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What is an Aby?

What is an Aby?

ABY switchers are primarily used to feed two guitar amps from a guitar. The AB designates the ability to switch between amplifiers while the Y means that both amps can be turned on at once. You connect your guitar or the output from your pedal-chain to the ABY, and from the ABY, you feed the two amps.

Where should I put my preamp pedal in my chain?

A preamp pedal should be placed quite early in your overall signal chain, and obviously before power amp or cab simulator pedals. As it’s a substitute for an amp’s preamp, it should therefore be one of the first stompboxes that your guitar’s output signal comes into contact with.

Where should a compressor go in a signal chain?

Dynamics (compressors), filters (wah), pitch shifters, and Volume pedals typically go at the beginning of the signal chain. Gain based effects such as and overdrive/distortion pedals come next. Modulation effects such as chorus, flangers, phasers typically come next in the chain.

What does a splitter pedal do?

Instrument splitters feed the 1/4″ outputs of guitars or effects pedals to multiple amplifiers, selecting between each one individually or activating them simultaneously.

How do you connect a pedal to a switcher?

To set up a switching system, just connect your pedals to the loop jacks on the rear of the switcher using short jack cables, then program the combinations you need for your set.

How does a pedal switcher work?

Effects switchers work by grouping pedals into loops. The player decides which combination of pedals are required for which sounds and stores those combinations as loops. Then, when a certain sound is required, a simple tap on a footswitch activates that particular loop and the effects that are in it.

What do you need to know about an Aby pedal?

ABY pedal should have a phase reversal and ground lifting switch or should be able to do that. An ABY pedal should be able to retain the original signal quality of the guitar when connected via a long cable to the amp. It might have an LED indicator to indicate the activated output while playing.

What does the Aby stand for on a guitar?

In case you were wondering, ABY isn’t actually an abbreviation for anything; it’s more of a visual clue. “A” and “B” represent the two amplifiers (or signals) that you intend to switch between or combine, simple. Whereas “Y” is indicative of the incoming signal entering the ABY pedal, with it then being split.

How do you test an Aby guitar box?

Testing the circuit. Now you should have your A/B/Y box. You plug in your guitar in one end and the amplifiers on the output ends. By pressing the A/B switch you can choose between any one of the amplifiers as the output.

Why do Fulltone Aby pedals have ground lift switch?

Fulltone’s ABY pedals, as well as many of Radial’s, will feature a “ground lift” switch. This is because when running two amps together, they can generate electrical noise and hiss, which is like kryptonite for guitarists.