Top 3 Guitar Effects Pedals Every Guitarist Needs
When you first look into getting some guitar effects pedals, the sheer volume of different options can be a little overwhelming. Even if you had the time to try out a 1000+ combinations before deciding on which pedals to purchase, there are a few pedals, that pretty much every guitarist will use at some point.
As nice as it would be to be able to afford every pedal every made, you will most likely on be able to afford a few pedals when you first start out.
So, for your convenience, I would like to offer a suggestion of the top 3 guitar effects pedals almost every guitarist needs.
A tuner is the most important pedal in my opinion. If you aren’t playing in tune, than it’s going to sound bad full stop.
One of my favourite tuners is the Boss TU3. It’s an accurate tuner and will last a long time, which has been proven over the years. As far as I know, it has always been a popular tuner among pro guitarists. Also, It’s a great pedal to have at the start of your ‘chain of effects’ as it has a buffer built in, which can help your signal carry further and maintain high-end clarity, which is a good thing
2. Overdrive Pedal
A good overdrive pedal should be a staple part of the guitarists tone.
“A good overdrive pedal is like a favorite pair of old jeans.” – Nigel Hendroff
Classic examples of this pedal include the Ibanez Tube Screamer and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. A few more modern effects pedals incorporate valves, but usually these still run at voltages that are too low for the valve, resulting in a “starved plate” configuration that generates harsh and buzzy distortion. Distortion pedals usually also provide signal gain, which can be used to drive the input stage of the pre-amplifier harder, resulting in further distortion and, in some cases, higher volume.
3. Delay Pedal
A delay takes a sound and repeats it back without altering its tone or pitch, like an echo. You can alter the time between each repetition, measured in thousandths of a second, or milliseconds. Available in Analogue or Digital.
The most obvious example is The Edge of U2 , whose classic guitar parts couldnt have been written without a delay pedal.
In summary, there is no right or wrong when choosing guitar pedals. One of my favourite aspects of the music industry, is that someone is always trying something new and breaking the ‘traditional’ rules. That being said, with these 3 pedals you should be able to pull most good sounds with the right amp/guitar combination.
Feel free to let me know what your top 3 pedals would be..