Reverb might be one of the most underrated effects in a guitarists rig. Some musicians think that they don’t need it for their sound, others don’t know what exactly “reverb” does, but hardcore veterans and professionals know better than that. Reverb is very tricky to define, so it’s only normal that some people have a tough […]
Distortion pedals are relatively plain contraptions – they’re most commonly used by “heavy” musicians, but their field of application is virtually limitless. There are numerous brands that utilize various technologies and tech parts, so it’s safe to say that every distortion pedal is different – the market is quite large, so the catalogue from which […]
As a young guitar player coming up in the 1980s, chorus pedals were one of the effect pedals that helped define my generation. I got my first Boss CE-1 mono chorus pedal around 1981 and loved that it gave my guitar the shimmer I dug from my Police records. After a while, chorus sounds were everywhere […]
In this post, I’ve decided to break the winners out by price range. I figure that most people have some kind of budget in mind when looking for an instrument. That way if someone is looking for something in the $600 – $800 range, they can jump right to that section.
The most important part of a guitar’s sound – aside from the player him or herself, of course – is the pickups. Terribly-designed and constructed pickups can make the most awesome-looking guitar sound awful, and well-designed and constructed pickups can make a guitar built from a 2×4 sound good. It’s all about the magnets and the coils.