Stacking Overdrives - How do you do it?
We all have about 8 overdrive pedals on our pedalboards, right? Because we NEED that many… right? But in what order should you run them? Some say to run them from low gain to high gain - others say to run them from high gain to low gain. Is there a right answer?
One of my favorite methods is to run two low gain overdrive in series, and use the first overdrive to push the second overdrive for a heavier sound. This can get you a nice, crunchy rhythm tone, or a heavier overdrive for leads. Using this method can help you cut through the mix while playing live. Additionally, using overdrives that are dynamic-sensitive can give the impression of a tube amp naturally distorting.
Another method is to run two boost pedals in series to serve as overdrive when paired. Some good examples of two boost pedals in one enclosure are the JHS PedalsKirkland Signature (exclusively owned by John Mayer and the Flower
Pedals Poppy Dual Boost. Running any two boost pedals in series can offer some great overdriven lead & rhythm tones.
Another method is to run a low gain overdrive into a high gain overdrive. The high gain overdrive is similar to running two low gain overdrives, but with the added character of the low gain overdrive in front of it. Adding a boost pedal after the high gain overdrive can help boost the volume of your signal for solos.
If you like to run a mid-frequency focused overdrive, like an Ibanez TubeScreamer, try running a transparent low to medium gain overdrive before it. Doing so will result in added gain to the mid-focused overdrive and allow you to better cut through a mix.
🔻Overdrives/Boosts we recommend:
🔹Vertex Effects Steel String // Ultra Phonix
🔹Fulltone OCD // Full-Drive 2
🔹Xotic Effects EP Booster
🔹JHS Pedals Prestige