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Published on August 7th, 2014 | by Art News

Three Great Pedals For Beginners

Guitar multi effects

Congratulations! You’ve sharpened your skills and beefed up your chops, and you’re now ready to take the next step in your musical career. You’re ready to start honing your tone into a unique, one-of-a-kind sound that’s truly your own. You’re ready to start what will eventually become a vast collection of guitar effect pedals.

The only trouble is you don’t know where to start. With so many types and brands of guitar effect pedals out there, it can be pretty overwhelming at first. Which brand is better than which? What kind of pedal should you even be looking for? What do some of those pedal even do?

Relax. Everyone has to begin somewhere. Here are a few suggestions to help.

Distortion Pedals.

Chances are you’ve only been using your amp’s distortion up until now, and it’s worked pretty well so far. However, if you really want to get that rough, raw, guttural, primal, tough sounding guitar distortion that your musical heroes use, you’re going to need to get guitar effect pedals like Overdrive, Fuzzbox, or Distortion pedals. Walrus Audio Pedals has a pretty good selection of different distortion pedals.

Reverb or Delay Pedals.

Reverb or delay pedals are pretty similar in that they both produce a kind of echoey sound, but have their share of differences. Reverb pedals replicate a reverberating sound, while delay pedals record your guitar’s signal, and then play it back a little more quietly, creating a kind of stuttered echo. Both of these guitar effect pedals have a lot to offer, and make for fun toys. The brand Tortuga effects pedals has a pretty top notch delay pedal, and Boss sells a pretty sweet reverb pedal.

Chorus Pedals.

Chorus pedals are kind of like delay pedals, because they also copy the guitar’s signal, but instead of replicating and delaying it, chorus pedals replicate it several times at slightly altered pitches to simulate the sound of (you guessed it) a chorus. These guitar effect pedals can make it sound like you’ve got a whole crew of other guitarists backing you up, making your tone much, much bigger.

All of these guitar effect pedals are pretty great places to start your collection. If you have any questions about what these guitar effect pedals do, feel free to ask in the comments.

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