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The wonder of guitar pedals is that whatever effect you may be hankering for or maybe missing from your amp, there’s a box that does the trick (there’s even one that recreates the sound of singing Japanese Anime characters .... of course) How do I power them all?

It’s true, there are a lot - but they all have a function. To narrow it right down and keep things simple the most commonly found types of pedals are tuners, distortion, wah, reverb and modulation.

Most pedals run off either a 9v battery or external power supply. Often there can be variations between voltages which can make cabling a bit of a nightmare but fortunately we supply power bricks that can handle different power requirements from a range of pedals simultaneously.

What order should I connect them in? There are a few different variations but the general consensus on the way to connect a series of pedals is to have the tuner first, then the wah, followed by Distortion, delay / modulation, EQ then reverb. If you have a selection to hand - I’d encourage you to experiment with a few different orders and see if you can identify any variances between set-ups.

I’d encourage you to experiment with a few different orders

Standard 50cm Patch Cable Six Pack (angle jacks)

885226 £56

260095 £5

Flexible distortion pedal capable of producing blended overdrive/ distortion sounds. • Perfect for both rhythm and lead playing • Level, Tone, Drive and Color controls for precise tonal shaping • Boss 5-year warranty

For connecting effects processors, sound modules, pedals etc. Available in either black or coloured insulation.

A great way of saving money and experimenting with different tones is to try a multi effects pedal, which offers a plethora of different sounds that can be quickly recalled, modified and saved for future use. If you’re looking for a specific sound, we recommend a single stomp box.

Types of effect Guitar effects processes are essentially either corrective (EQ and compression) or creative (modulation, wah etc). Effects can fall into either time based processes which manipulate the signal over a set period of time (eg reverb or delay, where the signal is repeated to create ambience and new soundscapes) or dynamic processes such as compression and expression pedals, where the actual volume of the waveform is manipulated to create the desired effect.

The modulation effect Chorus does an excellent job of thickening up your sound, especially on clean channels and who can count the number of classic guitar solos that utilise the famous Cry Baby Wah Wah (this is essentially an agressive EQ filter that is swept up and down the frequency spectrum with one’s foot). For the live performer - compression, EQ and perhaps most importantly, tuner pedals are perhaps the most important and omnipresent examples out there.


Boss OS2 Overdrive/ Distortion

Single pedal or Multi effect?

Any Stand out examples?


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GUITAR EFFECTS Why are there so many?!


Vox V845 Wah Pedal

Korg Pitchblack Tuner

Pedaltrain Nano Pedal Board

803121 £41

770099 £35

A sturdy, workhorse tuner pedal. • 100% True Bypass output keeps your tone intact • Choose from four types of display modes: Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter Mirror • Fits in your pedal board

Highly compact pedal board weighing in at just 1lb. • Slatted design keeps power cables out of the way • Soft case included

Duracell PP3 Alkaline

622385 £39

176243 £2

• A bargain wah pedal - from the people that invented it! • Power supply: One 9V DC battery 6F22(S-006P) • 100 hour battery life

• High energy output • Reliable • Long shelf life • Great for most stomp boxes and electro-acoustic guitars!

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