Common Pedal Myths⁠

Updated: Aug 7

We've all heard them... The "rules" that people swear by. But are they even true?

✔︎ Myth 1: Overdrive & Distortion Are the Same. Overdrives emulate the sound of a tube amplifier “driven” hard enough to naturally break up. A good overdrive sounds natural and warm. Distortions emulate a totally saturated gain channel, with the ability to dial in hard–clipped tones without having to drive your amp.⁠

✔︎ Myth 2: True Bypass Pedals Are Better. We all want our signal to pass through our pedal’s circuitry completely unaltered when the pedal is off, but true bypass can’t solve the problem that your signal can make it all the way to the amplifier completely intact. To solve this issue, add a buffer to your board. Buffered pedals are often disregarded, but they can maintain your signal’s integrity. ⁠

✔︎ Myth 3: Vibrato & Tremolo Are the Same. It’s simple - tremolo modifies volume; vibrato modifies pitch. They are not the same.⁠

✔︎ Myth 4: Effects Loops Suck Tone. An effects loop is the insert point between an amplifier’s preamp and the power amp. Time–based effects. like delay, and reverb, tend to suffer tone loss when run through preamp distortion and compression. So, routing it through an effects loop can alleviate that issue. If your effects loop is passive, consider placing a buffer on the Return to maintain signal integrity.⁠

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