’re placed after any overdrive or distortion pedals.
So with that in mind, if you think about the drive channel on your amp as another overdrive or distortion pedal, you probably wouldn’t want to put a delay or a reverb pedal before that in the signal chain, and that’s where an effects loop comes in, as they allow you to place effects pedals AFTER the pre-amp section of your amplifier.
In this video, we explain how to connect your pedals to an effects loop, talk about which types of effects work best in a loop, take a listen to a few examples, as well as touching on more advanced uses such as 4-cable method and using the return socket to bypass an amplifier's pre-amp stage.