Guitar Pedals Types

There are three main guitar pedals types – distortion, overdrive and fuzz. Distortion gives your guitar that gritty, overdriven sound. It’s a staple of rock music but can also be used for heavy metal riffs. If you want to add a little bit of overdrive to your guitar, get a simple pedal such as the Dunlop DVP4 Volume X Mini. If you want a more overdriven sound, you can go for a stompbox such as the Ibanez Tube Screamer or a more aggressive pedal like the RAT2.

Overdrive pedals give your signal that overdriven tone, from light overdrive to searing grit. They’re very versatile and can be found in most guitar pedal collections.

Pedal Power: Exploring the Diverse Types of Guitar Pedals

A delay pedal does exactly what it says on the tin – it delays your sound signal and plays it back to create a doubling effect. Depending on the type of pedal you have, you may be able to control how long the delay lasts and whether it’s modulated or not. You can even choose between short slapback delays or infinitely soaring cavernous delays.

Another very useful pedal is an octave pedal which takes the current note you play and raises or lowers it by an octave. This can add a lot of weight to your sound and is great for creating psychedelic sounds and for experimenting with riffs.

Modulation pedals tweak various aspects of the guitar’s clean signal, such as its pitch and volume. Examples of these pedals include chorus and tremolo. There are also other more specific effects such as flanger which gives you that metallic, wooshing sound that’s been used by artists like Kurt Cobain.