Here some basics when considering the purchase of new guitar pedals or guitar effects.
Here's a list of the Most Common Single Effects Pedals for Electric Guitar with Amplifier Setup.|
#1 Overdrive, Distortion Pedals
Overdrive and distortion pedals boost the incoming guitar signal and produce blues crunch, distortion, feedback, fuzz and lead guitar sounds.
Overdrive Distortion Pedals
#2 Delay Pedals
Delay pedals duplicate and repeat parts of the incoming guitar signal, causing subtle or substantial echo delays. By playing in tempo with a delay, guitarists can get dynamic layered sounds with chords, arpegios and solos.
#3 Reverb Pedals
Reverb pedals are similar to delay pedals in that they reproduce parts of the incoming guitar signal. Reverb pedals can emulate reverberation sounds for small or large rooms, and other sustained reverberation sounds.
#4 Wah Pedals
Wah pedals are used to shift and filter the tones from the incoming guitar signal. Wah pedals can be used to emphasize certain frequency ranges. By dynamically controlling the wah pedal during playing, guitarists can create wide, moving soundscapes that sweep across the frequency range.
#5 Chorus or Modulation Filter Pedals
Chorus and modulation pedals make the single incoming guitar signal sound like there are actually multiple overlapping singals. Chorus adds thickness to the sound and produces a slightly detuned chorus mix with the original signal. Phasers, Tremelos, Vibratos, and Envelope Filters produce a variety of Special Effect sounds.
Chorus Pedals, Modulation and Special Filter Pedals
#6 Compression, Sustainer Pedals
Compression pedals compress the dynamic range of the incoming guitar signal, and produce a more balanced dynamic range of sound for amplification. Compressors are used extensively in pro audio recording, production, and live performance.
Compression Sustainer Pedals
#7 Graphic Equalizer Pedals
Graphic equalizer pedals boost and soften certain portions of the incoming guitar signal. By adjusting the equalizer controls, guitarists can get huge variations of tone, combining specific areas of bass, mid-range, and treble sounds.
Graphic Equalizer Pedals
#8 Octave, Pitch Shifter Pedals
Octave and pitch shifter pedals duplicate portions of the incoming guitar signal, but transposed up or down. Octave pedals usually produce overtones one, two or three octaves above the fundamental tone. Pitch shifter pedals can transpose and mix the signal up or down in specific musical intervals. Octave and pitch shifter pedals are generally considered a special effect, and work best with lead guitar parts.
Octave, Harmonizer and Pitch Shifter Pedals
#9 Secondary Overdrive, Distortion Pedal or Booster Pedals
Secondary overdrive, distortion or booster pedals take the effect signal and further boost it, creating more intense distortion, fuzz or feedback sounds. Use of two different overdrive or distortion pedals is common in heavy rock sounds.
Booster Pedals, Overdrive Distortion Pedals
#10 Secondary Delay Pedals
A secondary delay pedal can be used to create unique layered echo sounds. By adjusting the mix level and timing of the delay effects, guitarists can get dynamic echoed effects that have a heartbeat to themselves.
Secondary Delay Pedals
#11 Secondary Modulation Pedal or Special Effect Pedals
A secondary modulation or special effect pedal can be used to create sounds that are highly processed and out of this world.
Modulation and Special Filter Pedals