#1
i dont have a pedal ive been playing guitar for 2 years i dont really know what they do all i know is that they change the effects to your amp or something HELP!!
#2
Holy crap.

1. Google.

2. Go to a guitar store and check them out.

3. Google.

4. Check in any of the forums.

There are way too many to explain.

Here we go. Wah pedal, makes a wah wah sound. For technicals of it, check out a Wiki perhaps. Overdrive, overdrives the signal and creates a (usually) crisp almost distorted tone. Distortion... done. Delay, adds delay to sound. Reverb... done. Whammy pedals increase/decrease pitch depending on the placement.

Remember, pedals only modify the sound. Don't think you can get a crap amp and buy a pedal so it'll sound good. Amp overdrive generally > Pedal overdrive.

Edit: EQ pedals OWN.
Last edited by Eminored at Oct 29, 2007,
#3
If you have a distortion pedal, the amp should be set clean. Then when you play your guitar, if the pedal is up then the sound is clean, and if the pedal is pressed down then you get a distorted setting. This is the same for any other fx pedal, say a wah pedal...up you get no wah, pressed down you get wah. Simeple as that.
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#5
sorry dudes i just havent had time to check up on it and none of my friends that play have pedals how do you hook them up to your guitar do you put the lead from the pedal into the amp or what??
#6
You usually plug your guitar into the pedal and plug the pedal into the amp. Depending on what effect you're using, you might put it in the FX Loop of the amp. You're going to need more cables if you're gonna use pedals. Some people that use multiple pedals in a set-up usually get a pedal board to organize it all.
#7
A pedal is basically just a switch that exists between your guitar and your amplifier. When the pedal is switched on it changes the electronic signal (usually digitally) that is recieved by your amplifier. Certain pedals have different properties and change your signal in different ways. For example a delay pedal will make your guitar signal repeat itself so u get an echoing effect, a distortion pedal crops the signal so it produces more gain and a overdrive pedal boosts the signal so the amp crops your frequency at lower volumes.
#8
Guitar - Cable to pedal - cable from pedal to amp.

So yes. There are also short (like 15cm) patch cables if you have multiple pedals.
#9
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A pedal is basically just a switch that exists between your guitar and your amplifier. When the pedal is switched on it changes the electronic signal (usually digitally) that is recieved by your amplifier. Certain pedals have different properties and change your signal in different ways. For example a delay pedal will make your guitar signal repeat itself so u get an echoing effect, a distortion pedal crops the signal so it produces more gain and a overdrive pedal boosts the signal so the amp crops your frequency at lower volumes.


He has taken the time to fill your empty brain. Good job, sir, I wish I was as knowledgeable as you.
#10
Effects can change a variety of things to do with your sound. There's a few main types of pedal:
Clipping
These pedals clip the signal, distorting the sound. This category includes distortion, overdrive and fuzz pedals. I'm assuming you know what these sound like.

Volume/Tone
These pedals basically change the volume or tone of your guitar to create different effects
Volume pedals - Act like the volume knob on your guitar, but you don't have to lose a hand to turn the knob, you can use your foot.
Tremolo pedals - Rapidly lowers the volume of the signal and raises it, or cuts it altogether and restore volume to create a tremolo or stuttering effect
Wah Wah - Acts like a tone knob - and creates the distinctive wah wah effect
Compression - This evens out all the peaks and valleys of your playing - louds are quieter and quiets are louder to even out picking dynamics

Modulation
These pedals include phasers and flangers. It's difficult to describe how they sound, and the differences, but they basically create a sweeping, twisting sound

Ambience
This includes reverb, echos and delays
Reverb creates a wet tone, like playing in a cathedral
Delay repeats what you just played, but quieter
Echo is like a delay with reverb

You can get stompbox (individual, normally analogue pedals) and multi FX (often digital). Stompbox pedals tend to have a better sound quality, but obviously a multi-thousand dollar multi-FX will be better than a stompbox that cost $40

EDIT:
Pitchshifters/Octavers
Shifts pitch of note/changes the octave
Harmonisers add a tone a certain interval above or below so you play in chords.
Last edited by National_Anthem at Oct 29, 2007,
#11
whoa thanks dudes thats helped me a lot im thinking of buying one now
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just by reading your post I get the feeling like you're tattling on him to mommy. yeah, it's a noob thing to get an mg or a spider, but there's no reason to go around pointing it out like that.

anyway, before you get pedals, you should invest in a better amp. what kind of music do you play, and how much money do you have to buy a new amp with? also, where will you be playing?
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#16
congratulations, you have not learned to read!

there is a thread at the top of the forum that says to read it before you post. it has all the information you asked for and more! please take a moment out of your day and skim/read the aforementioned thread. have a nice day
#17
hey dudes its not nice to make fun of me i got a MG when i first started and i guess my other thread has been mixed in with this one what i want to know is what pedal i will get
(i play rock and metal music i play at home mainly for practicing and well i havent started thinking about saving up for an amp but i would say around £50-£150)