Guitar Effects Pedals

30th January

The sounds of the electric guitar are an art form in their own right and have come to dominate the music industry, but it could not have done this on its own. Alongside the guitar, external pieces of equipment have been invented and developed called Guitar Effects Pedals. These Guitar Pedals alter the sound, tone or pitch of the guitar giving the artist his unique sound or identifying a music genre.
The range of Effects Pedals used by electric guitars is huge, so only the most common ones used will be discussed here.
Distortion Pedals.
One group of very popular Effects Pedals is the distortion type of effects. These effects are produced by distortion pedals, which “flatten” the top and bottom of the signal from the guitar. Distortion effects can be sub-divided into four main groups: overdrive, crunch, hi-gain and fuzz. You can often recognize the artist or style of music by the effect used.
Volume effects.
This is where a pedal pressed down or let up to adjust the level of the volume. The guitarist uses this pedal during a performance to adjust the volume or to fade in and out. This is useful during a performance to lower the guitar volume down to allow the vocals to be heard.
The other pedals that also fall into this group are the Tremolo and Compressor pedals.
Delay or echo, looping, and reverberation.
The delay or echo pedal, copies the incoming signal from the guitar, delays it slightly and repeats it either once for a “slap” effect or many times for an “echo” effect. Looping is when a passage is copied and then played back, accompanying that passage as it is played. Reverb is the persistence of a sound after the original sound has gone. It is in effect a large and extended number of echoes.
Modulation
Modulation type effects include a number of devices, the vibrato pedal, the phase shifter and the flanger. A vibrato pedal creates its sound by synchronizing a standard speaker’s volume oscillation, frequency-specific volume oscillation, vibrato, phase shifting and chorusing. A phase shifter pedal creates a “whooshing” noise, something similar to a Jet plane. A Flanger pedal makes the sound of a tape slowing down and then speeding up again, as if someone held something against the flange and let go again.
If you are seriously interested in Guitar Pedals and would like to know more, including how to sound like your favourite guitarist or a classic song, then I would recommend “Guitar Effects Pedals” by Dave Hunter. An experienced guitar player, Dave Hunter offers insight from the top builders and tips on how to get the most from each pedal. He also dissects chains used by top guitarists in creating memorable recordings. The accompanying CD features standard as well as unusual sounds from a wide range of Guitar Pedals, as well as classic combinations used by the guitar greats.

 

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Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster Pedal

13th June

Eric Clapton’s guitar playing with John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on the 1965 album “John Mayell Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton”  (An album quite often referred to as “The Beano Album”), made use of a Gibson Les Paul Standard 1959 guitar, a Marshall Model 1962 Combo amp, and a Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster Effects Pedal. This particular sound set a standard as the Fat and Juicy British Blues-Rock Tone.
Clapton’s long-standing association with Mayall and company has caused a large number of people to try and capture that “Special Tone”.
This has lead to modern day re-creations of the electronic equipment used back then, in particular the Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster Pedal.

 

The Dallas Rangemaster

The electronics inside the Dallas Rangemaster consist of a Mullard OC44 germanium transistor as the main active component.
These germanium transistors of the late 1950s to mid ’60s are known for their creamy and smooth sound, compared to silicon transistors which became more prevalent in the late ’60s and early ’70s and now dominate the electronics industry.
Other Germanium transistors were sometimes used in place of the OC44, such as the Newmarket NTK275 and the CV7003 which is the military spec of the OC44.
Of course other germanium transistors will work in place of the OC44, and trying other transistors is part of the fun and interest that building pedals holds. (You never know what kind of sound you will get, you might even invent something new).

Apart from the Mullard OC44 germanium transistor there are three resistors, three capacitors, a potentiometer for controlling the boost, and a 9-volt battery.
Not an awful lot of components, but an original example of a Dallas Rangemaster Pedal will cost you several hundred American dollars.

There are quite a number of small business pedal makers around these days, all with a varying degree of quality, and with a varying price range.
Some pedals are more complicated and difficult to build than others, but the Dallas Rangemaster must be the easiest of them all.

You do not need to be knowledgeable in electronics to follow pedal building instructions, and you will learn as you go along.
Building and repairing your own Guitar Effects Pedals can save you a lot of money as well as being an interesting hobby.  Some people have turned this into a business, even part-time and made money.
Whichever way you want to do it, it is enjoyable and interesting, and when you play your guitar through it, it is very rewarding.

 

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How to Link Guitar Effects Pedals Together

7th February

How to Link Guitar Effects Pedals Together

How to Link Guitar Effects Pedals Together

You must learn how to ‘Link’ your Guitar Effects Pedals. You might think “an effect is an effect”, but this simply isn’t the case. The electronic circuitry of any effects pedal can add to, or subtract from your overall tone in the same way that the types of wood that your guitar is made of, or the pickups it uses, will influence your tone.
This is why you’ll see many professional players use a variety of effects pedals, and they will often have a favorite model for a particular type of effect.
There is a general set of rules regarding the placement of different types of effects pedals in a chain for the best ‘signal to noise’ ratio.

A Good Effects Pedal Chain.

Guitar — Wah — Distortion — Chorus — Amp + Delay (sent separately through the amplifiers effect loop)
or
Guitar — Wah — Distortion — Chorus — Delay —Amp.
As you may notice above, Delay is typically the last effect in any chain.
You will have to plug from the Delay (at the end of the whole chain) into your amp’s input jack if you are using a one-channel amp. For two-channel amps, it is generally recommended to plug your Guitar—Wah—Distortion—Chorus chain into the input jack, while plugging your Delay (separate from the chain) into the amplifiers “effects send and return” loop.

In general, you will find that the effect of yours is doing one (and sometimes more than one) of the following things to your guitar signal:

  1. Adding to it
  2. Subtracting (or ‘clipping) from it
  3. Modulating it

A distortion pedal, for example, creates noise (‘distortion’) by clipping the signal.
Imagine if you clipped off the tops of the ‘curves’, creating something closer to square wave? It’s going to sound harsher and ‘buzzier’. In other words, it’s going to sound distorted!
Likewise, imagine if you could modulate a signal so that the peaks and valleys (amplitude) were more extreme, their spacing (phase) less regular or the peak frequency response (tone) filtered in or out?
Again, this isn’t all cut-and-dry. Placement of effects is very much dependent not just on their type, but how many are involved. Figuring out what works so you can shape your sound is one of the most exciting stages of learning to play electric guitar.

 

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How To Use Guitar Pedals

16th January

How To Use Guitar Pedals

Guitars play an important song in modern music. In rock and pop, guitars have become expected fixtures. Electric guitars have soared in popularity since the early twentieth century. Musicians such as Jimmy Hendrix and Carlos Santana also helped escalate the popular appeal of the sound of electric guitars.

Electric guitars basically amplify sound through amplifiers. Popular rock songs often employ “distortion effects” from electric guitars for a fun and funky sound. Those effects are made using pick-ups and “guitar pedals.” Guitar pedals are also known as multi-processors and allow musicians to experiment with a variety of different sound types.
Guitar pedals offer a wide range of options for the guitarist who wants to add something extra to their playing. Recent technological advances have added many new features to guitar pedals, and multi-processor pedals have become the new standard. Best of all, a guitar pedal offers a variety of features in one small package.
If you are a guitarist and you want to develop your technique and style, then you definitely need a guitar pedal. Amateur guitarists should opt for basic guitar pedals. However, for the ‘pros’, there are innumerable guitar pedals available which will leave you asking for more.
You can get amazingly good pedals when you visit an online guitar store. An online guitar store is a great source which allows you to choose from a number of electric guitars and guitar pedals. Just browse any online”guitar center” and you’ll find amazing deals on guitars and other guitar gear.

 

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Getting That Jazz Tone

14th December

Getting That Jazz Tone

The Guitar

For an authentic jazz tone, a semi-acoustic hollow body electric guitar is probably best. A Gibson ES-175 can cost thousands of dollars but there are also some good quality entry models such as Guild, Yamaha , Ibanez Artcore line of guitars and Epiphone, owned by Gibson, are designed for aspiring musicians who lack the budget for a top model. Look for a guitar which provides a clean tone with plenty of sustain.

Roll off the treble on your guitar’s controls. Jazz guitar players often like to play with a rich mellow tone.

Jazz Guitar Amplifier

Traditional jazz guitar players often use solid state amplifiers that produce a clean sound that can compliment acoustic arch-top guitars. Others prefer a slightly more distorted sound, so a tube amp might fit the bill.

Guitar Effect Pedals

A touch of reverb might be all that you need without having to get into effects in any great depth. However, many jazz guitar players today use the whole range at their disposal, chorus, overdrive, distortion and wah-wah pedals. When you are using Effects Pedals, make sure they compliment your playing style and that you still have that “clarity” in your tone. Many guitar players make the mistake of using a too intense or too many effects in their guitar tone which results in a poor quality or muddy sound.

Listen to all the recordings of all the jazz guitarists that you can. Listen closely to their sounds and try to recreate them. When you experience this enough, you will be able to develop and create your own special guitar sound. You will have a signature sound all of your own.

 

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Guitar Volume Pedal

6th December

Guitar Volume Pedal, Guitar Effects Pedals

Guitar Volume Pedal

 

Guitar volume pedals helps to control the volume of a guitar and is an important component of Guitar Effects accessories. It helps deliver many effects. Some of these pedals are stated below:

- High Gain Volume Pedal: This guitar volume pedal is able to control dynamic sounds. Batteries are not required for this gazette.

- Low impedance volume pedal: This one has a large number of effects. It can be adjusted and changed as per the requirements of the player.

- Mono Volume Pedal Junior: This is a very small volume pedal. It fits in the paddleboards very easily. It does not take much electronics and it has got two different options for volume swell.

- Volume Boost Pedal: Guitar sounds can be boosted and shaped with the help of this guitar volume pedal. This pedal has an option called turbo mood that can be enabled during the solo playing session.

- Pan Volume Pedal: This pedal helps to control the guitar’s panning signal properly.

- Volume Plus Pedal: This pedal can be used both playing lead and rhythm guitar. It has got a foot switch that helps the players to reset easily. Now, they don’t have to kneel down and reset. It saves time also.

- Mono Guitar Volume Pedal: This pedal is well build and trendy looking. The best thing about it is that it lasts for a long time.

There is another kind of guitar volume pedal that can be set between the guitar and the amplifier. This volume pedal is also worth using.

If you are a guitar volume pedal user, then you must be aware about some of the problems that can occur while using it. You can definitely take it to a repairing shop and get it repaired. But, you can fix it on your own too. You just need to know the procedure.

 

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Guitar Pedals or Rack Mount Effects ?

30th November

Guitar Effects Pedals or Rack Mount Guitar Effects Processors

Guitar Effects Pedals

Rack Mount Guitar Effects Processors  ???

There is a huge range of Guitar Effects available these days, both Rackmount or individual pedals, from a large number of manufacturers.  Finding the combination of Effects Pedals or Rackmount equipment takes a certain amount time in experimenting with the various units to try and obtain the sound or range of sounds that is right for you.

Many musicians still prefer the single stompbox type pedal for their individuality and good value for money.     Multi-effects units that use processors to produce and combine effects, have some advantages in that they allow the guitarist to program in the combination of effects into a “Patch” that can be saved and recalled when wanted.  The disadvantage of this is that the parameters of the effects in the patch cannot be easily altered, as can the individual Effects Pedals.  There is sometimes a sound dropout when changing patches with the multi effects units, which can be noticeable depending on the note or chord being played.

The stompbox type Guitar Effects Pedals,  are more flexible, allowing the guitarist to switch individual effects on and off when required. Many guitarists say the older analog effects pedals have a “warmer” tone.

The best way to find what works for you is experimentation.  Try out Effects Pedals or Rackmount Effects in your local music shop if you have one, or try buying them second hand to keep the cost down until you find the right combination for you.  If you buy something and decide it’s not what you want, try selling it again to reduce your costs.

 

 

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