Tag Archives: Electric Guitar

Guitar Delay Pedals: Which is Right for You?

No guitarist’s pedalboard is complete without a delay pedal. Delay effects, like echo or reverb, have been around since the early days of rock & roll and continue to evolve today.  While delay effects can be used by themselves, they are most often used along with other pedals in the guitar’s signal chain to create a fuller, more colorful sound.  Luckily for us, a variety of delay pedals is available with a full range of effects in stompboxes, rack-mounted units Read More...

Guitar Modulation Pedals: Which is Right for You?

Understanding Modulation Effects for Your Guitar Modulation effect pedals vibrate, wobble, shift and spin your guitar’s signal to create new and interesting sounds.  Unlike gain-based effect pedals, modulators change the amplitude and frequency of the waves in your guitar’s signal to create their unique sounds.  Modulators add layers and depth to the mood and texture of your guitar’s tone.  You’ll only be limited by your imagination, as some modulation pedals have a subtle effect, while others can be quite crazy. Most Read More...

How to Use a Guitar Amplifier’s Effects Loop

What is an Effects Loop? You may have noticed two jacks on the back of your guitar amp labeled “Send” and “Return” before.  Some brands may also label them “Pre-Amp Out” and “Power-Amp In”, or something similar, but it’s the same set-up, with different names.  The Send/Out is the jack where the signal leaves your amp before traveling through your effects pedals and the Return/In is where you route the signal back to your amp.  You’ll be using your existing Read More...

Guitar Distortion Pedals: Which is Right for You?

With so many guitar effects pedals to choose from, which one is right for you?  One very popular category of pedals is the type which increases the gain or signal strength from your guitar.  The most well-known of these is the distortion pedal.  But don’t worry; you don’t need to be in a death metal band to appreciate this type of effects pedal.  Many of these gain-boosting pedals are designed to mimic the sound of an overdriven classic tube Read More...

Optimizing Your Electric Guitar’s Sound

Looking to improve your electric guitar’s sound?  It’s important to understand all the components involved.  It all begins as your pick strikes the guitar strings.  The electric current created by your guitar’s pickups travels along the cables through any effects pedals and into your amplifier for final massaging.   Each piece affects your final tone and sound. All these components combined are known as your guitar’s sound chain or signal chain.  By reviewing each part, you can optimize your sound. Guitar picks:  Read More...

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