Understand the various types of guitar effects and how to use them to sound like a pro. Checkout the reviews of various guitar effects pedals & software.
The more experienced you become at playing a musical instrument, the more options you look for which would give you more control over the sound that is produced.
And it is no different when it comes to guitar. This is where Guitar Effects really helps!
Here’s a picture that depicts how a guitar effects pedal is connected to a guitar. and the output provided to the amplifier.
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Guitar Effects Categories
There are several types of effects that one can apply while playing the guitar. Though most of these effects apply o electric and bass guitars, a few are available for acoustic guitars as well.
In general, these are the broad types or categories of Guitar Effects:
Limitations of Using a Guitar Amp
Though guitar amps are primarily meant to provide amplification so that you can hear the final sound from your guitar, most amplifiers also have options to add effects to make the sound different. But then, it doesn’t give the guitarist the option to add or remove the effects while playing the guitar.
That is where guitar effects pedals come in the picture. These are available in two forms:
- Guitar Foot Pedals – Available as a Physical product/hardware
- Guitar Effects software – These are applied on the computer
Guitar Effects Pedals
A physical guitar foot pedal can be controlled using your foot while your hands are busy on the guitar.
And how does the connection work? How do you connect these pedals to the guitar and the amplifier? Before we come to that, let us quickly have a look at the different types of Guitar Effects.
Guitar Effects Software
although the physical foot pedals are best for live playing, when practicing at home or when creating music in your studio, you also have the option of using a effects software.
There are many software programs out there that can turn your computer into some sort of guitar effects processor.
How to Make the Connection?
So how does make the connection between the guitar effects pedal, guitar and the amplifier? Usually the connection is made in this manner:
Your Guitar -> Goes to the Effects Pedal -> Goes to the Guitar Amplifier
You need a regular guitar cable to make the connection.
But then you can always add multiple or different guitar effects to make your guitar sound more interesting; which means that the above connection will now follow the sequence:
Your Guitar -> Pedal 1 -> Pedal 2 -> Pedal 3 and so on and the last pedal -> Goes to the Guitar Amplifier
In this case, you use a regular guitar cable to connect your guitar to the first pedal in the chain, and the last pedal in the chain to the amplifier. All the intermediate pedals are connected to each other via ‘patch cords’. A patch cord is a really short cable that is used to cut down the amount of noise that gets added by these pedals.
So there you go! You now know what guitar effects are and how they fit in the overall connection. You still need to practice with these Guitar Effects though, to get the possible sound from them.