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Why do we connect pedals from right to left insted of left to righ based on our "writing habit"?
I was rewiring my pedalboard and it strucks me that sound and electricity doesn't follow our social rules! ;)

But seriously, is there a particular reason?

I'm waiting for the long and detailed answer by our pal @mhammer ! :D
 

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A Fender Bassman goes from left to right, but a Marshall goes from right to left because they took a Bassman and turned it upside-down.

Most schematics are written out left to right by signal flow, which is right to left by current flow, but left to right for the electrons.
 

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Most guitar players are right handed, which means the cable will come from the right side of the guitar. Putting the input jack on the right-hand side of the pedal keeps it out of the way.

Think of it this way: Most guitar players, even if they ARE left-handed, are going to play their wah-wah with their right foot (because wah-wah is like speech and language is mostly on the left side of the brain, which is wired up to the right side of the body). Now try to imagine that the cable from your guitar went across your leg to the left side of your wah-wah and then into another pedal.

GtrGuy had it right.
 

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I've occasionally turned a row of pedals 'upside down', not knobs down but stompswitch at the top, to get my desired routing, though not doing that at present. Put stuff in that row that's either always on or only very occasionally used (tuner, for ex).
 

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Given that ti will sidestep the problem of having the cable go from the left side of the guitar, across your leg to the right side of the first pedal, I wonder whether left-handed players are more likely to use a wireless than righties.
 

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High five.

Ti-ron do you mean each pedal, or a whole signal path?
In fact, both, sine the result is the same. But as @mhammer and @gtrguy stated it earlier, ergonomic makes sens!

Thanks guys, I feel less dumb!
 

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Why do we connect pedals from right to left insted of left to righ based on our "writing habit"?

I was rewiring my pedalboard and it strucks me that sound and electricity doesn't follow our social rules! ;)

But seriously, is there a particular reason?

Because the guitar input is on the right?
 

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A Mesa TC50 combo goes left to right while a head goes right to left. Go figure.

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You have to wonder why a big company like Mesa can't be consistent. ;)
 

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