Ever imagined how Guitars have that special effect coming out of them. Well, as far as I am concerned, I didn’t even know they had any particular effect coming out of them!! Off course I was a newbie to the world of music, but now I appreciate a lot of things.
This effect making device is called a Guitar Pedal.
So why is a Guitar pedal so crucial? The answer is that there are no correct answers. It depends upon the kind of music people like to play, what kind of Guitar pedal they want to operate upon, the effect produced by these Guitar pedals.
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When we searched for the word Guitar Pedal, we were surprised to see that no one in India has ever written a detailed piece of blog on this subject. We saw this as a huge opportunity to serve our readers. Hence this blog. This is informative with Guitar Pedals whose prices always fluctuate.
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1. Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Pedal
Well, it seems people at Xotic are trying hard to challenge the adage, “Good things don’t come in a small package”. I mean hard. An incredible guitar pedal which is compact.
The Guitar pedal is true bypass, with a soft-touch switch on it, decent and nice. As a control, you have volume, a blend and then a low mid and high switch on the front. The blend knob is a clean blend, which means you get 100 % clean signal allowing you to use it as a clean boost up to 15 Db. You can also adjust this blend knob for compression, but then no clean signal running through.
Now, most compression Guitar pedal work by raising volume and then lowering down all the louder notes, thereby levelling your play. The downside to this is that it makes it hard to play as dynamic; you could lose your playing dynamics. This is especially true if amplifiers are set. In short, you cannot play over the compressor.
But with blend knob, you could blend your clean signal, with the room for going top of the compressed signal. All this, while you can still set the impression as tight as you want and pushing your amplifier as per your discretion.
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Inside, it has a 9 Volt battery, with a series of dip switches. First two switches adjust the amount of attack this pedal has on it. Then we have treble boost switch and then a bass-cut switch. So three is our high pass filter allowing your Guitar to go through, the fourth one is low pass filter. Up means, this fourth filter is a regular mode, and when you flip it down, it kicks the small cut. This allows you to play humbucker-equipped Guitar.
Having a glance at the included manual reveals that this Guitar pedal contains four internal two-way dip switches in addition to the two surface knobs and three-way Low/Mid/Hi toggle switch for a total of 7 parameter adjustment controls. That’s a lot of options for such a small unit. You can tell that Xotic spared no consideration for offering the most versatility they could squeeze into the SP Compressor.
Compression effect from a Guitar pedal is often hard to convey quite a lot of times. It is often more heard and felt but things like attack and blend etc. are difficult to know a few times.
2. Xotic EP Booster Mini Guitar Pedal
The design is on the line of compressor model of Xotic Guitar pedal. Built wise, I must admit, it is a very solid body, I guess its steel!! And do is pretty heavy, with robust switches on it.
This guitar pedal has single boost knob on it, with a boost capacity of maximum 20 Db. Also got dip switch at back as well, to change the boost a little bit the initial boost.
I tried to plug in my guitar with this Guitar pedal, and it has thrown light on the unknown qualities of my electric Guitar. I thought I heard a boost of some kind to the low and high frequencies, but after repeated A/B listening to the sound with and without the EP Booster, it’s as if simply adds more harmonic depth to the sound.
On clean channels, the knob serves to add a considerable amount of boost, great for defining a boosted lead tone. But considering how the mysterious magic of this pedal increases as you turn the knob, you may want to turn it up to a level that suits you and tailor your amp tone and volume level around the EP Booster.
On high gain amp settings, the volume boost from the EP Booster becomes diminished. Seriously, you can just leave on and forget about it. Its subtle character enhancement sounds suitable for any sound.
The noise floor does rise as you crank the knob, so only a little bit of this pedal’s characteristic boost may be necessary. But no matter how you use it, it’s hard to get a bad sound from the EP Booster.
3. TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 Reverb Guitar Pedal
This guitar pedal has some of the most excellent features you could imagine at this price, one real shimmer reverb, three tune prints lots and finally MASH technology in the bypass switch.
This guitar pedal has the same built as its predecessor. It has stereo inputs and outputs; it has a 9-volt adapter, power inlet and outlet, USB port for connectivity to the computer.
Now coming to the knobs part, it has standard decay knob (in the upper right-hand corner), tone knob (top right-hand corner), right under the decay knob it has a level knob that is essentially wet/dry mix, right undertone knob has delay type. You would be pleasantly surprised by a different kind of built-inn delay types.
Then it has not just one but three-tone print slots. In the middle of the delay pedal, there is a three-way switch, and this is known as pre-delay. It gives you the option of short reverb pre-delay along with reverb pre-delay, and then a third option which I guess is for extra long reverb pre-delay (Pre-delay is the time between the end of the initial sound and the beginning of the first reflections being audible)
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Talking about the built-in delays. Church will have your ambient, clean leads sounding like they’ve been summoned inside the largest cathedral imaginable, while the spring function nails the old-school silver face tone: perfect for rockabilly, blues and classical styles of playing.
Mod and lofi settings offer some more experimental tones; while plate, hall and room will get you that crystal clear studio reverb that’ll have you sounding slick and clear.
At the bottom, there is a bypass switch. Its primary job is to turn the reverb on/off, it also incorporates a new technology which is called a MASH technology. This means when the bypass switch is engaged you can apply variable pressure on the switch, essentially turning it into an expression pedal.
The cutting edge MASH technology essentially integrates all the added fluidity of an expression pedal into a compact format, which adds a whole new level of playability – and most importantly, musicality – to the Hall of Fame.
You’re able to control almost every parameter imaginable through MASH integration, including length and decay, which can all be altered in real-time on the fly. Paired with the lush, crystalline sounds of the shimmer function, you’re able to craft some ethereal dreamscapes and swells that sound utterly three-dimensional.
Really a great guitar pedal to buy!!
4. TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Polyphonic Guitar Tuner Pedal
TC Electronics is one of the few companies trying to push the envelope and trying for constant innovation.
The first thing great about this guitar pedal is that it integrates a buffer, the longer the lead, the more you have in your signal chain, the more likely you be losing highs. By putting the buffer back into the signal chain, it allows recovering the same.
But TC electronic has decided to integrate it with this guitar pedal, thereby saving cost as well.
Some of its top features are:
1. Quickly get in tune with polyphonic, chromatic and strobe tuning modes.
2. Built-in all-analogue Bonafide Buffer circuitry preserves your tone through long cable runs and convoluted pedalboards
3. Polyphonic tuning lets you tune all your strings at once
4. This guitar pedal has lightning-fast chromatic tuner offers 0.5 cent accuracy
5. It hasUltra-precise strobe tuner which gives you ±0.02 cent accuracy for ultimate tuning performance.
6. Exceptional buffer keeps your tone transparent and crisp with a 1 MΩ input, 100 Ω output and extremely high >112 dB signal to noise ratio.
7. This guitar pedal has switchable true bypass/buffer modes let you optimize signal integrity for any set-up
8. “Always on” tuning mode, in this guitar pedal, keeps tuner on and detecting your strings, even when not muted.
9. Super-bright 109-LED display and an ambient light detector provide an instant clear readout in all viewing conditions
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10. Automatically switches between polyphonic and monophonic tuning modes based on how many strings you play
Keeping in mind the features available in this guitar pedal, there is hardly any cons which we could have discovered in it.
5. Xotic Effects Wah XW-1 Effects Pedal
So this guitar pedal is first shot of Xotic at Wah Pedal. They have done a pretty decent job at this, with outstanding built quality with smaller footprint area and versatility I am eager to share my experience with this Guitar Pedals.
The first talk about the functionality mixed with features, they have four control on the outside of the law for easy, immediate tweaking. It also has input gain trimmer set in, so you can just engage it and rest it would take care of itself.
Or, if you want to lower the high ends, like the ones capable of shattering the glasses, one can also adjust the presence cut, which can peel all those highs.
This guitar pedal has a light indicating when it is on. I know it may seem to be a very ordinary thing, but believe me, when you are performing and could not find out the reason for strange sound, you will its value, so you better thank me.
Another great feature is relay bypass switching which means that your footswitch will work. No need to kick your Guitar pedal from now on, it is fully adjustable with self-lubricating nylon bushings. So essentially it means it’s going to run smoothly for a very long time.
Now let us talk about is controls; it has got a button for bias. Now the moment it is ON you are going to get a more pronounced sweep, and you are going to have a firmer base frequency.
Next in line is WAH-Q, this adjusts the width of the filter. Suitable for those who want to rock all the way. I like the fact that just with a switch, you can radically change your tone.
Last two knobs are for just EQ, first is treble and second is bass. But the exciting thing about this Guitar pedal is that you could either add or subtract 15 Db in your tone. Now that is a hell lot of gain.
6. MXR M290 Phase 95 Mini Guitar Pedal
It is an excellent Guitar pedal, one of the few good things in world that comes in a small package. It combines of the MXR iconic phase circuits, the phase 45 and phase 90. It also has a script switch, which, when engaged, takes the feedback.
Let us talk about its functionality; it has got one knob that adjusts the speed of the phaser.
Now let me give a brief about a phaser, it is a simple pedal, but it is complicated in terms of what goes inside it. An audio signal acts as an input, and it is then split into two different signals.
One signal is not even touched upon; the other signal is treated with a phase shift at 180 degrees out of phase in certain areas in a frequency range.
The more stages you add, the more demonstrative the effects would be, phase 45 has two stages of phasing, whereas phase 90 has four stages of phasing.
Another factor is feedback. When the script switch is engaged, it takes the feedback out of the circuit.
Phase 95 is set to modern style phasing by default, which relies on feedback to create light harmonic distortion and gives the effect a more accentuated swoosh. Engaging the Script switch removes feedback, subdued sound with higher headroom and greater clarity. The familiar Speed control sets the rate of the effect.
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It’s hard to find fault with a phaser that’s simultaneously as simple to use and flexible as the Phase 95.
So, if you don’t experiment with phaser and gain placement much, the script settings may seem redundant, mainly because they can sound excessively filtered and flat with clean tones. The bottom line is that Phase 95 is a lot of modulation for the money. And, in such compact form, it’s probably got a lot more pedalboard staying power, too.
Overall, it is a nice guitar pedal to start with.
7. MXR Dyna Comp Guitar Pedal
I will go ahead and quote a customer’s verdict on this one,
“This comp pedal is more than just that. It’s an excellent compressor, a killer sustainer and a very useful clean boost. Just sparkles my tone. Don’t just think of it as a country pedal. It is much more than that. Compared to the Script Dyna Comp, this one is brighter, and that’s warmer. Personal preference. But considering that one is double the price, this is a no brainer. If I had more money, I would get a four knob Keeley Compressor. But, I don’t have as much requirement for a compressor, and this one does the job well.
People complaining about noise issues have a noisy guitar/effects chain. The problem is not in this pedal. It is common sense. A compressor picks up the frequency. If your rig is already noisy, it will enhance or bring up the noise signal too — common sense. So no worries here. Great little sound enhancer. Gilmour and thousands of more guitar gods have used one.”
It’s a pretty long verdict, but you get the gist. The customer has penned down emotions. It is simple, not too expensive and effortless to use. So it is everything you ever dreamt about a guitar pedal.
It does change your tone a little bit. It has lovely and dynamic compression, nothing flunky about it. This well known analogue compressor adds natural sustain while maintaining pick attack. Slow-release time and its slow release time gives a gradual volume increase.
It has two knobs with one switch, can be powered with 9 Volt battery or with an AC adapter. The true bypass switch means that when it is disengaged, you do not have the colouration of your signals.
It is excellent for clean chords, like 1980s style stuff. It puts that same kind of chime into these chords. With sensitivity knob on the higher side, has more attack and more sustain. Great for single node lead lines.
8. KLIQ TinyTune Tuner Guitar Pedal
This guitar pedal is only for people who play standing up, and for people who play either an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar with a pickup. The reason for this, in case you’re not familiar with pedal tuners – you can only use it if you plug into it via cable. So no microphone, no piezo sensor, everything is done through a cable.
So, with that out of the way, this is probably the cheapest decent guitar pedal tuner.
The other thing is that you have to use this guitar pedal with a power adapter, so no batteries. So in short, buy this only if you are on a strict budget, you play standing up, and you already have a power supply set-up for your pedalboard. Otherwise, count spending a bit more for a power adapter.
- Type: Chromatic, Pedal
- Build: Aluminum
- Tuning: Cable
- Powered With: 9V Power Adapter/Supply (not included)
- Drop/flat tunings up to 4 semitones below standard pitch.
- Pedals mute the signal when the tuner is engaged.
- Massive duty switch eliminates accidental triggering and provides tactile feedback.
This guitar pedal is incredibly fast and accurate and well manufactured in a rugged metal chassis with a massive duty switch that prevents accidental triggering! There are no hidden buttons or confusing modes on the KLIQ TinyTune. It features drop/flat tuning up-to four semitones below standard tuning, and it mutes as engaged for silent tuning.
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9. Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Pedal
This guitar pedal is a mammoth sounding guitar pedal. It is excellent with a lot of settings, and it is extremely touch-sensitive.
Now, let us talk about its controls. It is pretty decent set-up with on/off switch, but it is a true bypass. It has a tone controller which has a lot of flexibility. It can brighten up a dark amp or tame a bright amp. A lot of headroom on the volume and then there is the drive knob that drives all the way cranked up and finally is the HP/LP switch.
HP/LP switch stands for High Peak/ Low Peak. LP gives you unadulterated tone, kind of your tone that you have. HP gives you a boosted mid with a little boosted high but raised volume for sure. Even with a little bit of gain.
Drive, Volume, & Tone Controls: pretty standard fare one most overdrives for letting you dial in the gain, adjust the output volume, and find just the right tonal balance.
HP/LP Switch: The High-Peak function gives you increased distortion and low-end, thickening up your sound. The Low-Peak mode gives you a more accurate rendition of your sound with the minimal colouration of your tone
9-Volt or 18-Volt Power: Use a standard 9-volt adapter or plugin an 18-volt power supply for even more headroom.
True Bypass Switching: This comes via Fulltone’s very own custom 3PDT footswitch which they swear is the best in the world.
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Finally, adding to our delight was also its consistency, made possible by its output buffer, which eliminates alterations or changes made by effects after the True Bypass mode. You do not need to worry about complex signal-chains or whatnot interfering with your sound, all thanks to the buffer, which is also capable of reducing the load during the intense clipping stages.
Buying Guide Guitar Pedal
These guitar pedal allow you to change the sound of the Guitar, which can be achieved subtly or a bit more drastically depending on the kind of the pedal and the settings you use.
But most of the guitar pedals are classified on the basis of the effect they produce. Let us first start with knowing how many kinds of pedals are available.
There are two kinds of guitar pedals available:
A. Individual pedals:
These offer a single type of effect be in overdrive mode. Put it in simple words; it specializes in just one kind of effect.
These are way more easy to use than their multi-effects units counterpart. Also, not to mention way more intuitive.
These tend to have more unique sounding and are inclined to more of a specialist in one specific effect. Speaking as a struggling guitarist!! I feel building up your pedalboard and experimenting with how different Guitar pedals combine a long way.
Although using such a single pedal can prove to be very expensive.
B. Multi-effects unit:
As the name suggests, these guitar pedal don’t specialize in single effects but instead, act like Jack of all the effects. A little bit of everything, but master of none.
These are very cost-effective and are simpler to connect up. You are only going to need just two cables, and they allow you to save the preset tones. This can enable you to recall multiple effects settings and sounds with a single button.
Although, these can sometimes prove to be less intuitive to use, as you might have to scroll through complicated menus. Also, occasionally multi-effects units sometimes sound a little crude. But that is just my observation.
Now let us, deep-dive, into the kind of effects these Guitar pedals can provide.
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1. Dynamic effects:
It has compressor pedals, eq’s signal boosters and volume pedals. I would discuss them as you read further.
Now throughout the blog, you would find me using the word “ signal chain”. What it does mean is the order of certain pedals which are usually connected and the way they affect the sound between Guitar and amplifier.
Now I cannot discuss what does signal chain (include an article) means in details here, but when it comes to dynamic effect, as a rule of thumb, the guitar pedals are best placed near the beginning of the signal chain.
It means it will be one of if not the first pedal that you plug your guitar into.
Compressor pedals: It compresses guitar output signal to make it a more consistent volume, quite a note become louder, and the volume of harder playing is brought down.
Booster pedals: Increases the strength of guitar output, giving you a volume boost without adding distortion. These are great for boosting a slightly weak sound in single-coil pickups and work well for pushing a clean sound and valve.
EQ pedal: It allows to boost or cut bass middle and treble frequencies, so you can tailor your sound to cut through a mix. Also useful to enhance feedback frequencies.
Volume pedal: Finally, in dynamic effect category is this volume pedal. It works in the same way as the volume controller in guitar. These can also be used to clean up an overdrive amplifier sounds or to create lovely slow attack volume swells.
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2. Pitch shifters
Now there are two kinds of Guitars pedals that fall into this category, octaves guitar pedal and Harmonizers guitar pedal. Most octave pedals allow you to add harmony notes, which means one could thicken up a tone by adding base notes.
It works in a very similar way to an octave, but instead of harmony notes being set to just octaves, they allow to choose the interval of the harmony notes that is being added such as thirds or fifths etc. Simply great for adding distortedly lines.
So if you did want to be able to add harmony notes when you re playing chords, you would need to go with a polyphonic harmonizer, say something like electro harmonic poke which stands for polyphonic octave generator. Essentially, this can take chords or multiple notes being played at the same time, giving you lovely sounds at the same time.
4. Drive Pedals
So if you are looking to play blues, rock, metal, punk, wait a minute did I cover everything there!! Yea that is what this pedal is right for, virtually everything. Allowing you to instantly beef up your tone, thereby transforming clean Guitar into a snarling rock and roll beast at a single tough.
Overdrive, distortion and fuzz effects are all part of the drive pedal family. Although each of them is very individualistic, in terms of tone and effect, they all are part of a pedal guitar effect family.
One thing which stands particularly out is the presence of gain knob. It increases the amount of overdrive, distortion or fuzz. These guitar pedals cover almost all the genre and can be used to add either a subtle bit of bluesy crunch to a clean sound or at higher gain settings to create smooth sound.
5. Distortion pedal:
Compared to overdrive pedals, sound from these guitar pedals are way harsher. No doubt, why they are found more association with a heavier style of music, such as hard rock. Their very tight dynamic response makes them ideal for fast, powerful heavy metal. They are employing hard clipping techniques that are harsh a tone.
6. Modulation effects:
This does incorporate different types of pedals, the most common being chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo and vibrato pedals.
Now the only thing in common in each one of them is that they share a couple of common controls mainly speed and depth of modulation effect. Chorus is excellent for thickening of tone. Sounding almost like two guitarists playing precisely the same thing but slightly out of tune with each other.
Phases and flanges add more of a kind of sweeping sounds while Tremeloes and vibrato add a more rhythmic pulsing effect.
To make things short, modulation guitar pedals can be used to subtly augment your guitar tone while adding some extra depth and intrigue. But if you crank up the settings, you could get kind of weird and wobbly sweeping but more of a throbbing sounds.
7. Delay and Echo:
When we use words like “Delay” and “Echo” we are essentially talking about the same effect in the world of guitar effects. So, mostly an echo will usually be referring to an impact thus emulating an old vintage tape echo machine. Kind of 1950s rock and roll music.
During old days, delay guitar pedal relied upon a short loop piece of tape. Still, now modern delay guitar pedal is capable of creating much longer intervals between echo repeats without compromising the sonic quality of the effect.
Now coming to echo, it is kind of a subcategory of delay effect with most delay guitar pedals capable of creating those shorter style echoes as well as long delays.
Now in terms of delay guitar pedals, there are two types:
A. Digital: It utilizes digital circuitry so it can produce a very clean sound some pretty great delay time.
B. Analog: It uses analogue components meaning they tend to create a warmer but less sterile tone, and the sound of echo repeats will start to degrade as they fade.
Whether you go for an analog or digital delay will depend on your personal preference and a style of music that you are playing.
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8. Reverb pedals:
This kind of guitar pedal offers a much more ambient type of effect with no real note definition. Imagine playing a beautiful and loud Guitar in a large warehouse with all sound reflections and reverberations going on.
A reverb guitar pedal can transform the tone and vibe, getting you everything from a subtle vintage-sounding room to right up to enormous effect packed with overtones.
The Effects Signal Chain Order
Your signal chain starts at your guitar and passes through each cable and pedal until it reaches your amplifier, the speakers, and finally your ears. If you use a collection of dedicated effects stompboxes, you will be faced with a perennial question raised by guitarists: what is the best way to connect these units into a single signal chain that is easy to set up and won’t degrade your tone.
There is some generally accepted wisdom regarding the proper order for multiple effects in your signal chain. This is because as a signal is modified from one effect to the next, it can change the way each subsequent effect processes the signal, and ultimately how your overall tone sounds.
Recommended Signal Chain Order
Many pro guitarists and guitar techs accept the order shown below as the best way to get a pleasing sound out of your different effects. But this is just a starting point—signal chains are a topic of endless debate, and arriving at the right sequence may involve lots of experimentation.
- Signal conditioners
- Distortion and overdrive effects
- Volume or level effects
- Modulation effects
- Pitch-shifting effects
- Time-based effects
So, this is all from our end. We have tried our best to provide you with information on the guitar pedal. In fact, this blog on top guitar pedal in India has been complied with after a lot of deliberations.
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