Types of Click Pedals for an Electric Guitar
- Guitar click pedals can add variety to the sound of your guitar.Guitar player #1 image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com
Guitar pedals are devices used to apply different sound effects to guitars. With a tap of your foot, you can add delay, reverberation, phasing, and a number of other effects to your guitar's tone while you play. Pedals can be combined and layered or else used on their own to alter the sound of a guitar.
- A reverberation click pedal processes the incoming signal sent from your electric guitar, repeats the signal at a user-specified rate per second, then outputs that signal to your amplifier. You can strum your guitar strings at the same speed as the reverberation to create a multi-layered sound.
- You can "distort" the clean sound of your electric guitar's output by using a distortion pedal. Distortion pedals compress the incoming signal from your guitar before sending the signal to the amplifier. The higher the distortion, or compression rate, the "crunchier" the amplifier's sound.
- Chorus click pedals add layers of harmony to the sound of your guitar. The pedal processes the incoming signal from your guitar, adds harmonic pitches, such as fifth and seventh notes, then sends that signal to the amplifier. Chorus click pedals can create the effect of multiple guitars with only a single instrument.
Loop Click Pedals
- Loop click pedals contain memory in which to store a certain amount of guitar playing time. For example, a loop pedal with ten seconds of memory allows you to record a clip for ten seconds before the clip starts to repeat. Loop pedals are beneficial when you want a particular guitar phrase, or "riff," to repeat continually while you play other guitar parts.
Phase Shifting Pedal
- Phase shifting pedals alter the sound of an electric guitar with the use of frequency modulators. The pedal processes the incoming signal from your guitar and slowly-but-fluidly alternates the frequency between low and high points on the frequency spectrum.