Valve or solid state, pre-gain or post-gain, distortion or fuzz … these questions must be answered. But if you’d prefer to just plug in and rock rather than research the technical details of amplification, fear not: Ugly Chord Giraffe has posted a robust primer on these and other subjects. For example, what is up with buffer pedals?
Buffer pedals are used to maintain the input impedance of the signal through the effects chain and lengths of cable running from the guitar to the pedal board and from the pedal board to the amps. Without a buffer pedal, the signal loss through the effects chain will start to degrade your tone by losing the high-end. The magic number is 18.5’ of cable before the high-end of your tone is noticeably decreased.
Eighteen feet, six inches. Who knew?
Read much more at UCG.