By John Huston
So many choices! Which ones are best?
It’s true; there are a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing an effects pedal to best complement your guitar rig. There are literally thousands of options, but if you do a little bit of research, you’ll find that there are some similar sounds amongst a lot of your favorite players. If you combine what you hear on your favorite recordings with the top-selling items in guitar effects categories on major music retail stores, you find some common elements. This list will give you some solid tips on how you can improve your sound overnight with very little effort!
Vox Wah-Wah- Model V847
Most people who don’t even have any experience playing guitar still know what a wah-wah pedal is. If you have ever heard the opening riffs of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, then you are more than familiar with a wah-wah pedal and it’s unbelievably distinct sound. This pedal has a list price of $99.00 and has been crafted to replicate the sounds made by the original Vox wah-wah pedal model from the 1960s. There are a lot of wah-wah pedals out there of varying sizes, colors, and prices. I’ve been playing this model for 7 years at this point and couldn’t be more satisfied with it. I also highly recommend pairing this pedal with a set of Danelectro 9V batteries, they are chemically different from regular batteries and help improve the tone even more.
Boomerang III Phase Sampler Loop Pedal
This is the most expensive pedal on the list. Its list price usually is around $479.00. This is definitely a lot of money to spend on an effects pedal. However, you will have the potential to do so many things that will improve your live performance and your practice sessions at home too. This pedal can loop what you are playing through your amp and allows you to add multiple layers to a looped track and all by controlling the timing of the loops with your feet. This can add some ethereal and interesting moments to a live show, can help you play rhythm and lead at the same time if you are a solo performer, or just help you practice melodies at home using repetition. This is a great pedal, and can work on any instrument plugged in to it, not just guitar!
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
This may be the most common pedal ever used in rock and roll music. It’s great for when you need some more power and gain in your guitar tone and you want it instantly at the push of a button. This pedal can definitely get you cranking up to eleven! This model features all of the same original parts and housings that have always been used in the production of these Tube Screamer pedals. There is not much I can say to really sell you on this pedal other than hearing it for yourself! I know that there a lot of choices out there, but almost every guitarist I’ve come across that doesn’t have a $7,000 amp in their arsenal, has one of these bad boys to help them out.
My question for you all: