Guide to Guitar Effect Pedals – FX Explained

Here we have given a brief explanation of guitar effect pedals, the different types of guitar effect, how they are used and provided links so you can review the current models that are available, check out the suppliers and compare prices before buying online. A guitar effect pedal is an electronic or digital device that alters the input sound from the guitar pick ups. The modified sound is then output to a guitar amplifier or to another effect pedal to be modified further in the overall guitar signal chain.

You will have seen famous guitar players on stage with a pedal board on the floor with a wide range of effects that they use to shape and modify the guitar signal to make new interesting sounds and tones.

Guide to Guitar Effect Pedals : FX Explained

Most modern effects use solid-state electronics eg computer chips however some old and vintage effects use mechanical components like spring reverb and vacuum tubes. Guitar effect pedals can be either small metal box pedals that are used on the floor eg “stomp-boxes” or a full rack mounted electronic effects units. Guitar Effect Pedals are typically controlled by a foot-switch, either on the pedal, or as a seperate unit on the floor. Guitarists have used effects for many years to modify the sound from the guitar and to create new and exciting sounds for use on new recordings. There are many makes of guitar pedal on the market, from mass produced, cheap guitar pedals, to expensive custom made pedals that are hand made and used by famous guitar players. Guitar pedals are typically used on stage fitted to a guitar pedal board where the guitarist can switch on and off various effects during a live performance to replica the original recording.

Check out our review of famous guitar player effect pedal boards and learn the effects that are used by your favorite musicians.

Guide to Guitar Effect Pedals : FX Types

If you go into a guitar shop you will see hundreds of effects. Selecting the one you want can be daunting however first ypou need to decide the type of effect you want to use. Here is a general breakdown of the various effect categories.

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