Are “Effect Pedals” necessary for most guitarist?

April 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm (Music)

Tom Morello: The Pedal Master
Hey gang, sorry for the long break in between posts…my sister and brother in law are in town and I have had some massive jaw pain due to my wisdom teeth coming in (gotta love pain killers!). Anyways, I figured I would bring up a subject that has been affecting me lately: when is the right time to include effect pedals into your guitar performance? I received my first pedal around four months ago (Crybaby Wha-Wha pedal) and was truly enamored with it at first. It makes an awesome sound when used correctly (see “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix or “Bull’s on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine), but as the first-use wonder began to wear off, I couldn’t help but notice the impracticality of it…sure, its great for a few select songs, but how often would I really use this thing? Most professional guitarists have huge pedal line ups (wha-wha’s, delay, whammy’s….you name it), but for your everyday novice, it really isn’t necessary. When your guitar playing becomes more about effects than the actually technique of playing the instrument, you are headed down a long and disappointing road. As of now, I currently own two effect pedals (a pre-amp overdrive stomp box to go along with the Wha=Wha), and I honestly rarely use them (mostly just to show off that good ‘ol Voodoo Child intro…guaranteed to get you laid!)…In conclusion, before you have the fundamentals down, dont go after those expensive and often times unnecessary pedal line ups!

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