FX Pedals

This section applies to UK customers only. International customers please contact your local Marshall distributor for more information. Contact details can be found here.

What FX pedals should I use with my amplifier?

Its best to try out different FX pedals and see what works for you. Get in touch with your Marshall Dealer for more information.

How do I place my FX pedals?

How you place your FX pedals is a personal choice and it may be a case of trial and error. However if you’re looking for a place to start then take into account the following:

Time-based/ambient FX sound best when run through an FX loop

Distortion, overdrive, boosters, wah and compressors sound best when connected directly to the amplifier’s input

Modulation effects can be placed through the amplifier’s input or through the FX loop depending on personal preference

Where should I place my multi-FX unit?

Multi FX units cover all the above FX so you’ll need to isolate the effects you plan to use most frequently. If you don’t have frequent effects then test-drive the unit through the guitar input and the FX loop to see which you prefer. 

What order should I connect my effect units?

If using more than one FX unit, you’ll notice that the order you connect them can affect their voicing. Experiment and see which order works best for you. The following is a good place to start: Guitar > Wah > Compressor > Overdrive > Modulation > Delay > Reverb.

How do I connect my FX units to the amps input?

Connect your guitar to the FX input using a good quality, screened (shielded) instrument cable. Use another instrument cable to connect the FX output to the amplifier’s input.

How do I connect my FX pedals using the FX loop?

Connect your FX input to the FX Loop Send jack using a good quality, screened (shielded) instrument cable.  Use another instrument cable to connect the FX output to the amplifier’s FX Loop Return jack.

What does the loop level switch do?

You’ll find the Loop Level switch on the rear panel, normally next to the FX Loop jacks. The switch provides +4 decibel (dB) or -10dB compensation for the various FX that can be run through the loop. As with all FX, feel free to experiment to decide which settings yield the best tone for you. Generally speaking the -10dB setting works well for stomp box type FX and +4dB works best for rack/floor processors.

What does the FX mix/FX loop mix knob do?

This knob can be used to adjust the FX level. If you don’t have one on your amp then adjust the FX level using the FX unit itself.