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guitar pedals and pedal bords?

what i really mean is how to they all connect into one guitar and 1 amplifeir

Picture of guitar pedals and pedal bords?
pedal board.jpg
pedal board.jpg
frollard7 years ago
Multiple pedals like that are often 'serial' - one connected to another in a chain.  Guitar comes in one end, and goes out the other end having its waveform modified by the pedals.

Each pedal often has one function - like reverb, and other effects.  The big one in the far right of your picture is probably a 'wah' pedal, which depending on its angle affects the signal differently.  When any pedal is 'on' it interferes with the signal passing through it to do...whatever...When the pedal is OFF it passes the signal through and doesn't affect it.  This feature having tonnes of available filters means you can have heavy distortion, clipping, reverb, and generally rock out pretty hard with lots of fun gadgets.
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4924348_guitar-effects-pedals-work.html
to clarify:

If you had
-distortion--reverb--clipping- effects pedals in order, and turned on only distortion, you'd get only distortion.
If you turned on the first 2, you'd have distorted, reverbed signal...etc
just buy really small guitar cords and chain them, then plug a normal size one in the "INPUT" of the first one and plug that one into your guitar, plug another normal sized one into your amp. Those look like stomp pedals so just hit them with your foot to turn them off and on.