Soft clipping and hard clipping in pedal effects and how they affect your sound.
Many times in guitar shops, especially when talking about distortion or overdrive effects, we hear the terms hard clipping and soft clipping used to describe the different sound effects pedals create. It can be confusing if you don’t understand these terms or how they affect your sound. Continue reading “Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?”
A second generation of the highly regarded overdrive Wampler Pinnacle Standard, the Pinnacle Deluxe v2 features the same sound as the first version but adds a ton of versatility and convenient attributes. Continue reading “Pinnacle Deluxe v2 Overdrive from Wampler Pedals”
Here are some of the best guitar phase shifter pedals around, and a word or two on what they’re all about. For starters, the phaser and the flanger might sound similar, but the phaser is based on frequency while the flanger is based on time. Very simply explained, the phaser splits your guitar signal into at least two signals and leaves one version unaltered. The other version is run through a tone control capacitor very similar to the Tone control on a guitar, but set to different frequencies. Continue reading “Best Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals”
The wah pedal is one of the most well known and expressive effects available for the guitar. We'll take a look at a few and see if we can find the best one for your sound.
Since the late ’60s, there have been millions of recordings made using the wah pedal, and almost every guitar player, popular or not, has used one. Here are what we think are some of the best guitar wah pedals around.
Since its creation, the wah has been a true staple of countless guitar players. Created in 1966 and popularized by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in 1967, the Vox V846 was the first commercial pedal to become available. Continue reading “What Are the Best Guitar Wah Pedals?”
Shopping on a budget for a guitar wah pedal? This list features some surprisingly affordable choices.
The wah pedal is one of the best-known effects commonly found on a guitarist’s pedalboard. With its unique distortion capabilities, it is one of the few effects that is well known to even non-guitar players. It is expressive, giving the guitar an almost vocal-like quality, and guitarists such as Steve Vai have used the wah very successfully to simulate entire conversations. Continue reading “What Are the Best Budget Guitar Wah Pedals?”
Now that we've reviewed the components in Part 1, we'll begin the process of actually building our gain boost pedal.
If you are a guitar player looking to create your own unique sound, one of the best ways to do that is to build your own equipment from scratch. A good portion of “Guitar Electronics” is just very simple circuits that can be built and modified at home. Continue reading “Gain Boost Part 2 – Building the Pedal”
Electro-Harmonix Next Step Crying Tone Wah Pedal
A very modern styling of a classic, the Electro-Harmonix Next Step Crying Tone Wah Pedal is quite unique because there are no moving parts at all — no pots, foot switches or gears to get dirty and wear out. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Next Step Crying Tone Wah Pedal”
The V847A is designed to have the original Vox tone while adding a few modern updates to bring the pedal into the modern era
Many wah pedals suffer from a loss of tone when the guitar is plugged into the pedal, and often, this tone loss can be considerable, but the Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal is a modern version of the original Vox Wah and it has been designed to address that issue. Continue reading “Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal”
Housed in a very compact unit designed to fit on even the smallest of pedalboards, the Morley Mini Wah is actually two pedals in one.
The Morley Mini Wah is compatible with the guitar, bass, and keyboard. Continue reading “Morley Mini Wah Volume Pedal”
The Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah features a circuit that is very similar to the Crying Tone Wah but with a traditional rack and pinion style design.
The traditional style of the Electro-Harmonix Wailer, with movable pedal and a steady base, is much better suited to a pedalboard than the Crying Tone. The pedal is constructed in a light and cost-effective, but still very sturdy, high-impact plastic housing that’s designed to take years of abuse. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal”