How To Choose a Guitar Pedal

If you're an avid guitarist and you want to up the ante on your guitar performances, one of your options is to purchase a guitar pedal. A guitar pedal, in simplest terms, is used to give added effects to the music. If you are looking to choose a guitar pedal of your own, here are some guidelines to remember:

  • Choose the type of effect that you want for your guitar. There are six main types of sound effects: dynamic, pitch modulation, reverb, delay, modeling and distortion or overdrive. The most popular among these is the distortion effect, which offer greater tonal flexibility. A distortion pedal will help you achieve different types of sounds, from smooth to rock metal. Delay works like an echo; and reverb, which is close to delay, has the effect of making you sound as if you were playing in a large hall. Pitch modulation enables you to greatly enhance and alter the quality of your music playing, giving it different sounds such as a chorus, a tremolo, and a vibrato.
  • There are some models that carry multiple effects; though these will be more expensive, if you are an extensive guitar player then this might prove to be the best value for your money.
  • Determine the design category. There are three main categories of guitar pedals according to design: the first is stomp box, the second is foot treadle and the third is effects pedals. A stomp box is a square box measuring 3" to 4" high, with a steel button at its topmost part, which you will just step on to turn the effects on or off. A foot treadle is similar to a gas pedal in a car, and it enables you to have continuous control over the effects you want. An effects pedal is the largest among the three, but it also works by the guitar player stepping on the available controls.
  • Consider the type of music that you want to play. This will definitely help you narrow down the guitar pedal you will use, and this is a great way for you to find the best value for your money. Listen to your favorite guitar artists and find out the guitar pedals that they themselves use.
  • Do some comparison shopping online. You may already have your favorite guitar or music store, but it will definitely pay to do your research on the best available prices for guitar pedals. Browse through online trading sites so that at the very least you will be able to get an idea about current prices. Some sites worth checking out include the following: and If you want to save money you might consider buying second-hand guitar pedals; check out some available previously-owned items at and Of course, try looking also at Amazon and eBay.

Remember, knowing just what you want will greatly help you find the best value for your money. So hone your guitar-playing skills and ask for recommendations among your musician friends. Make sure also that you test-drive every guitar pedal that you are interested in (specially the previously-owned ones) so you can know for certain that it can give you the effect that you are aiming for. Good luck, and hope this helped!


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