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How important is an effects loop to you?

Guyote

Member
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Meaning that if you find an amp that is in every other respect suitable, say like a Mesa Transatlantic TA-15, would you still buy the amp?

Or is lack of an effects loop a deal killer for you?

Pardon the noobness of the question...
 

FennRx

Member
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1,448
i've never used the loop on any amp i've owned. i use a TS and occasionally some wah.
 

magilla

michaelggguitar (IG)
Platinum Supporting Member
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1,000
Buy the TA-30! (Typical TGP answer).

On a more pertinent note, not really a factor for me, but I'm not a super high gain guy. The style + the circuit come into play here, I suppose.
 

nmiller

Drowning in lap steels
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6,704
I get flustered by amps with more than one tone knob, so I don't think I'd ever find a use for an effect loop.
 

jchan

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1,687
If you use the preamp in your amp to get gain, the effects loop becomes more important since effects like delay or chorus sound best after distortion. If you use the amp for clean or light breakup with pedals to give you overdrive, you can put the chorus and delay after your overdrive pedal and the effects loop isn't as important. Its also important to realize that anything in an effects loops will affect your tone. There isn't a right or wrong just recommendations. IMO, I don't need an effects loops since I prefer a clean or light breakup amp with pedals. If you use a high gain amp such as a mesa, you might get better results using chorus, delay, etc in the loop.
 

Sean French

Member
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14,173
Don't care about having a loop.
None of my amps have a loop but, it wouldn't bother me if they did.
 

DGTCrazy

Mod Squad
Staff member
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I sold my TA-15 and bought the Mini Rectifier and between the FX Loop, and tone, I couldn't be happier.
 

neverrecover

Member
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646
I have no need or care for a loop either. That being said, I have messed with most of my amps over the years running modulation effects in the loop versus in front just to hear the difference. Some of those amps had fantastic sounding loops.

But yeah, none of my current amps have loops and if they did I would not use them live.
 

boog204

Silver Supporting Member
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unfortunately it is essential as i tend to use delay for many different applications and have never found a distortion/od pedal that is authentic enough for me... i won't consider an amp if it is loopless.
 

djw

Silver Supporting Member
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I can only think of 2 reasons why a loop is ever necessary (term used loosely), and both of them start with the premise that you are using the amp's overdrive (whether it's a master-volume amp or not). If you're using the amp's own gain, then you might want a loop if:

1. You like to use delay or delay-based effects (chorus, flanger) and don't like the cluttered, lo-fi sound you get when you run a delay into a distorted amp.
2. You want to be able to cleanly boost your volume (for solos, etc) and your amp doesn't have a boost feature built-in.

Otherwise, no need.
 

docsmith

Member
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461
Depends on the situation.

Loops are needed for ambiance effects (delay &/or reverb). Not necessary for boost/overdrive, wah, or modulation effects (chorus, phaser, flanger).

If you're going to be using a dirt box to generate your distortion tones, (if you can put the dirt box in line before the delay/reverb effect) you don't need a loop.

On the other hand, if you don't use delay or reverb, you have no use for a loop. I do use reverb and/or delay, so I must have a loop. I wouldn't buy an amp that didn't have that feature. But that's just me.
 

schwa

Member
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2,591
I demanded a loop, and avoided Marshalls for years because the single channel models didn't have loops. Once I started playing single channel Marshalls, I decided I didn't need a loop after all.

Now if I want a loop, I run a W/D/W setup, but that's not often.
 

8len8

Silver Supporting Member
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13,680
In the early days I could live without one, but now days I like a little reverb so a loop is a must.
 

chervokas

Member
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6,840
In 30 years I haven't ever used an effects loop. I'm not sure I've ever even owned an amp with an effects loop.
 

JB6464

Silver Supporting Member
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Effects loops are a must for me , i can't stand any time based effects in front of a distorted amp.
That being said , i also learned about what type of effects loops i like better than others. There is a big difference in a series verses a parallel loop design , and one thats set for -10db effects or +4db line level effects.
I've been running Soldano amps the last couple years and they have a set +4db series loop design. If you like analog floor pedals , most won't work since they are mostly -10db input rating. There are a few that can handle hotter +4db signals without overloading the pedal but limited in choice.
So people that need loops and are looking for a new amp or a loop mod done to their existing amps , make sure you know what the loop is designed for before making a decision.
 

sickboy79

Member
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13,116
Don't use loops at all. All my effects go in front - including delay (which I like to do old school style for rockabilly).
 




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