When It Comes To Buying Effects Pedals

Help when it comes to choosing effect pedals. How to get a good set up without wasting too much money

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Hello Everyone,

Most guitarists when thet start out, come to a stage where they have got themselves a decent guitar, an amp and they feel that they are ready to show the world their skills (even though they don't have any.) In order for him to form a band (with a crappy drummer, a bassist who has his guitar so low that he can't even reach the strings, and a singer who gives you migraines with his talentless voice) and start touring the world playing their punk rock powerchords and jamming out horrible versions of Smells Like Teen Spirit, he feels that he needs some effects.

Trust me, I've been there.

Well this article will help you get a decent array of pedals to begin your world domination... Before you start out, you should have an idea of what types of effects you are gonna need.

If you want lots of effects to try and sound like Tom Morello, and you want to buy: flanger, phaser, octave, distortion, wah wah, whammy, delay, chorus, tremolo pedals (I could go on for ever,) then I suggest you get a multi effects pedal which will cost you 100 - 600 pounds. These pedals come with all the effects in built. I suggest the Korg AX10G for beginners which cost 100 pounds and the Boss GT8 for more advanced players which costs 500 pounds. I am not a big fan of multi effects pedals because they can be complicated and they may sound a bit too digital but in this case, it is better than spending thousands of pounds on single effects and giving your parents heart pains.

If you want a simpler set up (which I prefer,) then I suggest that you buy individual effects because they have a much nicer tone and are simpler. I reccomend getting a pedal boad wich 5 to 6 pedals.

Pointers For Buying Single Pedals:

  • Buy pedals which you will use alot rather than a pedal to play just one song because they are quite expensive.

  • Buy a certain type of pedal once. If you decide to buy a distortion pedal, dont buy a crappy one first and a better one later because it wastes a lot of money which could be used on other stuff. (I ended up with 3 distortion pedals)

  • Try and get the power supplies with the pedals because if your pedal runs out of batteries in the middle of a gig, you get tomatoes and rotten eggs thrown at you. Not good at all.

    These Are The Pedals That I Recommend:

  • If you do not have a foot swicth with your amp to change from clean to dirty, get a distortion pedal and my favorite distortion pedal is the DS-2 by Boss.

  • If you buy a guitar without a whammy bar (like a Les Paul or some BC Riches,) then get a DigiTech Whammy pedal because it is amazing for those whammy bar moments like Eddie Van Halen does. It is also good if you often have to change your tuning (1step down or 2steps down) for different songs. It saves a hell load of time.

  • Having a Wah pedal in your set up is always good. I love using the Wah pedal. I recommend using a Cry Baby Wah pedal for those Kirk Hammett Slos. It is really good.

  • I also suggest keeping a Delay pedal. It is used quite alot. I like the Boss delay pedals.

  • If you play on full on distortion most of the time at high volumes, then I suggest a noise reduction pedal. I is really useful and gets rid of all the buzzing.

    This set up is my perfect pedal board. You may want to add a few pedals (A chorus pedal for example) but these are pedals that are really useful.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I know that many of you would know this stuff but i am just trying to help the Beginners to save them from wasting a lot of money.

    Next time I will comment about good guitars in different price ranges. Hope this waz of some use to you.

    Please Rate this article so that I can see if it waz helpful or not. If it waz helpful to you guys then I will do one about guitars for all levels of playing.

  • 105 comments sorted by best / new / date

      Hosscat
      Needs depth. I wouldn't think about buying pedals. I have rack stuff run by midi-mate pedal board. You can switch several things at once. You usually don't want alot of sappy chorus or flange over your heavy sound, so you can switch from sappy clean to dry heavy.
      PianoBlackSP
      If you play bass you ought to get a Electro Harmonix Bassballs. Gotta love that dynamic filtering.
      R_H_C_P
      psykopoo: You missed out the best distortion pedal of all time, the Line 6 Uber Metal. Fool. Haha, No. No mention of the BD-2, the greatest sounding pedal in existance.
      glpledzep145
      good artical, but i dont no much about ne of these pedals and i wish u would have gone intro more depth about wut they all do
      Bmm386
      Is that many pedals really necessary? I mean all i really use is distortion or non distortion, so i have a distortion pedal.
      -TeddyNapperFi-
      When I first read the article, I got the feeling that, like a lot of the articles, you were just trying to show off your knowledge. But you obviously care about what people get from it, so maybe not. You set out with good intentions, and I'm sure quite a few people benefited from it. 4 stars.
      untilurreformed
      This article was pointless. Aside from the insulting intro, the rest just seemed like the authors list of favorite stuff. No details were given as to what pedals do what, prices, etc. My fav part was the "# I also suggest keeping a Delay pedal. It is used quite alot. I like the Boss delay pedals." I would rate this article 0 out of 4 stars.
      conzymaher
      thanks, good advice could you please do an article about the best invention of all time (after the guitar of course) the Line 6 POD
      guitare_kid13
      Pedals are a waste of time, the best sound you can get is from a tube amp. Line 6 Pods are pretty good also.
      Clarkinator
      You dont have a PHASER in your lineup fool! Thats my favorite effect...but I'm weird. I would like to know more about thos enoise reduction pedals, seem interesting and I dont know anything about them
      maxxxisgod
      Maybe I should have a problem with the fact that I was doing a series on gear here and that the next installment was going to be about effects. But you know, I am really busy right now and initially I was glad that someone took the time that I could now save. But not with this article. You have done no research, you are helping nobody by stating that you "use delay quite a (space here) lot" without any reasoning behind it, and your writing skills are an offense to language in general. Please try again, and read my article on guitars first before you embarrass yourself again. Maxx.
      Captain Colon
      Title of this article should be "check out my FX pedals" No offense, but not a very good article at all.
      Well I have a 135-Watt Fender tube amp which I recently got for $300. It does not however have a good distortion channel it all. In fact the drive channel is terrible. So I believe that that would call for a distortion pedal.
      I'm pretty sure there is no 135-watt tube amp in existence, let alone one that you could get for $300
      sensate
      Mmm, a lot of Americans on here.... most of them on AOL by their spelling
      Spl!nTeRgu!tAr
      good but i cant read it right cuz i dont use POUNDS i use DOLLARS...mos tof us here are AMERICAN lol im just playin but still
      kickouthejams7
      Distortion pedals are for newbs, go buy a tube amp you slackers.
      Well I have a 135-Watt Fender tube amp which I recently got for $300. It does not however have a good distortion channel it all. In fact the drive channel is terrible. So I believe that that would call for a distortion pedal.
      ramstormrage
      can i ask what do you think about the DIgitech GNX processors? are they crappy? i managed to try a GNX4, havent explored it thoroughly..
      nirvana138
      this is literaly the worst article i have ever seen on this website. there have been some pretty bad articles on this site too but this one takes the cake.
      weezer__123
      Next time I will comment about good guitars in different price ranges. Hope this waz of some use to you. "Please Rate this article so that I can see if it waz helpful or not. If it waz helpful to you guys then I will do one about guitars for all levels of playing." it WAZ'nt really helpful to me, most of it WAZ common sense. it WAZ a waste of my TIZZIME. for RIZZIME. yo feelin me?
      Dark_Sanity
      i think i'm going to get some shit for this but i'll say it any way...you left out a talk box but it's cool bacause not many people use them any more. they are fun to play around with though. but don't get the danelectro talk box because if your amy doesn't have a effects loof you'll have to do something about the feedback. but yeah TALK BOXES ARE FUN!! any ways..now that that's over. i'll go now and yes i know this was pointless
      Audioslave7
      haha towlie..but yeah jamstation, he/she didn't spell language right. That got intense with the whole "You're" and "Your".
      ctb
      A bit too much of the "I suggest this...". It was a nice article though.
      badstue
      nice, thanks for giving a bit of standground to what standard effects you MUST have. really helped alot
      THRASH METAL666
      Thanks for telling me what pedals to buy. But why the **** won't you go more in depth with what they do? What the **** is wrong with you?
      sexy-man
      Lord Zippy: any suggestions for a first bass pedal? well bass pedals are kinda rare, good news is guitar ones work to, not as well but if u have to use a guitar pedal just kno itll work
      psgolfer32381
      You guys are all a bunch of whiny little faggots. Why don't you stop blowing each other long enough to realize that you're bitching about the same things over and over.
      ScreamingGibson
      Most guitarists when thet start out, come to a stage where they have got themselves a decent guitar, an amp and they feel that they are ready to show the world their skills (even though they don't have any.) In order for him to form a band (with a crappy drummer, a bassist who has his guitar so low that he can't even reach the strings, and a singer who gives you migraines with his talentless voice) and start touring the world playing their punk rock powerchords and jamming out horrible versions of Smells Like Teen Spirit, he feels that he needs some effects
      Dude that was exactly me at the begging! Same song we played and all! Lol!!!..
      zep man
      wow....i'm sorry....i thought this was a musician's website, not writing class....leave the guy alone, he was just trying to give some pointers. and by the way meteora, digitech sucks balls. don't waste your money on it
      machspeed_
      im a beginner lookin around at pedals...just let me be friendly to you...what im looking for when i read this is a descent description of the sound of the pedal we're talking about, any flaws or issues with compatibility, maybe an example on who uses it where...but honestly i could care less about your opinion and it seems thats what you went on while you were writing this. i suggest you do the research for your next article...so that i won't have to. bye.
      meteora
      i'm a beginner and i'm starting a band with my friends and i wuz thinking of a getting a digitech gnx4 even though it's extremely complicated and 500-600 dollars!! thanx for the advice.
      concentus=music
      1, Tom morrello doesnt use that many effect (common mistake) 2, Id advise that you dont insult your target audience in the first paragraph 3, Most of this seems to be your opinions, or effects for a specific style, make it a be broader 4, Its an alright article, id give it half marks...informative yet slightly biased
      Mike_uk2k
      This article WAZ of some use to me, but it WAZ not the best I have seen, because it WAZ brief and WAZ lacking in depth, and it WAZ only for beginners. p.s. Writing an article in text message speak makes you sound like a WAZzock
      PearlJamania
      haha maxxxisgod youre dead right you bummed this guy out to the max. tallica1708, you probably shouldnt bother with your next article... I just dont think youre cut out for this sort of thing.
      lawn gnome
      i can't believe you actually wasted your time writing this trash. and i can't believe you wasted mine by posting it.
      guitargod67
      shouldve gone more indepth for all the begginers...also chorus is really useful good for clean parts in rock songs...like mudvayne Happy? it sounds awesome in the song makes it have good flow