Guitar FX: 12 of the best
Pedals, FX Units, Stomp Boxes: Chances are, if you're an experienced guitarist or bass player in 2011 you will be familiar with effects for your chosen instrument, but if you're just taking your first steps with so much choice now available where should you start?
As a guitarist there a few joys to compare with cranking up your amp, trying out the latest boutique fuzz box or futuristic synth pedal and discovering a whole new dimension of sound. Pedals come in many shapes sizes and colours and with ever more amusing names for distortion, chorus, wah and multi fx as well as more recent advancements.
The selection is so wide these days that things can be a little confusing; where to begin? How to get that desired sound? Indeed, many guitarists use their personal selection of pedals to help define their sound and experiment with certain combinations of effects and even the order of the signal chain can yield some exciting results. The good news is that amongst the plethora of available effects, there really is something for everyone whether you’re governed by budget or taste. We thought it was about time that we revisit the subject and take a look at some of our current favourites that you may not yet be familiar with.
12 OF THE BEST FX
The M5 is a compact super-stomp that delivers a collection of coveted effects in the footprint of a standard pedal. With over 100 effects it provides inspiration for music writing and performance in a single stompbox M5 Stombox Modeler Features Over 100 total effect models: Delay, Mod, Filter, Pitch, Harmonizer, Distortion, Reverb and more Stereo I/O Tap…
The TC electronic Hall Of Fame Reverb guitar effects pedal gives you 10 reverb types and a custom TonePrint for a world of inspiration! The reverb effects comprise Spring, Hall, Plate, Room, Church and Ambience; from a subtle reverb to a full blown cathedral. Hall Of Fame Reverb pedal features Decay, Color and Level controls, which makes dialing in sounds…
Vortex Flanger is built with guitarists in mind; so it features a small footprint, easy-access battery hatch and is built with the highest-grade components. Vortex Flanger has a true bypass design, and features analog-dry-through. This pedal ranges from a brain twisting through-zero-flange tape echo over more contemporary sounds to an all-out flange-war, which ensures you will always be able to…
Analog Guitar Microsynth. From the classic vintage sounds of the great early Moog synthesizer to custom creations, the Microsynth creates fat analog synth sounds heard on classic recordings by some of the finest musicians in the world, such as Matt Bellamy from Muse. Compact ten-slider layout lets the sonically adventurous guitarist dial in a virtually limitless array of analog synthesizer…
The TC Electronic Flashback Delay features 6 seconds delay time of every delay type you could ever wish for, from TC Electronic’s legendary 2290 to a slapback, with 10 different types to choose from and it also doubles as a looper! Besides all that, the Flashback delay comes with TonePrint, so you can easily ToneTransfer your favorite delay settings. The…
The Corona chorus is your go-to pedal for all your shimmering and warbly goodness. From a beautiful glassy shimmer, to mind-boggling swirls of sound, this pedal has got you covered. With two different reverb settings (one emulating the classic, world renowned TC Electronic SCF pedal, the other one emulating a TRR) and your custom TonePrint setting, the corona chorus will…
Reverb, Pitch Shift and Tremolo can blend with the Stain’s unique analog gilded distortion. Plutonic interaction of the controls creates ultra novel effects. This is the first Electro-Harmonix "Multi FX" pedal...and guess what? It's great! Great reverb, dirty Fuzz, pitch shifting and vintage tremolo...this is a unique multi-FX, that doesn't try…
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The Budwah is hands down one of the finest wah pedals ever made. At bass settings (heel cocked back), the tone is thick and honky without losing clarity of the note. Fully depressed, the highs have been rolled off to a frequency that isn't piercing like many wahs. The overall tone sweep concentrates on a tight and focused range with…
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Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. Which is why, in a world of dizzying often over-complex technology, the durable, dependable, and simple stompbox continues to be the most widely used and effective means to expand, color, distort, mutate, sustain, and twist tone. THE BUZZ The TS9B is equipped with controls to allow bassists to produce the sound they want…
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