Learning how to hook up guitar pedals Into amp is a quick process, and it will allow you to change your tone and create new sonic landscapes that were previously unimagined.
The typical guitar pedal is square or rectangular shaped, and is made to be pressed by foot. This is where the nickname “foot pedal” is derived. On the top of the pedal, you will have control knobs to adjust various settings within the type of pedal, such as gain or volume on the standard distortion or overdrive box. For example, most popular distortion pedals have three knobs—Drive, Tone, and Level. Each of these can be adjusted to the player’s specific wants and needs.
- On the sides of the pedal, there are two 1/4 inch inputs that allow for cable placement.
- Looking from the top down and assuming the pedal is facing you directly, the input on the right is where the cable from your guitar will be plugged in.
- The input on the left will run a cable from the pedal to the amp. It should be noted that this is a general setup though, and that you should read the pedal’s instruction manual that is included at purchase to make sure this is the same for your device.
Once this setup is complete, ensure that the pedal has power from either a battery or an AC adapter, and you are ready to go. Turn the amp on, press the foot switch down, and strum the guitar to explore new musical territory.