There are at least 15 guitar pedal types that are considered to be modern and sophisticated. All of them can also be found easily in the market these days. If you are looking for a advanced and sophisticated guitar pedal right now, you just have to choose one of these 15 pedals below.
1. Delay Pedals
This is one of the most famous guitar pedals. It has great ability to produce good sounds but unfortunately it requires high maintenance. Delay pedals, like the Roland Space Echo, are also quite large physically.
2. Fuzz Pedals
Fuzz pedals were released in the early 1960s. It is quite compact and has the ability to produce wavy sound effects. One of the most famous examples of fuzz pedals still used today is the Gibson’s Maestro Fuzz Tone.
3. Boost Pedals
Basically, this is a very simple effect pedal. All it does is boosting the signal of the guitar. As the result, the sounds produced by the guitar can be way better since the pedal allows guitarist to hit the amp’s front end using bigger signal.
4. Chorus Pedals
This “very 80s” pedal has the ability to copy the natural sound effect. The pedal can do that because the pedal essentially mixes different types of sounds coming from the guitar with numerous timbre and pitch. A lot of guitarists use this pedal to get the doubling effect of the guitar sounds.
5. Phaser Pedals
This pedal was very popular in the 70s and still popular to this day. It has the ability to produce sweeping sound. This kind of pedal was used by a lot of world-class guitarists, such as Queen’s Brian May when he recorded the song “Sheer Heart Attack”.
6. Flanger Pedals
If you ever heard a guitarist produce jet-like sweeping sounds, it is certainly the result of the flanger pedal usage. Besides that unique sound, flanger pedal is also used to create dramatic flange effect to the guitar sounds.
7. EQ Pedals
Basically, an EQ pedal cuts and boosts the guitar sounds’ frequencies to make it more dramatic. The EQ pedal is often used to boost the sound especially during the guitar solo part.
8. Looper Pedals
Looper pedal is a device that can be used to record the sounds of the guitar and then repeat it again for a short amount of time. It is almost like the delay pedal but better.
9. Compressor Pedals
Sometimes, a guitarist needs to adjust the sounds of the guitar by normalizing the dynamic range of the produced sound. They can do that by using the compressor pedal. This pedal can make the sound more subtle.
10. Tremolo Pedals
Tremolo pedal is used by many guitarists to increase power and volume of the guitar, making it produces more profound and bolder sounds effect.
11. Tuner Pedals
Tuner pedal is probably the most essential one among all guitar pedal types available on the market today. The pedal has the ability to produce desired effect, whether it is the effect to either adjust the sound or enhance the sound.
12. Volume Pedals
If you are looking for the pedal to control the volume, volume pedal is clearly the one you are looking for. The pedal has the ability to increase or decrease the volume. It can do that without having to reduce and change the tone.
13. Noise Gate Pedals
This pedal is basically used to attenuate the “humm” sound or the “hiss” sound produced by the guitar.
14. Octave Pedals
By mixing the synthesized signal and the input signal, octave pedals can create a lower or higher musical tone with ease.
15. Acoustic Simulator Guitar Pedals
Do you need to quickly shift between the electric tones and the acoustic tones? You can do that, even without changing the instruments, by using this pedal,.
Besides those 15 pedals mentioned above, there are still many more of them used in the world of music, particularly in guitar-playing. The above 15 guitar pedal types certainly have the ability to enhance the sound production when it comes to playing guitar for any purposes.