#1
Well I've been playing for over a year and it's finally about time I get a pedal board. What are some essential pedals I need to get? I'm not asking for brand names, just specific effects. Brand names reccomendations are more tthan welcome but please explain the type of effect(s) it gives. Thanks!
#2
Modulation effects: Chorus, Flange, Wah, Phase, Delay.
Distortion/Fuzz.
Overdrive.
Volume pedal.

That's all I can think of right now.
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Depends on what kinda music you will be playing.....also if you already have built-in effects in your amp, such as reverb or distortion, then you won't need a pedal unless you think you need something better
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Modulation effects: Chorus, Flange, Wah, Phase, Delay.
Distortion/Fuzz.
Overdrive.
Volume pedal.

That's all I can think of right now.

i don't know if those are essential. TS, what kind of music do you play/what kind of gear do you have now?
#6
i personally recommend just like a digitech rp 250. now i know most of the effects arent as good as the real thing, but lets face it, were not pro muscians our distortion doesnt need to be perfect. however i will say the wah on it is ridiculously bad beyond belief.
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#7
A distortion, the intensity depends on what you want to play. A reverb is usually good to have, unless you have it on your amp. A delay is excellent to have, and it can really help your sound. Personally, I would say a chorus, because it is a really useful effect, and really sounds great. Also, an octave shifter is really nice to have.

If you are looking for some crazier sounds, go with a Wah, Phaser, Flanger, or a Tremolo.
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Mostly rock/hard rock/alternative, etc. Some of my fav. bands Zeppelin, Chili Peppers, TOOL, Pumpkins, Floyd, GnR, basically all the good stuff. Currently I use a Schecter and I'm using a cheap ass Spyder 3 amp. I plan on upgrading a new amp w/ the pedals.h
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What does Chorus do?


My model makes my guitar sound like the Vienna Boys' Choir but I think I got ripped off.

What it does is take the sound from the guitar and creates a sound very similar (not exactly the same) in pitch and timbre, so it sounds fuller and almost shimmery in a way.
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Quote by H4T3BR33D3R
Modulation effects: Chorus, Flange, Wah, Phase, Delay.
Distortion/Fuzz.
Overdrive.
Volume pedal.

That's all I can think of right now.


I definitely don't think a flanger, wah or phase is essential at all. I'd say delay is very worthwhile and chorus is good too at times. Generally one good overdrive pedal is a must, but eventually the best thing ends up being a good guitar + good amp with no pedals in between.
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Quote by DaDude450
i personally recommend just like a digitech rp 250. now i know most of the effects arent as good as the real thing, but lets face it, were not pro muscians our distortion doesnt need to be perfect. however i will say the wah on it is ridiculously bad beyond belief.



+1 for the RP 250 (oh, and +1000 for the crappy wah!) Seriously though, for the money this is a great multi effects pedal and more. A very good place to start.
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I think it varies from person to person really. The essential things really should be:

Overdrive/solo boost,
EQ.

I think anything after that is just your preference. Things like wah for instance, never seem essential to me.
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I think it varies from person to person really. The essential things really should be:

Overdrive/solo boost,
EQ.

I think anything after that is just your preference. Things like wah for instance, never seem essential to me.


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I'd say the only somewhat essential effect would be an overdrive or distortion, depending on how much gain you need, this depends on which amp you have, once I got my H&K I stopped using distortion pedals mostly, but with my previous amp I needed a distortion pedal to get any kind of gain on it.

All other effects are not essential(in my opinion anyways), fun to mess around with and stuff, but definitely not essential.
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#20
If you haven't found yourself in need of any effects so far, chances are you dont need them. If your amp doesn't do it then maybe get distortion/overdrive and reverb.
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The first pedal i bought was a distortion box. That was because i was using a solid state amp. When i got my Laney, i went and got my overdrive, and later, my tubescreamer. I don't care much for modulations, but if you play metal and alot of wah-ey sounds, a wah might be good.
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#23
There are no "essential" pedals as such. just what you want to get.

My pedalboard, once complete, will go like this:

Danelectro Talkbox (first in line because when switched on it routes the signal elsewhere)
Wah (Old beaten up "Jen-Electronica" crybaby i found for £15)
Distortion (boss DS-2, i don't care if people think it sucks, i like the sound, i'm getting one.)
Overdrive (Marshall JH-1 in overdrive mode)
Chorus (EHX Small clone - i don't really consider myself needing chorus that much but i'm literally DYING for one of these, absolutely brilliant sound)
Delay/Echo (old beaten up Danelectro DE-1 someone sold me for £2 )

and thats all i want. for reverb i use my amps footswitchable reverb.
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#24
wah wah pedal gain or fuzz maybe a delay.... those are always funn
#25
He said he had a Spyder 3 amp. He was going to upgrade with pedals. Why isn't anyone suggesting a new amp.
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#26
At the moment I only have a distortion pedal but my teacher has this multieffects board that can do some amazing things and I will definetly be getting something like it when I have the money. His cost a few hundred £. But it is definetly worth it, it has every effect you will ever need and it can even alter your sound so you dont have to detune your guitar unless your using drop tuning or something
#27
Quote by Kurapica
I think it varies from person to person really. The essential things really should be:

Overdrive/solo boost,
EQ.


I think anything after that is just your preference. Things like wah for instance, never seem essential to me.



Best advice here. Start simple and easy. May be think about a delay pedal as well.

First things first... upgrade to a good valve amp. Work on your chops/technique. That is more important than having a giant board of pedals... once you are feeling proficient... then move to the pedals.
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