We’re going in order to give a quick check out the major kinds of guitar pedals review. Here in part 1 we’ll cover the essentials.
We understand there are millions of websites offering insight to the topic, but its been our experience that they’re published by engineers, not musicians… they read like microwave manuals instead of a helpful resource… Anyway… off we go.
I can’t really milk over a few lines out of this topic. It’s pretty cut and dry- a lift pedal will provide your signal a volume boost – or cut, for the way you’ve got it set. Most boost pedals serve as a master volume control allowing you a pretty wide variety of use.
So why do I need an increase pedal? To take your guitar volume up over all of those other band during the solo, to get your amp harder by feeding it a hotter signal, to have a set volume change with the press of the mouse.
When most guitarists talk about overdrive, they are making reference to the smooth ‘distortion’ manufactured by their tube amps when driven to begin breaking up. Overdrive pedals are created to either replicate this tone (with limited success) or drive a tube amp into overdrive, creating those screaming tubes beyond what they normally would be able to do without wall shaking volume.
Exactly why do I needed an overdrive pedal? Overdrive pedals can be used as an enhancement pedal- so that you get those inherent benefits, you’ll get some good added girth to your tone in the distortion created by the pedal. Most overdrive pedals have tone control giving you wider tone shaping possibilities.
Based on our above meaning of overdrive, distortion is when overdrive leaves off. In the rock guitar world think Van Halen and beyond for any clear example of distorted guitar tone. Distortion pedals often emulate high gain amps that produce thick walls of sound small tube amps usually are not able to creating. If you’re lucky enough to have a large Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Diezel or other monster amplifier to make your distortion you might not want a distortion pedal. But all through us mere mortals, rock guitar effects are necessary to modern guitar tone.
Why do I would like a distortion pedal? You want to be relevant don’t you? Even with large amps, like those mentioned previously, distortion pedals play a key role in modern music. They offer flexibility that boosts and overdrives simply cannot rival.
God bless Ike Turner as well as the Kinks. Both acts achieved their landmark tones by making use of abused speaker cabinets. Ike dropped his on the street walking into Sun Records to record Rocket 88, the Kinks cut their speakers with knives or more the legends have it. Regardless of how they got it, their tone changed the planet. Some think of it distortion, some refer to it as fuzz, however, seeing the progression from the damaged speakers on the fuzz boxes built to emulate those tones, I think its safest to call what Turner and Davies created/came across was fuzz.
Exactly why do I need a fuzz pedal? Ya like Hendrix, don’t ya? In every honesty, the fuzz pedal is seeing resurgence in popular music currently. Bands like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Muse as well as the White Stripes rely heavily on classic designs on recent releases.
The job of your compressor would be to deliver an even volume output. It can make the soft parts louder, and also the loud parts softer. Current country music guitar tone is driven using compression.
Why do you require a compressor? Improved sustain, increased clarity during low volume playing.
The earliest “flanger” effects were created in the studio by playing 2 tape decks, both playing exactly the same sounds, while an engineer would decrease or speed up the playback of one of the dupe signals. This is the way you can produce wooshing jet streams. The edge in the old fashioned tape reels is known as the flange.
So why do I need a flanger? A flanger will give you a brand new color to your tonal palette. You may accept out one, but you’ll never get some of the nuance coloring of the Van Halen’s, Pink Floyd’s, or Rush’s on the planet.
The phase shifter bridges the space between Flanger and Chorus. Early phasers were intended to recreate the spinning speaker of a Leslie. Phase shifting’s over use may be heard everywhere in the first few Van Halen albums.
Why do I want a phase shifter? See Flangers answer.
Chorus pedals split your signal into two, modulates one of those by slowing it down and detuning it, then mixes it back in with the original signal. The effect is supposed to sound dexspky30 several guitarists playing the same thing concurrently, producing a wide swelling sound, but I don’t hear it. You do get yourself a thicker more lush tone, but it really doesn’t sound like a chorus of players in my opinion.
Why do I need a chorus? Because Andy Summers uses one, and Paul Raven says so… that needs to be suitable.
As a kid, do you ever enjoy the volume knob on the TV or maybe the radio manically turning it all around? Yeah? Well you were a tremolo effect.
Exactly why do I needed a tremolo pedal? 6 words for ya: The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’
A delay pedal results in a copy of your incoming signal and slightly time-delays its replay. It can be used to make a “slap back” (single repetition) or even an echo (multiple repetitions) effect. Who amongst us can’t appreciate The Sides consumption of effects for guitar players delay throughout U2s career?
How come I want a delay pedal? See Flangers answer.
A variable band-pass frequency filter… Screw all of that- do you know what a wah wah is… its po-rn music! It’s Hendrix! It’s Hammett. It’s Wylde. It’s Slash.