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    How does an effects loop work? and do you really need one?

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    The older amps don't have them and the newer ones do what is the diff in just placing your effects between your guitar and amp input?
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    A) It's a nice way to inject something into the path.
    b) It's another normalled' jack that can maybe get a bit iffy' down the road.

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    effect loop

    An effect loop lets you run another signal through both your channels. it doesnt amplfy anything, it just adds the signal<effect> from what ever you have hooked up to the loop. Be carfull not to hook up your loop backwards, there are usualy two jacks to make the loop work, the pre and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkerchook
    An effect loop lets you run another signal through both your channels. it doesnt amplfy anything, it just adds the signal<effect> from what ever you have hooked up to the loop. Be carfull not to hook up your loop backwards, there are usualy two jacks to make the loop work, the pre and out.

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    I don't know what you mean by 'it doesn't amplify anything' since its after the preamp. The effects loop is generally a line level path for rack gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnkid
    The older amps don't have them and the newer ones do what is the diff in just placing your effects between your guitar and amp input?
    From my experience and from what I've read, distortions, overdrives and wahs tend to sound better going into the amp input and modulation effects (delay, chorus, flanger, etc.) sound better going through an effects loop.

    However, it's all a matter of personal preference, so...whatever sounds better to your ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiwatt357
    From my experience and from what I've read, distortions, overdrives and wahs tend to sound better going into the amp input and modulation effects (delay, chorus, flanger, etc.) sound better going through an effects loop.

    However, it's all a matter of personal preference, so...whatever sounds better to your ears.
    That's exactly right. Time based FX sound like shit going into the front of a distorted amp. They screw up the distortion very badly.
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    you wouldn't want a distorted reverb pedal now, would you?

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    I wouldn't buy and amp for live use that didn't have an effects loop if I could at all get away with it.

    I've also use the effects loop on an amp along with the effects loop on a pedal board to hook it up so that I could use either the board preamp or the amp's preamp and still have all the effects other than distortion after the pre. It was a fun science project. And the only way I could use amp distortion and the delay on the board.

    If you try that, turn the output of your pedal board WAY down when you bypass the amp's pre. When you feed your signal into the effects return it hits your power amp with an open throttle.

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    I think the most basic difference is that it gives you the option of placing fx units after the amp's built-in fx. For instance, if you have a distortion channel on your amp, using the fx loop allows you to add fx to an already distorted signal. Without the fx loop, distortion (in this example) would always be the last effect in your fx chain.

    This was sorta mentioned, already, but, well, you know...I need to up my post count.

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    If you play the way I do (I use two amps) you can use the loops to have different efx on each amp. It's the only way I've found to get a distorted growl from one amp and still have the notes ring clearly from the other.
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