Knowing Your Effects

author: Tim_5150 date: 06/27/2005 category: the guide to
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Hi. Tim5150's back; fortunately or unfortunately. I'll be taking about the different classifications of effects. Effects are used to change or enhance the sound an instrument produces. Effects may be categorized as two things: A single effect pedal (a.k.a Stomp Box) and a multi-effects processor.

Single Effect Pedal

A single effect pedal as the name suggests, produces only one type of effect. Though it only produces one effect, you have more control over the effect it produces, compared to a multi-effect. SFX pedals also tend to sound better because of its true bypass.

Multi-Effects Processor

A multi-effects processor is a lot like a full pedal board, digitalized, and rolled-up into one large multi-stomp box. You have less control over effects, but you can use multiple effects all at the same time - all on one patch. Another good thing about multi-effects is that the new ones have amp-modeling and or cab-modeling. Amp-modeling allows you to mimic the sound of a certain popular amplifier, while cab-modeling allows you to mimic the sound of a popular cabinet. I highly suggest buying a multi-effect processor for beginners. It's cheaper than buying a load of SFX pedals, and it'll give you something to work with while you're still trying to figure out what kind of sound you want to produce. P.S. not all multi-effects processors are large, have expression pedals, amp and cab modeling, and multiple foot switches.


Effects may be classified into four different categories. Overdrive/ Distortion, Modulation, Dynamic, and Equalization. Overdrive/ Distortion: these effects boost your instruments sound to produce a distorted or driven sound. Suggested buys:
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
  • Pro Co Rat 2
  • Marshall Guv'nor
  • Fulltone Fulldrive II
  • Boss DS-1
  • MXR M-104 Distortion+
  • Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
  • Digitech Metal Master
  • Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory
  • Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi
  • Roger Mayer Classic Fuzz
  • Fulltone OCD Modulation: this effect modulates your signal. It may modulate your pitch and or time to produce a different sound. Phase, Chorus, Octave, Flange, Vibrato, Pitch shift all fall under this category. Suggested buys: Phase
  • MXR M-101 Phase 90
  • MXR EVH Phase 90
  • Electro Harmonix Small Stone
  • DOD FX20C Stereo Phaser Chorus
  • MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus
  • Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
  • Electro Harmonix Small Clone
  • Boss CE-20 Chorus Ensemble Octave
  • Roger Mayer Octavia
  • MXR M-103 Blue Box
  • Boss OC-2 Octave
  • JH3-S Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz Flange
  • MXR M-117 Flanger
  • Boss BF-3 Stereo Flanger
  • DOD FX75C Stereo Flanger Vibrato
  • Jim Dunlop Rotovibe
  • DOD FX22 VibroThang Pitch Shift
  • Boss PS-5 Super Shifter
  • Digitech Whammy
  • Boss HR-2 Harmonist Dynamic: this effect may enhance your sound or modulate your time. Volume, Tremolo, Reverb, Echo, and Delay fall under this category. Delay
  • Boss DD-6 Stereo Delay
  • Digitech Digidelay
  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Echo
  • Danelectro Reel Echo
  • Danelectro Dan Echo
  • Maestro Echoplex (no longer in production) Reverb
  • Danelectro Spring King
  • Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
  • Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb Tremolo
  • Guyatone VT-3 Vintage Tremolo
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo Volume
  • Morley Little Alligator
  • Jim Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal Equalization: these effects allow you to cut or boost equalization. Wah, Envelop Filter, Graphic EQ, and Contour Wah fall under this. Wah
  • Jim Dunlop Classic Crybaby
  • Morley Classic Wah
  • Morley Bad Horsie
  • Vox V-847 Wah Envelop Filter
  • DOD Envelop Filter
  • Dunlop Q-Zone
  • Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Graphic EQ
  • MXR KFK-1 Ten Band EQ
  • Boss GE-7 Equalizer
  • MXR M-109 6 Band Graphic EQ
  • MXR M-10B 10 Band EQ Contour Wah
  • Morley Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah I'm not sure whether these pedals are SFX pedals or multi-effects processorsso I'll call em' B42T4RI>2 B42T4RI>2: a cross between a SFX pedal and a Multi-effects processor. These have true bypass. Ex
  • Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory
  • Digitech The Weapon
  • Digitech Crossroads
  • Boss OS-2 Overdrive/ Distortion These pedals are pretty neat, and they have reasonable prices too! Here are some really neat pedals which most people neglect. Acoustic simulator: this little box enables you to mimic an acoustic guitar using your electric guitar. Try
  • Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator Compressor: I'm sorry I didn't put this up in the classifications part. I honestly don't know what category this falls under. This effect compresses all your instruments' signals and equalizes them, so that they all have the same volume. This also ads a little more crunch to your sound. Try
  • Marshall EQ-1 The Compressor
  • Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
  • Digitech Main Squeeze
  • MXR M-102 Dyna Comp
  • MXR M-132 Super Comp Tuner: this is a godsend to people who can't tune well. This is also quite handy on or off set in a gig. Try
  • Fender PT-10 Tuner Noise Gate/Reducer: this lessens or eliminates the noise from your long line of effects. Try
  • MXR M-135 Smart Gate
  • DOD Gate/Loop
  • Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Talk Box: this is the Wah pedals little saliva covered brother. Try
  • Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box
  • Jim Dunlop Heil Talk Box
  • Peter Frampton Framptone Talk Box Well that about concludes the article. But before that, let me teach you how to make your own Passive Tone Booster! You will need
  • 3- 500K Potentiometers
  • 1- 250K Potentiometer
  • 3- Stereo/ Mono output/input Jacks
  • 3- 223K Resistors
  • 1- Metal/ Plastic Box (for the chassis. Preferably rectangular)
  • Insulated Copper wire (lots)
  • Soldering Lead
  • Soldering Iron
  • 4- knobs
  • cutter
  • long nose
  • a crap load of patience Procedure: 01. Drill in four holes on the lid of the chassis for the potentiometers to go thru. 02. Drill in a hole on the right side for the input, and 2 on the left side for the output jacks. 03. Screw in the jacks and potentiometers (order:500K-250K-500K-500K) 04. Tone POTs: Solder the resistors to the POTs (order: 250K-500K-500K). One end to the third prong (hot) of the POT and one end to the back (ground) of the pot. 05. Volume POTs: Solder the third prong of the last (from the right. 500K) pot to its back (ground point) 06. (From the right) solder the tone POTs third prong to the (beside) tone POTs center prong. Do this to chain all the POTs together (series). 07. Solder the hot connection of the input jack to the tone POTs second prong, and the ground connection to the tone POTs ground point. 08. Solder the hot connections of the 2 output jacks to the volume POTs second prong, and the 2 ground connections to the volume POTs ground point. Please email me if you want a wiring diagram or photo of the prototype ( Well I hope I've given you some useful information. Please use the sites below for more info on effects:
  • Btw if you want to ask me for tips on how to chain up your stomp boxes just email me. I will be answering all questions personally, unless the answer is something important that I've missed in this article. I've also tried to change my writing style...i hope its better now...
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