Effects Patch Direction Question
Phil66
Jun 17 2020, 09:03 PM
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Hello folks, this is one of those things that doesn't really matter but why is the input on the right and the output on the left on stomp boxes? It's always seemed counterintuitive to me because your pedal chain reads from right to left whereas most western countries read (text) left to right.

Who decided what is now the standard, and what was their reasoning?

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Jun 17 2020, 10:11 PM
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I don't know but not all follow that convention.
Most famously, the Dallas/Arbiter 'Fuzz Face' ...

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Jun 17 2020, 10:22 PM
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Yeah some of the older ones don't but modern ones seem to follow the right to left convention.

I was hoping you Mr Ken would have the answer wink.gif

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Jun 18 2020, 02:07 AM
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Right handed bias I guess. Most players are right handed.
You stand or sit in front of your pedal board the back end of your guitar (where the jack is) is closest to the right side of your first pedal. If it went left to right, the cable would have a tendency to drape across the board and over your pedals.

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Jun 18 2020, 02:49 AM
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That would be my guess too..Even though we read left to right, we patch pedals right to left smile.gif

QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 17 2020, 09:07 PM) *
Right handed bias I guess. Most players are right handed.
You stand or sit in front of your pedal board the back end of your guitar (where the jack is) is closest to the right side of your first pedal. If it went left to right, the cable would have a tendency to drape across the board and over your pedals.

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Jun 18 2020, 08:07 AM
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Yep Output jack on the right of right handed guitars, mean that the guitar cable isn't crossing in front of you to get to the first pedal.

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Jun 18 2020, 08:16 AM
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I hadn't thought of that, the most pedals I ever had at one time was three, distortion, wah and chorus, I think one of them had in/out at the rear.

I guess using multi fx and software has made me blind to it, in the Boss GT and Helix software and the plugins that I've used, your chain is left to right so when I watched the video in my beginners guide to effects thread and he set up a chain, it jumped out at me.

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