The Donner Analog Delay is our pick for the best guitar pedals, which is a delay effect that has a vintage feel and an analog system.
Our step-up pick is the Zoom G1Xon and it has a ton of effects to choose from and up to 14 amp models in one gadget.
The budget pick is the BEHRINGER OVERDRIVE TO800 and it has a simple vintage overdrive effect and has a great fat tone.
- 1 A Little Background
- 2 How we Picked
- 3 Our Pick
- 4 Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
- 5 Step-up Pick
- 6 Budget Pick
- 7 Best Guitar Pedals for Chorus
- 8 Best Guitar Pedals for Overdrive
- 9 Best Guitar Pedals for Compression
- 10 Best Guitar Pedals for Looping
- 11 Best Guitar Pedals for Tuning
- 12 Best Guitar Pedals for Noise Gate
- 13 Best Guitar Pedals for Wah Effect
- 14 The Competition
- 15 Other Frequently Asked Questions
- 16 Wrapping It Up
A Little Background
Guitar pedals are gadgets that you press on when you want to have a certain effect on your music. These gadgets are helpful for bands so that their guitar sounds do not sound boring all in all. They have been used for ages since the 70s and 80s and are still being used today. They add flavor and spice to a musical piece and also provide emphasis or a specific mood to certain points of a song.
These devices can vary in effects, such as reverb, delay, phaser, tremolo and others. They add flavor to your mix. These effects can be mixed and matched depending on your wants and needs. For instance, your simple distorted guitar sound can be added with reverb so it sounds more far-off or distant, or delay and phaser can be combined to make you feel like in outer space or in a different dimension.
Unlike effects in an amp, these were built for you to only turn them on in certain points of the song. With amp effects, you have to go to the amp to manually turn on the effects. However, with effect pedals, you can just “step on the gas” and it will do its thing. You can be as specific as you like with effects and use just one single guitar to emulate different sounds.
How we Picked
If you want the best guitar pedal, you should make note of the following criteria:
Type of effects: the effects can vary from the following: reverb, delay, EQ, filter (cutoff), flanger, phaser, compressor, limiter, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, tremolo, vibrato, octave divider and much more. Effects add flavor to your mix and it is up to you what effect you would like to have. Delay and reverb effects are the cheapest and most common.
Controls and knobs: the controls should be easy to set up and you should have many options to tweak the sound and values of the given effect or preset. In this way, you can fine tune your mix. Keep in mind that the knobs that are locking have a better chance of not getting knocked over during a performance.
Number of presets: this roughly depends on the type of effect that you have. Delay and reverb can have more presets. You should be able to navigate through the presets easily in any case. Usually, larger and more complex gear can have more presets in this case.
Custom presets: the presets are there, but what if you also want to add your own preset? Then this should be on the criteria list, as it will help you to quickly customize the gadget to the sound that you want to have without having to go over the settings.
Ease of setup: the gadget should be easy to set up in terms of its cable connections, knobs and everything, so that you can quickly put it together while you get into the stage.
Ease of selection: this refers to the selection in the menu, including the presets, settings, loading and saving, and many others. This is crucial so that you can also speed up your setup time.
Display: the display should be clear and concise so that you can be able to see the settings and presets clearly. Most displays are black and white but more advanced ones and larger pedals can have a bigger display in color.
Durability: it should be highly durable so that it will not waste your money in the long run. The knobs, pedal and all other parts should be sturdy enough to withstand regular gig use.
As our top pick, the Donner Analog Delay has simple controls and is a true bypass effect for analog delay that is made for vintage sounds. It has an aluminum alloy construction for durability. It has an echo mix, a feedback mode and it is great for classic tunes as well. Its output is at 9 volts DC and at 4.5 watts. The delay option can be set up to 620 ms.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
The only shortcoming but not a deal breaker with the Donner Analog Delay is that it requires you to have a separate power supply.
The Zoom G1Xon is our step-up pick, which has a total of 75 effects and 5 of which can be used at the same time. It also has a total of 14 amp models to choose from. Because it has 100 memory locations, you can save a ton of presets, both tweaked and custom made, for your performances or for recording. The expression pedal also makes it easy to use.
The BEHRINGER OVERDRIVE TO800 is our budget pick, which has a fat tone for screaming and a smooth feel for the sustain. It has a vintage overdrive design with 3 knobs – level, tone and drive. It has a battery indicator light and has a simple input and output design for each of the sides. It is a great go-to pick for overdrive, which can be installed in a pedal board.
Best Guitar Pedals for Chorus
The Donner Tutti Love is a chorus effect and is made with a durable aluminum and alloy design. It is powered by any AC adapter at 9 volts and has a gentle sound. It has a simple design and has a true bypass mode as well. If you want something that is analog then you can definitely count on this gadget for your needs.
Best Guitar Pedals for Overdrive
The Fulltone OCD is an overdrive pedal that has 3 knobs: volume, drive and tone. It has a simple high pass and low pass switch as well. It also has a switch between high pass (HP) and low pass (LP) for your preference of filtering.
Best Guitar Pedals for Compression
The BEHRINGER COMPRESSOR/SUSTAINER CS400 is a compression pedal that has a smooth feel with 4 knobs: level, tone, attack and sustain, which can all be used in various ways. The level can be used for the gain, the tone can improve the tone, while the attack and sustain can adjust how punch its sound will be.
Best Guitar Pedals for Looping
For looping, the TC Ditto Looper is a great choice as it can record up to 5 minutes of looping sequence. You can also overdub infinitely and it has an analog dry through along with the true bypass. It only requires 100 mA or 9 volts for its power supply. It has a simple loop level knob and a power light indicator.
Best Guitar Pedals for Tuning
The KLIQ TinyTune Tuner is a chromatic tuner and has an easy to use and read display. There is absolutely no noise when you are putting in your sounds. There is also aluminum in the construction so it can withstand a lot of gig use. It has A4 and flat buttons for easy testing of your tuner on the fly.
Best Guitar Pedals for Noise Gate
The Donner Noise Killer is a noise gate suppressor pedal and it has a true bypass mode. It has 2 modes: hard and soft, and you can adjust the amount of noise reduction. A must-have if you practice at home without wanting to disturb the neighbors, it works on a 26 mA current and a power supply of 9 volts DC. It has an LED light indicator and a degree of up to 10 dB.
Best Guitar Pedals for Wah Effect
The Dunlop GCB95 Crybaby is a well-known wah effect pedal and is made with die cast construction, making it almost indestructible. It is a must-have if you want that classic “wah” effect for your guitar sounds. It is powered at 9 volts and it is backed by a 1 year warranty.
Others were not in our list because they lacked in effect settings and were also complicated with their setup. They also did not have decent sounds when used with a guitar or any other instrument for that matter.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the different stringed musical instrument gadget effect types?
A: There are many effects for a stringed musical instrument gadget that you can use, such as the following:
- Overdrive – this is referred to as the amplification of the sounds to get more gain from your stringed musical instrument. It is often confused with and used with distortion as an effect to make the electric stringed musical instrument signature sound.
- Distortion – this effect simply distorts your sound so that it will have the signature sound of the electric stringed musical instrument.
- Delay – this refers to the repetition of a sound like an echo over and over until a certain period of time. It is often confused with reverb due to the similarities, but is harsher and more defined than reverb.
- Reverb – this refers to the repetition of the last sound but in a blur, to mimic the sounds of a cave or a large hall. Reverb is often added so that your stringed musical instrument or instrument would sound more ambient sounding.
- Chorus – the chorus effect will make the sound appear doubled, like many people are playing at once. It is a helpful effect if you want your sound to be more defined or thick.
- Fuzz – the fuzz is the kind of distortion sound that is found on most vintage stringed musical instruments and setups. However, it can still be found on certain gadgets today, when desired.
- Tremolo – the tremolo is actually the change in volume rather than the change in pitch, contrary to what the “tremolo bar” does. It can help with adding dynamics to your chosen piece.
- Vibrato – the vibrato is the change in pitch, and it gives the stringed musical instrument a “crying effect” so you can make it sing like a human being. This is what adds intensity and depth to any performance.
- Looper – the looper simply loops the whole riff that you want to record, so that you can simulate an entire band even with just one member and one stringed musical instrument. This also helps you practice or record without anybody’s help, and is a time saver.
- Compressor – the compressor is the kind of effect that you want to give to your instrument if you want a punchy and compressed feel, kind of like what you hear from dubstep and drumstep tracks, or even on EDM tracks.
- Limiter – the limiter, unlike the compressor, simply limits your track or tune to a set level so that it does not go beyond the clipping threshold. Clipping distortion can ruin your music and will make your recording sound noisy to the ears.
- Noise Gate – the noise gate eliminate most of the noise that is present from your stringed musical instrument signal, so that it will sound cleaner than before. This is helpful for when you are recording a track or when you just want to annoy the neighbors less with a stringed musical instrument that is too noisy.
- Octave – this option or effect shifts your key to the next octave so that it will have a secondary octave and sound more dramatic. Much like the chorus effect, it adds thickness to your stringed musical instrument tune so that you will play more dynamically.
- Acoustic – for electric stringed musical instruments, you can have this effect to simulate the tunes of an acoustic stringed musical instrument. This is because the strings of an electric stringed musical instrument do not necessarily sound acoustic like, so you should get a gadget effect for that.
- Tuner – the tuner simply keeps your strings in tune, and is used while tuning if you are not knowledgeable with the string keys. Tuners can save a life and can save you humiliation while on stage. If you do not know how to read notes by the ear, you should definitely get a tuner.
- Boost – the boost type effect simply boosts your stringed musical instrument sounds so that it will sound louder. It is often mixed with a compressor or a limiter so that it does not get too distorted or clipped and sound really loud and noisy (and annoying for most people’s ears).
- Wah – also called the “wah wah” effect, it is what makes the stringed musical instrument “cry” other than the tremolo and vibrato. This kind of effect has been present on most stringed musical instruments for ages, and it is very useful for many kinds of solos and genres.
Q: What are the properties of reverb?
A: The reverb is the effect that simulates a large hall, a cave or any open space with a blurred echo effect. It is commonly used for ambient music or for making a sound less sharp for recording or for live stage performances. Here are the different properties of a reverb that you can tweak:
|Pre-delay||This is the time between the first reflection and the direct sound. The pre-delay depends on the room size, which is another factor in a reverb.|
|Frequency||This refers to whether your reverb will be a high cut or a low pass when equalized. If you don’t want a sound that is too muddy then you can turn it up to the high cut. Otherwise, if you want a more cinematic effect, turn it down to the low pass. High cut is also best for adding reverb to cymbals to add to the “hiss” effect.|
|Diffusion||This refers to how the tail of the reverb is thick enough or thin enough. You can tweak this and you can get your ideal sound, whether on a smaller density or a bigger density.|
|Decay factor or decay time||This is also related to the tail of the reverb. If your room size is large, consider going for a low decay factor, otherwise, you should use a high decay factor for a small room.|
|High frequency damping||While not always present in most reverb gadgets, this property adjusts whether your cymbals or high frequency sounds will decay faster than the low frequency ones or not.|
|Wet and dry mix||This refers to whether you want your input sound to prevail or you want the reverb or the “wet” sound to prevail. If you want a more ambient and smooth sound for certain genres that require it, or if you want to achieve an effect similar to a pad or string, consider turning it to the “wet” option instead of the “dry” mix.|
|Sample rate||The sample rate can change the quality of your audio signal, so that it will sound clearer if you go for a higher input sample rate, measured in hertz (Hz).|
|Room size||The room size refers to how big or small the room will be. If you have a manual or analog reverb in a gadget then that depends on the hall or venue that you will be playing on. Otherwise, if you are using a digital or DAW reverb, it usually has an emulation of a room size.|
Q: What are the properties of delay?
A: The delay, otherwise known as the “echo” in some parts of the world or cultures (or to those who aren’t knowledgeable in music and music production), is an effect that you can put into any instrument to produce a repeating, echoing sound. It is commonly found on most stringed musical instrument gadgets as a basic effect, and is relatively cheap. Here are its properties:
|Feedback||This refers to how much you want the sound to repeat itself. For instance, if you want your stringed musical instrument sound to keep repeating for a longer period of time, you can turn it up higher, otherwise, turn the knob lower so that you won’t annoy or affect other parts of the song.|
|Delay time||The delay time, usually measured in seconds or milliseconds, is the time that each delay or echo will bounce back when your note is played. Some delay effects will have presets of 1, 2, 3 or 4 seconds at the most, and will also depend on your BPM or tempo, as well as your time signature (3/4, 4/4 or others).|
|Type of delay||This can vary between normal, inverted and ping-pong delay types. The ping-pong is a bounce back mode that goes from left to right. This is associated with the panning of the delay, if present.|
|Panning||Some advanced stringed musical instrument delay effects have a panning feature, which allows you to pan the delay on the left or the right channel, presumably for recording purposes or even for live stage performance.|
|Dry to wet level||This is the same as the dry and wet mix for the reverb, except that you are only leaving in or out the delay effect, so it will sound as if you won’t hear the source of the delay.|
|Cutoff||This refers to the frequency of the delay. Most unique and advanced effects for delay has this feature, which allow you to gradually reduce the cutoff for each repetition of the delay, making a “sinking” effect.|
Q: What can you tweak in chorus?
A: The chorus is the kind of effect that makes your sound thicker and it will feel like many people are playing your instrument at the same time. Chorus effects are ideal for backing instruments such as rhythm stringed musical instruments and strings. They make your sound more “embracing”, and is also used for vocal choruses. There are many kinds of controls you can tweak with a chorus effect, such as the following:
- LFO speed – this refers to how much the delay will run to get a chorus effect. A higher LFO speed means that it will blend more with your sound, creating a rich effect.
- Wet and dry mix – this is pretty much like with other effects, in which when you turn the dry mix off, you will only get the effect itself.
- LFO shape – this refers to the shape of your LFO, which usually a sine wave or multiple sine wavs at once. This can help you control the LFO speed more precisely.
- Depth – this refers to how deep you want the LFO to go through, so that the range of the chorus will be deeper and the sound will be more varied.
Q: What can you tweak in phaser?
A: The phaser is an effect that mimics the sounds of outer space or an ambient sound. It sweeps all frequencies throughout your sound and goes from high to low frequencies. It is useful for when you want to get that kind of effect in your lead or rhythm stringed musical instrument. Here are some of its controls and aspects:
|Minimum depth||This refers to the lowest frequency that the phaser will stop at and then bounce back going to the higher frequency.|
|Maximum depth||This refers to the highest frequency that the phaser will stop at and then bounce back going to the lower frequency.|
|Speed of the LFO||The speed of the LFO will control how fast or slow the phasing will go around the minimum and maximum depth of your settings.|
|Dry and wet mix||This is also the same as with other effects. Controlling it at 50% means that you get an even mix for the phasing and for your original track or tune.|
|Number of stages||This refers to the number of stages that the frequency will phase onto. A higher number means that the phasing will be much thicker.|
Q: What can you modify in flanger?
A: Flanging is a different kind of effect as compared to phasing, but they are closely related and may sound the same for untrained ears. Flanging focuses more on a time based delay rather than a phasing delay and has the following properties:
|Delay||This refers to the time delay’s value. You can set this higher or lower depending on how much depth you want to have, along with the depth option.|
|Depth||This will help in increasing the depth of the flanger so that it will sound deeper and thicker, as well as for adding dynamics to your sound.|
|Phase||This is referred to as the phase value in which your flanger will go around with.|
|Shape||The shape can go from a sine wave to a triangle wave, depending on how harsh or how soft you want the flanger to sound like.|
|Dry and wet mix||This controls how much you want the dry mix and the wet mix to go along with each other or leave one alone.|
Q: What’s the difference between a phaser and a flanger?
A: The phaser and the flanger are often confused with each other, and they have the following differences:
|Type of sound||The phaser usually has a softer sound than the flanger.||The flanger usually has a harsher and more defined sound than the phaser.|
|Delay type||The phaser is based on a phasing delay.||The flanger is based on a time delay.|
|Difficulty in analog||Analog phasing is much more complicated because you will need more stages and all-pass filters to get it done.||Analog flanging is easier because you just need a time delay for that.|
Q: What are the properties of vibrato?
A: The vibrato is the kind of effect that controls the pitch. It is used not just by singers, but also by instrument players like stringed musical instrument players. Here are the aspects of a vibrato:
- Shape of the wave – this refers to the shape of the wave, which is usually a sine wave, but harsher vibratos can have triangles and the like. The shape of the vibrato wave will define how soft or hard the sound will be.
- Height or depth – this refers to the height or depth of the wave. A higher depth means that there will be more pitch changes while a lower depth means that the vibrato levels will not be too defined. Usually, operatic voices will have a higher vibrato depth.
- Attack time – this refers to how much will the initial part of the vibrato will enter the rest of the vibrato. If you want a more subtle approach, you should lower the attack time so that it will enter the rest of the vibrato more smoothly.
- Speed of the wave – the speed refers to how fast the vibrato or pitch change will occur. A higher speed can be great for fast tempo songs while slower tempo songs will benefit more from a slower vibrato sound.
- Pre-delay time – this refers to how delayed the vibrato will be, usually in milliseconds or even seconds. It defines which part of the tune or note will have no vibrato or pitch change yet.
Q: What are the properties of tremolo?
A: The tremolo, as opposed to the vibrato, is the frequent change in volume rather than pitch. It is used for adding dynamics to your stringed musical instrument or instrument, though vibrato and tremolo can be used both in the same track or tune. Here are the properties of a tremolo:
|Shape of the wave||This refers to the shape, whether it is a sine wave, a triangle wave and rarely a square wave. Triangle and square waves are harsher while sine waves are softer.|
|Height or depth||The height or depth can have an impact on the volume levels. A lower height means that the volume change will not be too defined, while a higher height or depth means that the volume variation will be much more defined.|
|Attack time||Attack time refers to how sudden or how subtle will the tremolo part go on with each note that you will play.|
|Speed of the wave||The speed of the wave controls how much faster you want the tremolo changes to occur. Slower speeds and faster speeds can be made depending on your preferences.|
|Pre-delay time||This refers to the part of the note that will not be receiving the tremolo effect, and how long will it be.|
Alternatively, here are pointers to remember when using tremolo in your stringed musical instrument rig:
- Make sure it’s not before a compressor, because compressors can even out the volume.
- It is okay to use both the amp tremolo and a separate tremolo gadget together with different settings for added dynamics.
- Delay effects can potentially ruin the volume change, but this depends on the kind of effect you want.
Q: Can you put gadgets on acoustic stringed musical instruments?
A: While it is not usually a custom to put gadgets on acoustic stringed musical instruments, here are some exceptions:
- If your acoustic stringed musical instrument has an output jack, then that is possible.
- If your acoustic stringed musical instrument is actually an acoustic-electric stringed musical instrument, then it is also possible.
However, here are some pointers that you need to remember with acoustic stringed musical instruments running on gadgets:
- Because acoustic stringed musical instruments will have some sustain on them, it will make the distortion muddy.
- You can play around with the EQ and the levels before you go for a distortion effect.
- To play it safe, consider subtle effects like delay and chorus instead.
Q: What is the octave effect and what are its properties?
A: The octave effect, also known as the octave divider, is the kind of effect that works like a chorus, except that the second or third voice is an octave higher (or sometimes lower) than the original pitch. It has the following properties:
|Pitch or octave||This refers to the pitch that your original note will shift onto. It can be a lower pitch or a higher pitch, or more specifically, a lower or higher octave. Both low and high octaves can intensify any musical piece|
|Delay||This refers to how delayed the second voice or pitched voice will be.|
|Wet and dry||This refers to how the pitched sound and the original sound will be mixed together, or leaving one behind.|
Q: What’s the difference between a limiter and a compressor?
A: Both the limiter and the compressor are two effects that you can put onto any instrument, such as the stringed musical instrument, but most notably the whole sound itself, including the drums. Here are the basic differences between the two:
- Limiter – this refers to a type of compression in which you just limit the sound to a certain threshold or decibel so that it will not wreck people’s ears. It is important for basic sound engineering because it helps avoid the clipping and distortion that could occur with spiky sounds coming from your instruments. It allows an even and clean mix, although the ratio of compression is higher so it does not sound squashed or sandwiched.
- Compressor – this refers to the basic compression type in which it is not just limiting the sound, but also squashing or compressing it with a really intense ratio of compression. While limiting applies to a cleaner sound, compressors can result in a heavier sound, and will most likely be seen in electronic music genres. Compression should be used sparingly, otherwise your mix will sound bad – unless you want to achieve a side chain effect.
Q: Why should you have a tuner?
A: Most people forget to tune before any practice or performance, and thus, they are wrecked on the stage. This is why you should never forget to tune. Here are the reasons why you should have a tuner:
- Playing in tune doesn’t annoy the musically inclined.
- It will be very useful whether you are recording, playing or practicing.
- You can train your ears to detect which key is which.
- In loud situations like venues, your ears might not be accurate for manual tuning.
- They are accurate and dependable for many situations.
Q: Which is better, acoustic or electric?
A: Most people like starting on the acoustic, while others prefer the electric. Whichever you choose, each of them have their distinct qualities:
|Sound||The sounds of an acoustic stringed musical instrument are quiet and calm.||The sounds of the electric stringed musical instrument are usually amplified and uplifting.|
|Ease of use||Acoustic stringed musical instruments are difficult because the strings are sharp.||Electric stringed musical instruments are easier because they require little effort to make sounds out of the strings.|
|Ideal genres||Acoustic types are best for most pop, blues, folk, country, jazz and similar genres.||Rock and metal are the most preferred genres for electric stringed musical instruments, as well as some blues.|
|Type of string||Most acoustic types have steel or alloy, as well as brass and bronze strings.||Most electric types will have either nickel or stainless steel for strings.|
|Convenience||Acoustic stringed musical instruments are so convenient that you can take them with you in camp and not worry about an amp or gadget to bring along with you on the way.||Electric stringed musical instruments are not necessarily travel friendly because you need your amp, stringed musical instrument gadgets and much more to make it sound okay.|
|Effects||While acoustic stringed musical instruments can be okay with delay and chorus gadgets, some of them are not that good with other effects like distortion.||Electric stringed musical instruments are versatile when it comes down to adding effects to them.|
Q: What are the ways you can make less clipped distortion in a stringed musical instrument?
A: Clipping occurs when the sounds go beyond 0 dB, and it is indicated in most mixers as a red warning or flashing light, which means your sound will be distorted. There are some few tips on how to make less clipped distortion for your stringed musical instrument, or any other instrument for that matter, such as the following:
- Consider the use of panning and stereo choruses. Panning is a technique that shifts your sound to either the left channel or the right channel, or bouncing them back. The technique with panning is to keep your instrument off the center and only to the sides. This works well if you are mixing rhythm stringed musical instruments, backing vocals, delays, etc. Drums, main vocals and bass, however, are best in the center.
- Set the initial volumes of each instrument to a normal level. Proper mixing depends on the input instruments and each of the effects. Consider having an inspection of each of the instruments and set them to a desired volume that will not overpower the other and will result in a reasonable volume that is less than 0 dB, as anything above 0 dB will result in clipping.
- Consider having a good volume level for the amp. The amp that you choose or tweak can also have an impact. Aside from the individual stringed musical instrument volume, you should also make sure that the amp is set to a reasonable level of volume to avoid clipping.
- Play around with the EQ settings to balance the frequencies. If you hear that your mix is mostly muddy with too much bass, put one or two of the instruments into the EQ and cut off the low frequencies. Otherwise, if it is too high on the high frequencies, lower the hiss a bit with the high cut off. Usually, clipping is caused by the lower frequencies, anyway, so you might want to work on that.
- When in doubt, get a sound engineer to help. Nobody is good at mixing at first, so if you don’t have a set of trained ears on which sounds better or worse, consider getting a sound engineer or someone who is knowledgeable with mixing, so that your overall music output will sound better, if not, okay or decent.
Q: What are the benefits of a looper?
A: Getting a looper or a looping gadget seems to be a thing nowadays, not just with musical instruments but also for the vocalists who want to loop their backing vocals into a track. Here are the benefits of using a looper:
|Saves time||Instead of having to record one by one, you can just record and layer with the use of a looper so that you can save a lot of precious time.|
|Adds thickness to your music||It adds more thickness to your music because it makes you feel like someone else is playing behind your back.|
|Save effort||You don’t have to get another band member to play rhythm when you can just play the chords and then loop it to add your lead.|
|Great for vocalists||Loopers can also be used by vocalists, so they can provide the backing vocals initially and then gradually build it up. Little known fact: Ariana Grande started out with loopers on her YouTube covers before she became an international star.|
|Great for instrumentalists||Loopers are mostly made for people who play stringed musical instrument and other instrumentalists so that they will be at ease when it comes down to playing live or even for recording at home on their own.|
Q: Which effect is best for which genre of music?
A: Some effects just work well on some genres, but some don’t. Here is a short guideline or chart for you to identify which genre of music goes with which gadget effect:
|Effects||Type of effect|
|Chorus||Compression||Delay||Distortion or fuzz||Filter or envelope cutoff|
|Effects||Type of effect|
|Octave||Overdrive||Phaser or flanger||Reverb||Wah|
As you can see with the chart above, everything is okay with rock and rock-related genres.
Q: What are the common facts and misconceptions about stringed musical instruments and stringed musical instrument gear?
A: Playing a stringed musical instrument is one thing, but the opinion of other people is another. Here are some common myths about stringed musical instruments and what is really the fact about them:
|Statement||Myth or Truth|
|Stringed musical instrument picks can vary in quality.||This is true, because some picks are actually made of better materials and thus, are less likely to damage your strings yet produce a better sound altogether.|
|Expensive stringed musical instrument cables are better than cheap ones.||Not always true, because regardless of the price, most cables will sound the same, if not, have little differences between them. Gold plated are surely better, but not all of them are high priced.|
|Stringed musical instrument tone is something that the player is responsible for.||This is true, because tone depends on how you play your instrument, as well as how you tweak the settings on your gadget.|
|More tone can be generated with less gain.||This is also true, as experimented by most sound engineers. If you have less gain then you can actually produce a bigger sounding tone.|
|A vintage PAF or old humbucker stringed musical instrument pickup sounds bad.||Not all the time – some of these PAFs can have a great tone that is classic, when tweaked properly.|
Q: What common mistakes do people make with stringed musical instruments?
A: Most beginners end up making mistakes when they play stringed musical instruments, and this is why they fail to learn or produce great sounds. Here are some of these mistakes:
- Too much gain – stringed musical instruments with just the right gain can actually produce a better and bigger tone, contrary to popular belief.
- Not preparing spares – consider bringing extra cables, extra picks and the like, in case one of them breaks or gets lost.
- Being too cheap with power supplies – you can actually get a better sounding set if you have isolated power supplies and your gear won’t suffer too much.
Q: What makes stringed musical instrument gadgets expensive?
A: While not all gadgets are meant to be expensive, some are ridiculously high priced for many features, such as:
– the tone it produces
– the effects that it can produce
– the settings that you can tweak
– the construction of the materials
– the company and its target market
Wrapping It Up
In the long run, we think that the Donner Analog Delay is our pick for the best guitar pedal due to the simplicity of the delay option, has a vintage feel and it is easy to connect to an entire pedal board.