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What are Guitar Effects Pedals?

A lot of musical band fans out there try to imitate their favorite bands. And there are many who get frustrated by the fact that they can play all of the bands famous songs but they fail to sound like them at all. What you need to do about it is to use guitar effects pedals. You might have known that this is the solution to your problem but have not tried using these effect pedals yet. Having a guitar effects pedal is the best way to produce sounds that can copy your favorite band sounds. There are individual effect pedals but they only produce one kind of sound out of thousands of different sounds. Choosing the right individual effect pedal involves knowing the kind of sound that you want.

So what you can do is to visit your local music store and try out different effect pedals so that you can hear the sounds for yourself. One type of pedal is the distortion pedal and is ideal for punk, blues overdrive, metal, grunge, and others. While playing your guitar, step on the pedal once and you activate the effect. Stepping on it turns on the sound and if you want to turn it off, then you step on the pedal again. Try the different pedals until you find the sound that you like. All pedals are activated by stepping on it once and it is stopped by stepping on the pedal again. Another type of effect is the digital delay effect which is a low repetition of the last note played. The chorus effect provides a smooth element to one’s clean channel. Activating and stopping the pedal follows the same operation.

Some pedals, however, are used differently. There are wah pedals that are used by first stepping all the way down the pedal to activate the switch and then gently rocked back and forth to produce the “wah” effect. There are also volume pedals that you rock pack and forth to increase or decrease the volume gradually. Whammy pedals simulate electric guitar whammy bars, and are operated with the same back and forth rocking motion. This is ideal if your guitar does not have a whammy or if you don’t want to use them.

You can also find multi-effects pedals in stores. This type of pedal provides lots of different effects in one unit. It is expensive because you get many effects but economical because you only need to buy one unit. For one multi-effect pedal you can distortion pedal, single tap action, rocking pedal for wah, volume and whammy effects. -However, multi-effect pedals are reputed to have inferior quality to those of individual pedals.

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