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Click on the links for our coverage of recently released Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz pedals. Overdrive vs Distortion vs Fuzz - What's that Sound in Your Head? For the beginner rock guitarist, a gain pedal is, in most cases, the third item on the gear-related shopping list (after a six-string…Click on the title for more
Overdrive vs Distortion vs Fuzz – What’s the difference?
For as long as there have been musical instruments, there have been modders—users who want to improve or enhance a device to make it meet their specific needs or performance requirements. The development of electronic musical effect pedals in the 1960s set off a wave of invention that has really…Click on the title for more
How to Mod(ify) Guitar Effects: A Beginner’s Guide to Pedal Modding
Written by Christopher Scapelliti, Nicholas Kula and Paolo De Gregorio, this article appeared in print in the 2nd issue of the Delicious Audio magazine and can be read with enhanced streaming digital content here. --- In September 1963, as the Beatles convened in Abbey Road Studios to record “Don’t Bother…Click on the title for more
How Synth Pedals Work
Overdrive is a natural fit with electric guitars. But when used sparingly, it can also lend a bit of gritty warmth to an acoustic guitar and give your tone more mass and power. Acoustic guitarists who use overdrive pedals onstage include Howie Day, Joseph Arthur, Damien Rice, Phil Keaggy, John…Click on the title for more
How to Use Overdrive with Acoustic Guitar
Interested in wah pedals? Check out our comprehensive Best Wah Pedals guide. --- The wah pedal has been with us since 1967, and like most effects, it’s undergone changes during its long run. Some of the most tonally significant revisions have involved the wah inductor. Of all the components in…Click on the title for more
The Wah Pedal Inductor: The Secret to Your Favorite Wah Tone
PHOTO: ArtBrom | Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Anyone who owns guitar pedals has dealt with power-supply issues and faulty connections. If you have even a handful of stompboxes and use a pedalboard, locating the source of these problems can be frustrating and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are a few so-called pedal hacks you…Click on the title for more
Five Easy Guitar Pedal Hacks You Need to Know
Blame it on Eric Johnson, the multigenre American guitarist known for being OCD when it comes to his tone. Years ago, Johnson inadvertently gave rise to the suggestion that the type of battery used to power a pedal can make a difference in its sound. To be clear, what he…Click on the title for more
Does the Type of Battery You Use Affect Your Pedal’s Sound?
If you use several pedals in your signal chain, you’ve probably found that your guitar can sound muddy and lifeless. Guitarists refer to this as “tone suck,” the result of your signal passing through numerous circuits and cables as it makes its way to your amplifier. For years, guitarists have…Click on the title for more
True-Bypass vs Buffer: Which Do You Need?
A Guide to the Best Guitar Pedals For Beginners While experienced guitarists tend to develop a refined taste for tone that will get them interested in boutique pedals with a peculiar character (or flexible parameters), we should never forget that the majority of six string players out there is just…Click on the title for more
The 5 Best Guitar Pedals for Beginners (according to Guitar Nerds)
Pedal geeks on a constant quest to conquer their dream distortion try (and buy) pedal after pedal in search of "the sound in their heads." EQ pedals might sound like a boring option in the pool of exciting devices available out there, but they are actually a powerful tool in…Click on the title for more
How to improve your tone with an EQ pedal (by Wampler)
Here's a constantly updated playlist of great videos by YouTube videographers with all the advice you need about your guitar pedals.Click on the title for more
Pedal Advice – The Delicious Audio Video Playlist!
Those who like the distortion of their amp but still use stompboxes for delay and modulation effects, should be aware of how to connect the various pieces together - the order greatly influences the results! The educational videos below by Brian at Wampler Pedals go through the basics. Those of you who like…Click on the title for more
How to use amp distortion with pedal effects – by Wampler & Strymon
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