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What is the best type of guitar effects pedal?

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Sheena O 
Asked at 2009.12.21 01:58:21
I've been interested in investing in an effects pedal for my electric but i'm really not sure which type of pedal would be best. I would like one that is a good, kind of cheap price but still good quality.
answer Guitar World  Answered at 2009.12.21 01:58:21
Single function effect pedals come in many varieties and features and can be both simple and complex to use. You have to first figure out the application you will use such a pedal. Do you need more gain from your amp? Then go with either a distortion, overdrive, or fuzz pedal. Do you like modulated sounds? Then chorus, flanger, and phaser pedals will offer plenty of swirl and thickness for you. Do you need ambient or time-based sounds? Then either a reverb or delay pedal will suit you fine. There are plenty of other single-ended pedals that offer different shades of effect besides the more popular effects listed above (i.e. uni-vibe, rotary speaker, octave, ring modulation, etc.,) but these are effects that are often used in moderation and probably shouldn’t be your first purchase.

Depending on what you choose, a pedal can cost you as little as $40 to as much as $400. Generally speaking, the pecking order in price for pedals begin with the distortion/overdrive pedals being the least expensive, to the modulation effects being in the middle, and the time-based effects being the most costly.

Below are four excellent pedal manufacturers for the stomp-box neophyte. All offer the type of effects listed above, are reasonably priced and should be easily accessible at your local music store:


The most important advice we can offer, however, is to try a number of pedals out and see which one is right for you. Don't be afraid or intimidated to ask your local music store sales person to demonstrate a few different pedals for you. Each one will have its own distinct flavor, and you'll have to decide what is right for you.
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