5 Things You Must Know About Guitar Pedals

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Kristal Bean is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes guitarist. In her free time, she homeschools, works out and listens to live music. Check her blog greenlightbooking.com

If you are someone searching for the information about guitar pedals, you have come to the right page. In this post we will guide you about guitar pedals and their connecting cables. Below are 5 things that you must know about guitar pedals so that you can use your guitar to its maximum potential.

Pedals change the way your guitar sounds.

Even if a certain pedal isn’t engaged while you are playing the guitar, it will affect how your guitar sounds. If you want to check this, plug your guitar into the amp then simply make sure the pedal is not engaged.

You will see the alteration that occurs when you plug the guitar into the amp and when it passes through the pedal. This is the reason the guitar pedals are also named as “tone sucks”. Costly pedals are best to minimize it even more, but the alteration is still there!

Guitar cables affect your tone.

In the 60’s, guitar cables were really cheap. You could buy a guitar cable from Radio shack in just $1. If you want to experiment or create that real 60’s sound, you must buy a cheap cable.

Thin and cheap guitar cables do not transfer much bass effect. One more thing to notice about old guitar cables is they are not properly covered or shielded. Right shielding saves the cable from catching up stray RF signal.

Find the best signal chain.

For those who don’t know let me explain that signal chain basically refers to the order the pedals go in. This subject is a bit debatable, but generally, distortion units last. When distortion occurs at the start, you simply can’t “un-distort” the signal at all.

You can have your pedals in any arrangement or order you prefer, but you must avoid making terrible, howling, squealing sound. Make sure you use inputs for inputs and outputs for outputs.

Try your best to achieve unity gain.

Unity gain is having the stable and consistent sound volume all through your pedal chain and it doesn’t matter which pedals are involved (apart from booster pedals which are for amplifying purpose).

In simple words, if you are having a postponement, and there is a chorus pedal in your setup, the volume that is coming from the amplifier must not alter irrespective of the blend of pedals that are involved.

AC or DC?

Well, it is more sensible and reasonable to daisy chain your guitar pedals and to keep wall wort in use. Nonetheless, if you would like to have a really clean sound without any outside RF signal or other intrusion, and you love spending money, you can use batteries. Some people even switch from one brand to another.

Alright then – these were some of the important things I wanted to list. It’s time to go. If you liked this post, don’t forget to share it with the world. : )

Natalie Wilson
 

I've been an avid guitar fan for as long as I can remember and the day I embarked on my six-string journey at the young age of 5 truly defined the course of my entire life. I work as a professional musician, session guitarist, and guitar teacher, and would like to use this blog as a personal outlet to share my six-string knowledge with the world. Welcome to MusicalAdvisors.com

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