Glossary of Guitar Effects?

Asked by: Amy Davis

How many types of guitar effects are there?


There are four main categories of effect used to create guitar tones: Dynamic effect – a type of effect that shapes the volume of your guitar tone. Time-based effect – a type of effect that changes the playback time of your guitar tone.

How many guitar pedal effects are there?

6 Different Types of Guitar Effects Pedals. There are many different categories of pedals that do different things, and within those categories there are thousands of different pedals that alter the sound in various different ways. Five broad categories include: Distortion Pedal and Overdrive Pedal.

What do different effects pedals do?

Simply put effects pedals allow you to change the sound of your guitar. Either very subtly or a bit more drastically depending on the kind of pedal. And the settings that you're using now. Although.

What guitar effects do?

Guitar effects pedals, also known as “stomp-boxes,” are yet another useful tool in the guitar player’s toolbox for tone shaping. They are foot-pedal boxes that provide sound effects for the guitar.

What pedal should every guitarist have?

Used in almost every genre, the wah-pedal is a must-have for every guitarist. They’re incredibly versatile and can be used to create many different types of tones and effects. They work by allowing the guitarist to control the frequency spectrum of the audio signal.

What’s the difference between an overdrive pedal and a distortion pedal?

What’s the difference between overdrive and distortion? In short, a distortion pedal is a lot more aggressive than an overdrive pedal in the way that it affects your tone. An overdrive amp will boost your amplifier or will mimic a sound, whereas a distortion pedal will entirely alter your sound.

WHAT is a whammy pedal?

Made popular by guitarists like Tom Morello Dimebag Darrell and Steve Vai the whammy pedal is a dramatic pitch shifting effect that can be controlled from the built in expression pedal.

Is a compression pedal necessary?

Why Would I Want a Compression Pedal? Compression is especially useful for helping a quiet, finger-picked part be heard in a mix, or making sure two-handed tapping, legato-style hammer-ons and pull-offs, and artificial or harp harmonics don’t disappear in between hard strumming, on both electric and acoustic guitar.

What does a Phase 90 pedal do?

The Phase 90 takes you from subtle, spatial shimmer to all-out high velocity swooshing with the twist of a knob. This pedal can be powered by a 9-volt battery, a Dunlop ECB003 9-volt adapter, or the DC Brick™, Iso-Brick™, and Mini Iso-Brick™ power supplies (not included).

How do you set up effects pedals?

How to Connect Effects Pedals to your Amp and Guitar

  1. Make sure your amp is turned off.
  2. Connect your guitar cable to your guitar.
  3. Then plug the other end into the “input” side of your pedal.
  4. Plug another guitar cable into the “output” side of your pedal.
  5. Then plug the other end into the “input” on your amp.

What is guitar chorus?

It varies this while you play to make it sound like there's two instruments playing together but not in perfect unison.

Do you step on guitar pedals?

Stepping on a pedal isn’t as easy as it looks

Okay, all you have to do is literally stomp on the switch, but when you’re playing a riff and you need to turn the pedal on at the right moment, that’s when it can get tricky.

Should chorus go before or after delay?

Conventionally, a chorus pedal is placed before a delay in a pedalboard or an effect signal chain. Chorus is a modulation effect and delay is a time-based effect. Both these pedals are capable of creating dreamy and ambient sounds on the clean tones of an electric guitar.

Where does reverb go in pedal chain?

Reverb usually comes at the end of a chain, unless you have modulation pedals after it. Where you place a reverb pedal is likely to be impacted by what type of reverb you’re using.

Does wah go before or after distortion?

A Wah-Wah placed right after the distortion, allows you to get a sound that is fatter but that is less rich in harmonics; if we place it before the distortion, it will allow the pedal to react more easily to the variations of the signal.

What goes first distortion or overdrive?

Generally, your distortion, overdrive and fuzz effects pedals should go towards the start of your pedal chain as they have the greatest effect on the tone. Fuzz pedals should usually go first, followed by overdrive and finally distortion.