Useful Tips on How to Plug and Use Guitar Pedals

Understanding the basics of guitar pedals is already confusing for beginners; meanwhile, plugging and using guitar pedals for a song is another head-on challenge.


Guitar pedals aren’t as friendly as you think; however, if you start to realize how it works, using the guitar effects pedals during a show or when accompanying a song will feel like as if it was normal as breathing.

To help you get used to using guitar pedals inside a pedalboard, here are some useful tips on how to plug and use guitar pedals, which are also found at this reliable website But before that, you should consider these following essential factors:

  • How will you use the guitar pedals? What genre of music exactly?
  • The right ‘signal flow’ of pedals will affect the melody or tone of the entire music.
  • It is imperative to use the right power source for your guitar effects pedals.

Tip#1: Buy a new set of cables

In a normal set-up, you need to plug the guitar directly to the input jack that you find on the amp; however, if you add the guitar effects pedal to the rig, it requires a few things. And one of those essential things is to buy a new set of cables.

Adding a set of guitar pedals on the rig requires a cable to plug into the pedal’s input and another cable for the pedal’s output. Fortunately, cables today are designed with labels in it; however, if you find none, just remember that the input is often placed at the right side, while the output is at the left side of the pedal.

Tip #2: Turn everything off

If you have all the accessories and main instruments prepared, make sure to turn everything off before trying to plug the wires in, especially the amp. Make sure to turn off the power supply for every chain there is; because if you do this otherwise, it will result in short circuits, loud pops, and even the painful to ear feedback bursts.

Tip #3: Connect the pedals using ‘patch cables’

If you are using one guitar pedal, you only need two cables – the input and output. You have to plug the guitar to the pedal’s input and then use another cable for the output to connect to the guitar amp.

However, if you have more than one guitar pedal, you need a few more cables; for instance, if you have 2 guitar pedals, you have to have 3 cables – one cable should be a ‘patch cable’. A patch cable is a very short cable that is designed to connect guitar effects pedals.

When connecting, you should plug your guitar cable to the first pedal, and then connect your first pedal to the second pedal by using a short patch cable, followed by another cable that will connect to the guitar amp. Each additional pedal will add another patch cable.

Also, to ensure a smooth signal flow, you have to use this circuitry;

  1. Guitar
  2. Gain stage effect pedals
  3. Frequency pedals
  4. Modulation pedals
  5. Time pedals
  6. Amplifier

If you need additional details on this, you may visit Digi Pedal’s website.