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About Guitar Pedals
Guitar pedals are an exciting and cost effective way to expand, enhance and radically change the sound of your guitar. In the 60s, rudimentary fuzz boxes and wah pedals changed the world of music with their fresh new sounds. Since then, effects pedals have come a long way while remaining somewhat traditional. The most cutting edge technology is now available at your feet with the option of sounding as futuristic or as retro (or both!) as you want.
Generally, effects come with two main types of device: single pedals and multi-effects units. Single pedals offer up one (sometimes a few variations) type of sound, such as an overdrive or a phaser. Guitarists pick the ones they like and hook them up sequentially to form what we call pedalboards. This way, individual effects pedals can be subbed in and out as tastes or needs dictate.
Multi effects units are larger devices with many multiples of effects types. These are available to select (via multiple footswitches) and build sounds from. Completed combinations of FX parameters are saved to the unit's memory as 'patches' for later recall. Multi effects units are useful for guitarists who need a wide palette of sounds available to them.
Many companies produce guitar pedals. Multi-effects pedals tend to be made only by the bigger companies such as Line 6, Boss and Zoom. Single compact pedals are manufactured by these same companies in addition to numerous boutique builders and amplifier companies. There is a fascinating array of distortion pedals, fuzz pedals, looper pedals, modulation, reverb, delay and so on.
Each of our guitarguitar UK stores keeps an exhaustive selection of pedals. Pedals of all types, descriptions, colours and size are on offer to see, try and take home! Our full selection is of course always available here on our website too!