How to Connect Boss Pedals Together Correctly

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Boss Corporation manufactures a wide variety of guitar effects, including distortion, delay, chorus and tuner pedals. There is no "correct" way to connect them, but there are ways of linking a series of pedals to minimise unwanted noise and to allow each effect to maintain its characteristic sound. Along with an effective order, it's important to use an appropriate power adaptor and instrument cables.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 9-volt DC power adaptor
  • Guitar
  • 2 instrument cables
  • Guitar amplifier
  • Patch cables
  • Daisy-chain cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add up the current draw of each of your pedals. For example, the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal has a 4 milliampere (ma) current draw, while the Boss DD-20 delay pedal has a 200 ma draw.

  2. 2

    Choose a 9-volt DC adaptor with adequate output. If your pedals have a combined current draw under 500 ma, use a 500 ma power adaptor, like the Boss PSA-102S. If you have many pedals, use a more powerful adaptor, such as the 1-Spot adaptor, which has a 1700 ma current output.

  3. 3

    Put your pedals in order. Start with a tuner, then add dynamic or wah pedals, followed by compressors, distortion pedals and equalisation pedals, then add tone-modifying pedals like chorus, phase and flange, and finish with ambience pedals like delay and reverb.

  4. 4

    Connect one end of an instrument cable into your guitar's output jack.

  5. 5

    Plug the other end of the cable into your first pedal's input jack.

  6. 6

    Connect one end of a patch cable into the first pedal's output jack. Connect the other end into the second pedal's input jack. A patch cable is a short instrument cable, making it convenient for connecting a series of effects pedals.

  7. 7

    Continue using patch cables until every pedal in the series is connected.

  8. 8

    Plug one end of an instrument cable into the output of the pedal at the end of the series. Plug the other end of the cable into your guitar amp's input jack.

  9. 9

    Connect your power adaptor to a power source.

  10. 10

    Plug the power adaptor into a daisy-chain cable, which has multiple plugs to connect power to two or more pedals.

  11. 11

    Plug the connectors of the daisy chain cable into the power inputs of each pedal.

Tips and warnings

  • Some pedals, such as the Boss TU-2, are able to power other cables using a daisy chain cable. This is an alternative to directly connecting a daisy chain to a power adaptor. The TU-2 must have adequate power to run a series of Boss pedals.

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