Understanding the EHX Silencer

Guitarists often seek to tame unruly feedback and hum, especially when using high-gain amps or pedals. Enter the Electro-Harmonix (EHX) Silencer, a compact yet powerful noise reduction pedal designed to eliminate unwanted noise without compromising your tone. Understanding where to place the EHX Silencer in your signal chain is crucial for optimizing its performance and achieving the desired results.

Exploring the Signal Chain

The signal chain, often referred to as the guitar's "pathway," consists of a series of connected pedals and effects that shape and modify the guitar's sound. The order of these pedals in the chain significantly impacts the overall tone and sonic characteristics.

Ideal Placement of the EHX Silencer

The ideal position for the EHX Silencer in your signal chain depends on several factors, including your specific setup and the desired outcome. Here are some general guidelines:

Before Overdrive/Distortion Pedals:

Placing the EHX Silencer before overdrive or distortion pedals is a common approach, especially if you rely on high-gain settings. By eliminating noise before it is amplified, you can effectively reduce feedback and maintain a cleaner sound.

After Modulation Effects:

Modulation effects like chorus, flanger, and phaser can introduce noise or alter the character of the EHX Silencer's filtering. Positioning the EHX Silencer after these effects ensures that it operates on a relatively "clean" signal.

Before Delay and Reverb Pedals:

Delay and reverb pedals can accentuate noise and feedback, especially with extended decay times. Placing the EHX Silencer before these effects helps mitigate unwanted noise while preserving the ambience and spaciousness they provide.

Experimentation is Key:

While these guidelines offer a starting point, experimentation is crucial in determining the optimal placement for the EHX Silencer in your setup. Try different positions and listen for the desired balance of noise reduction and tonal integrity.

Additional Considerations

Noise Sources:

Identifying the sources of noise in your signal chain can help you make informed decisions about the placement of the EHX Silencer. Common culprits include single-coil pickups, high-gain amplifiers, and faulty cables.

Tweaking the Silencer's Settings:

The EHX Silencer offers various controls that allow you to fine-tune its performance. Experiment with the Threshold, Attack, and Release knobs to achieve the right balance of noise reduction and sustain.


The placement of the EHX Silencer in your signal chain plays a significant role in shaping your guitar's overall tone and sonic characteristics. By understanding your specific setup, experimenting with different positions, and considering additional factors like noise sources and settings, you can optimize the EHX Silencer's performance and achieve the desired noise reduction without compromising your tone.


  1. Does the EHX Silencer affect my guitar's tone?

The EHX Silencer is designed to minimize noise without significantly altering your guitar's tone. However, it's essential to adjust the settings carefully to avoid affecting the desired sonic characteristics.

  1. Can I use the EHX Silencer with other pedals?

Yes, the EHX Silencer can be used in conjunction with other pedals. Its placement in the signal chain depends on your specific setup and preferences.

  1. How do I minimize noise from single-coil pickups?

Positioning the EHX Silencer after your overdrive or distortion pedals can help reduce noise from single-coil pickups. Additionally, using a noise gate pedal specifically designed for single-coil pickups can be effective.

  1. How do I deal with feedback from high-gain amplifiers?

Placing the EHX Silencer before your high-gain amplifier can effectively tame feedback. Additionally, using a noise-suppressing pedal designed for high-gain amplifiers can be beneficial.

  1. What are some common mistakes to avoid when using the EHX Silencer?

Common mistakes include placing the EHX Silencer after modulation effects, setting the Threshold knob too high, and using the Release knob excessively. Experimentation and careful adjustment are key to achieving the desired results.

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