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Welcome to the Guitar Effects Survival Guide, I am so happy to have the opportunity to share my years of tone hunting experience with you. It is a never ending search and a lot of fun, but be careful - it can turn into an obsession! I have chosen 16 classic effect pedals to work with, all readily available at your local music store. I will show you how to dial in each of those pedals individually, and show you how each parameter works in shaping your tone. I will then take you through some cool effects chains to show you how to achieve the tones you hear in your head, or help you dial in a tone you hear on a recording. The order of effects is very important to achieving optimal tone! I have provided schematics for each effect chain that you can download and start tweaking. I have also provided blank sheets so you can catalog your own sounds. The point of this course is not to make you sound like a certain player, it’s more about understanding how to use guitar effects optimally. I do get pretty geeky with this stuff like discussing power supplies, alkaline vs carbon batteries, cable length, true bypass vs buffered, and more stuff that can truly make a difference. But the truth here is that Jimi Hendrix used long curly cables and a bunch of non-true bypass pedals to create some of the greatest guitar sounds ever. By today’s standards he was doing it all wrong. So please keep in mind it is WHAT YOU DO WITH THE PEDALS that matters.

So let’s get started and dive into the Guitar Effects Survival Guide and above all have fun! I know I love this stuff!