Think of it this way; would you want to add a clean boost to an OD pedal pushing it harder, or would you want a clean boost not to alter the OD's effect and simply push your amp a bit harder, similarly do you want an OD effect also driving (distorting) a delay or reverb signal or do you want to add reverb or delay to an overdriven signal? That basic concept really helped me understand why I was committing my effects in a specific order in my signal chain.
So I'm looking for another ah ha moment where I could understand and explain the basic principals of guitar volume.
To some these questions may seem pretty dumb and have obvious answers, but I'm not really an electronics guy and I think having a better understanding of the electronics principles behind these simple questions can help one manage their signal chain, myself included! If anyone has watched the Trey youtube of him going over his rack, his one really poignant tip to the viewers is know your own equipment. I couldn't agree more. So if anyone's game here are my student questions:
1. What is the difference between a volume pedal and the volume control on your guitar and the volume control on your amp?
2. What is the difference between a stratobalster in your guitar and one in a box at the start of your signal chain. Is a stratobaster a clean boost?
3. What is the difference between a clean boost and a volume pedal. Are they acting the same way, only a volume pedal reduces db's seen by the amp and a clean boost increases the dbs seen by your amp.
4. Finally how is clean boost different than simply turning up the volume up on your amp?
5. Why is my vintage Gibson PAF low output neck pick-up on my LP louder than the high output Super 11 on my PRS? Likewise why is the super high SD SSL-5 middle pick-up (+/-14K) at the same volume as the ultra low output neck pick-up (4K) on my Aria pro? When you raise a pick-up up closer to the strings does it just get louder or does it shape the tone differently as well?
If any one was to tackle any of these questions I'd be very appreciative!