Do you know the story behind Marshall Amps? If you’re a guitar player, that name has as much weight as Leo Fender or Orville Gibson. His name is written on shirts, hats, and of course some of our favorite amplifiers. Jim Marshall began as an average music store owner. However, due to a growing need for better and louder amplification, he started his amplifier company in 1962. Like many geniuses, Jim Marshall’s success was partly due to foresight and partly due to pure luck and necessity.
It’s impossible to shop around for effects pedals without noticing claims of “true bypass” coming from a wide range of manufacturers. Like many things in the guitar effects world, there is some disagreement about the benefits of true bypass, with some players preferring a buffered bypass to preserve their original tone. So should you only go for “true bypass” or is there something to be said for the buffered approach?
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Powering a pedalboard’s worth of effects with batteries seems unthinkable. Why would you run each device on a dedicated battery when you can just hog tons of outlets or use a “daisy chain” style option like the One Spot? Well, if you’re concerned about tone and removing hissing and other DC-related noise, it’s time to reconsider how you’re powering up your pedals.
The chorus pedal was an eighties staple, and although it’s not as common today, it’s still a valuable addition to any guitarists’ arsenal. It’s designed as a replication of the sound of two guitarists playing the same piece – there are inevitably minor differences in pitch and timbre that lead to a choral, choir-like sound. To produce the effect with a solo guitarist, the signal is split into two: the original and a slightly delayed version of itself with a slight difference in pitch, which is modulated to finish off the effect. But how do you put it to best use?
Compressor pedals are disarmingly simple – they detect spikes in your volume and normalize the levels automatically. Fattening up your tone, boosting sustain and making your sound punchier are pretty much just possible side effects of the volume controlling process. It’s all a trade-off between the desirable and undesirable side effects, so to get the most out of any given pedal you need to understand the various controls.
An important decision when it comes to effects pedals is whether to stick with the traditional route – a bunch of solo-function stompboxes connected together and mounted onto a pedalboard – or to make the most of technology with a multi-effects unit.
Making the choice means considering the pros and cons of each and thinking about what you want from your effects setup. Here are some considerations…
If you plan to use your delay in conjunction with other effect pedals, it is important to consider where to place these effects in your signal chain—especially if you’re using overdrive, distortion, or fuzz pedals.