Gen­er­al­i­sa­tions on buf­fer place­ment

Guitarist - - Pedalboard -

These are gen­er­al­i­sa­tions only. No­body needs an ad­di­tional buf­fer but you might want one if your sound re­quires some strength, edge and bright­ness. Adding a buf­fer af­fects the whole re­sul­tant sound, but where you place it will af­fect each in­di­vid­ual pedal dif­fer­ently.

De­lays and Re­verbs

Usu­ally not a big is­sue with buf­fers un­less you want to keep a very dark or ana­logue sound. True by­pass ped­als can be buffered be­fore or af­ter to taste. Buffered by­pass ped­als shouldn’t need ad­di­tional buf­fers.

Buffered Over­drives

Can work well placed as the last OD in your chain, keep­ing its buf­fer af­ter all the other fuzz or drive, but be­fore your de­lay and re­verb. Can make fuzzes sound harsh. Could cre­ate a con­flict place­ment with your mod­u­la­tions.


True by­pass ped­als can gain clar­ity with a buf­fer af­ter­wards. Buffered by­pass ped­als can cause is­sues for drives placed af­ter.

True By­pass OD

A buf­fer be­fore can brighten or add edge, but the buf­fer is usu­ally bet­ter placed af­ter drives. Over­drives tend to like see­ing your gui­tar, not a buf­fer.

Vin­tage-Style Fuzz

Usu­ally hate buf­fers be­fore them. Ger­ma­nium fuzzes usu­ally need to be first af­ter the gui­tar. Brighter or harsher with a buf­fer af­ter.

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