Guitar pedals have given us some of the best sounds in modern music. Would we have Pink Floyd without the luscious echo sounds coming from David Gilmour’s delay pedal? Or the wah sound coming from Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile which pretty much became ‘the sound’ of a war-torn America in the Sixties? Or how about the chorus effect that so emphatically opened up Nirvana’s Come As You Are? I don’t think so.
Yes, guitar pedals, along with guitars and guitar amps, have brought us a treasure trove of sonic delights. Yet understanding the array of different guitar pedals out there and knowing how to connect them all up is no easy feat. The good people at Zing Instruments are tackling this head on, with their super-duper guide to guitar pedal mastery that explains what some of the most popular pedals do, and in what order in the signal chain they should appear.