Must Have Pedals for Beginners
As a beginning guitar player one thing that always generates a lot of
excitement is the use of a guitar pedals. When you use a guitar player
you can get a lot of unique and fun sounds and this is all part of the
experimenting process as a new player. Guitar pedals can be confusing,
so here’s some basic pedals you should have as a beginner.
Distortion/Over Drive Pedal
When you’re a new player you often can’t afford a good guitar amplifier and many of the cheaper amplifiers produce very poor distortion. If you want to play rock then you need a good distortion pedal. This pedal will also make a poor amplifier sound a bit better so it’s tolerable to play from. There are all types of distortion pedal to choose from and there’s a pedal for different genres too. For example, if you like playing heavy metal you will want a distortion pedal that produces thicker distortion.
If you enjoy playing older rock from the 60s and 70s
you’ll probably want a fuzz style distortion pedal. Examples of
beginning pedals to buy would be the Boss DS-1 and the Ibanez Tube
Screamer. Before you buy any distortion pedal, try it out in a guitar
One of the best pedals you could possible buy is the wah-wah pedal. This
pedal allows you to create a lot of fun sounds and it’s a very classic
pedal used in tons of songs. You hear wah-wah in the styles of Jimi
Hendrix, Kirk Hammett, Eric Clapton and tons of other players. One you
start rocking the wah back and forth you won’t want to stop. A wah can
really spice up your solos too.
This pedal can help give you a thicker guitar sound but don’t turn it up
to high or it tends to not sound that great. This pedal is one you can
do without as a beginner but it’s always nice to have. If you play
acoustic guitar through an amplifier a chorus pedal can give you some
nice overall sounds. A delay can help to give your sound more thickness
too as it repeats notes.
A noise gate pedal is a great pedal to own if you have a cheap amplifier
that makes a lot of noise. This pedal can cut down on the noise quite a
bit and it’s nice to have. A tuner pedal is also a good option to buy
as it will help keep you in tune. And it’s perfect to add to your pedal
Digital Multi Effects Box
Digital effects have come a long way from the early days and you should
have at least one digital effects box. These allow you to get a wide
variety of sounds in one compact box. They often have a lot of preset
classic sounds you can begin to use right away and as a beginner they
can give you a lot of nice sounds. The main drawback is that for every
great sounds you find with them there’s an equal number of poor tones
Guitar pedals are a lot of fun and don’t be afraid to experiment with them. These pedals can help mold and shape your overall sound and your musical identity.