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Since the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones in the '60s, guitarists have used Guitar Effects Pedals to morph the sound of their guitars into new and exciting tones. Prior to the introduction of FX pedals, guitars traditionally had a 'clean' and natural sound, which radically transformed with the use of Distortion, Reverb, Delay and other effects. Other effects like Chorus, Phasers and Wah-Wah pedals can also be thrown into your signal chain to spice things up! Pedals usually come in the form of foot pedals (or Stomp Boxes) that can be operated hands-free, or studio rack-based units that can be controlled and operated from a 19" rack.
Here at Worcester Guitar Centre, we know how fun it is to experiment with new sounds and finding your own 'signature' tone. We sell a wide range of stomp boxes, footswitch pedals and multi-effects that can be combined to create completely unique soundscapes for your next hit! We stock big brands like Ibanez, MXR, T-Rex, Jim Dunlop and Laney to name a few. We're also proud to find home for more boutique pedals from Orange, Blaxx, Tom's Line Engineering and Red Witch. We've also got great deals on second-hand and one-off pedals that you may not find anywhere else!
Speak to our in-store experts to find the right pedal for you, or why not pop into our Midlands store and try them out for yourself? We can help you experiment with the best way to connect your pedals, and even pick out a suitable Pedalboard to keep them neat and tidy!
Electric Guitar Effects
Most Electric Guitar Effects come in the form of the portable, compact 'stomp box', which can be operated on stage or in the studio using your feet.
One of the most popular effects for an Electric is your standard Distortion pedal. Distortion is also known by other terms like Fuzz, Gain or Overdrive, which help create the warm, gritty and 'raw' sound typically found on Rock, Metal, Punk and many other styles. By driving the guitar signal to the point of 'clipping', Distortion is the perfect tool to create the warmth of a vintage tube amplifier. Check out the Ibanez Tube Screamer series, as used by Blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, or the Dunlop Fuzz Face pedals which helped changed the sound of the Electric Guitar as we know it today.
Other popular effects for Electric Guitars include the use of a Filter. These can include EQ (Equalizer) pedals that offer multi-band control over the high, low and mid range frequencies, such as the popular MXR M108.
One of the most weird and wacky sounds available for electric guitar is the classic 'Wah-Wah' effect, as used by guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix. The Jim Dunlop 'Crybaby' Wah pedal is a great tool to add a funky, soulful touch to your tone.
To prevent your guitar's tone from sounding 'flat', you can use Reverb and Delay pedals to add a sense of atmosphere and ambience to your tone. A wet/dry control allows you to shape the intensity and decay time, so you can dial in small 'spring' echos or big, outdoor reverb for that epic lead solo! Check out the MXR 'Carbon Copy' range for authentic analog delays that sound great in any rig.
Bass Guitar Effects
Typically designed to handle the much lower frequencies of a Bass Guitar, these stomp boxes can help any level of bassist create inventive new sounds from their axe. We stock a wide range of Ashdown, Dunlop and Ibanez bass FX, with a wide range in stock and on display in our store to try before you buy.
One of the most commonly used Bass Effects is the Bass Chorus, such as the MXR M83. Chorus helps create the swirling, lush texture that really 'thickens' up the bottom end of your electric or double bass.
A Pitch shifter can be used by an electric guitarist to play notes that would normally only be available on an electric bass guitar. As well, a bass player with a four string electric bass can use an Octave pedal to obtain low notes that would normally only be obtainable with a five-string bass with a low "B" string. Check out the MXR M288 Bass Octave to help achieve this cool effect!
Acoustic Guitar Effects
Whilst many Acoustic Guitar players like to keep their sound natural (dry), to help emphasise the natural sound of their tonewoods, using Reverb, Delay or Chorus is a great way to add ambience for a solo singer gig. Our range of Acoustic effects can help you get the most out of your guitar.
One example of a very popular Acoustic Guitar effect is the use of a Looper pedal - used by the likes of Ed Sheeran to create seamless loops in real time whilst beatboxing, strumming or singing simultenously.
The Ashdown Acoustic Preamp pedal is now in stock here at WGC. A balanced DI through signal means you can run your signal through to a PA without the need for a DI box, making this pedal a must have for any gigging acoustic guitar player.
The most convenient way to transport and operate your effects is with the use of a Pedalboard. Housing your array of pedals in a flightcase-style flatboard means that setting up before a gig is really easy, and keeps your connecting cables neat and tidy. Our range of Stagg UPC carry cases are extremely affordable - a cost effective solution to protect your treasured effects whilst touring or stored at home. Simply slot your stompboxes in, connect them up using some of our Patch Cables, and away you go!
Most guitar effects can be powered from a 9v or 18v battery, but others may require a dedicated Power Supply. We stock universal 9v PSUs from Stagg that can power a wide range of pedals, as well as multi-output units from T-Rex and MXR that can power multiple pedals on your pedalboard simultaneously.