TYPES OF EFFECTS
Every pedal has a distinct effect or utility that is added to your guitar's signal - every pedal is different in terms of how it shapes your tone. Below are the most common types of effects and a few examples of our stock.
Overdrive pedals simulate the sound of a tube amp on the edge of breakup, this allows for nice cutting dynamics and adds some punch to your tone.
Distortion takes this one step further, and sends your signal into a more saturated, heavier space.
Arden's recommends the Fender Santa Ana Overdrive
As made famous by Jimi Hendrix and a myriad of different players in the 1960's, fuzz, similar to distortion emulates the sound of a pushed signal, but a much more aggressive and compressed style of distortion that creates a very warm, "fuzzy", and less defined sound.
Arden's recommends the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi
One of the most widely used effects, reverberation or reverb is the effect of soundwaves bouncing off of surfaces to create many different individual delays that the ear can't necessarily pick up separately. A reverb pedal is used to emulate this sound with a plethora of different options from halls to plate and spring reverb units, all with their own unique sound.
Arden's recommends the TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2
Often used for soloing or in clean passages, delay is feedback of a sound repeated and decayed with each subsequent repeat, simply put - an echo. Similar to reverb, delay pedals emulate many different kinds of delay - tape, analog, digital, to name a few of the most common.
Arden's recommends the MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
One of several different kinds of modulation effects, chorus is the application of a filter that adds several slightly different pitches which are perceived as one by the ear. This adds a layer of depth and fullness to your sound particularly in lead guitar playing. Commonly described as an "underwater" sounding effect, chorus has found use in clean contexts as well, notably by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
Arden's recommends the MXR Analog Chorus
Similar to delay, a looper pedals allow you to record a section of your playing and repeat it back. Most looper pedals can save and play multiple loops at the same time to create a multilayered sound. Great for working on ideas when writing, or for solo performers looking to create a bigger stage sound.
Arden's recommends the Electro-Harmonix 360 Nano Looper
Compression in the most basic terms is the process of "compressing" the loudest frequencies and amplifying quieter frequencies, making more a more focused, even, and overall natural sound. Compression is a key part in any guitarist's arsenal, and while it may sound subtle in many applications, it makes a world of difference in a mix.
Arden's recommends the MXR Super Comp
Apart from chorus, there are many other different types of modulation on 'mod' effects, one of the most popular being phasing. Popularized by guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen, the phaser applies a sweeping "jet plane" sounding effect.
Arden's recommends the MXR Phase 90
Popularized by guitarists of the the 1960s and onward, the wah-wah (or commonly just wah) pedal modifies a note's 'vowel quality' within a sound spectrum in order to create a 'wah' sound which can be controlled with how far the pedal is pressed down. Commonly heard throughout rock, funk, and many other genres, the unmistakable sound of a wah pedal adds a voice-like quality of expression to your playing.
Arden's recommends the Vox V845 Classic Wah
Not necessary an effect, but an absolute staple to any guitarist's pedalboard. A tuner pedal (in most cases) bypasses the guitar's signal to the amp and allows you to tune your guitar without hearing obnoxious tuning sounds through your amp.
Arden's recommends the Planet Waves Chromatic Tuner Pedal