My Favorite Guitar Pedals
What’s the point of playing guitar if you can’t find a wide array of pedals to throw on and develop a deepened sense of elation? As narcissistic or self-righteous this might make guitar playing sound; pedals are fun.
Nevertheless, since my early days of playing, I’ve always had an infatuation with pedals. My first introduction to a guitar pedal was by my friend CJ who showed me a Boss DS-1 when we were in 7th grade. I had no idea pedals even existed at that point, but from there, I began a slow collection of pedals to toy around with.
Currently, at 22, I’ve grown accustomed to a select group of pedals I use whenever I play out or record music. Some of you might have no interest in the matter, since I’m not a notable guitarist or musician by any means, but who cares! If you’re interested in buying one of the guitar pedals listed below, click on the title of one for a direct link to Amazon. Let’s take a look at my favorite guitar pedals.
As far as pedals go, having a reliable distortion or overdrive is arguably the most integral part of a board. For me, I struck gold when I purchased a Bad Cat Siamese Drive a few years back. This dual overdrive is extremely unadorned, with two channels that feature an output, tone, and gain. It has a wide range of sounds that embody a simple boost to being a thick and crunchy overdrive. The dual drive function makes it a versatile overdrive that’s been my go-to overdrive for a couple of years.
Without sounding too much of a bourgeoisie, who doesn’t love Strymon pedals? Yes, their price is up there, but they’re undoubtedly worth it. Other than my Bad Cat, the pedal I go to the most is my Strymon Big Sky. This euphoric reverb has every ambient sound you can imagine, not to mention it’s layout and drone functionality. It’s an absolutely incredible pedal I can’t get enough of.
As much as I love the Line-6 DL4, I primarily use it for its looping function. Whether this is a massive sin or not, I don’t care. Aside from the looping function, it’s a substantial delay that comes with a wide range of delay possibilities to choose from. I wish its powering system wasn’t so annoying given its 9VAC 1200 ma (who thought it was a good idea); nevertheless, it’s a great pedal.
For my go-to delay, I rely heavily on the Rubberneck Analog Delay. Its delay functionality is reasonably straightforward with timing, repeating, and level options. My interest is tied to its chorus addition and regen stomp. You can get some fascinating whale/ocean sounds with the regen option, which intrigued me right away.
Out of all of the pedals I’ve listed, you’re probably why I have a Boss Flanger listed. The Boss BF-2 is an extremely reliable flanger that does everything it’s supposed to do. Plus, it’s affordable and sounds great. What more do you need from a pedal?
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