MusicRadar basics: guitar pedals and effects

Everything you need to know to get started with guitar effects

Want to learn about guitar effects We ll tell you everything you need to know

MusicRadar basics is a video series for musicians designed to answer all of those questions that crop up when you first start playing an instrument. In this series, in association with Boss, we're looking at guitar effects.

Once you've got your initial guitar and amp rig sorted, the next step is usually to invest in your first effects pedals. From delay, reverb and drive pedals, to multi effects units and loopers, it can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing when presented with the dazzling array of stompboxes and accessories at your local guitar shop or online retailer. That's where we come in.

In this series we'll talk you through what guitar effects are, how they work, the types available and what they sound like. We'll also delve into signal chain and pedal boards and introduce you to your amp's effects loop.

Overall we'll keep it clear, simple and jargon free, and help kickstart you on the path to finding your own signature guitar sound.

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Introduction to guitar pedals and effects

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTnC4iXbepo

Overdrive, distortion, boost and fuzz pedals explained

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQXaCFr8ePU

Delay guitar effects pedals explained

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDS4I8uC7CM

Reverb guitar effects pedals explained

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO5CKQ5iTeY

How to set up a pedal board for your guitar effects

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWtfcF7SKFI

Chorus, tremolo, phaser and flange guitar effects pedals

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpHA8hoc9SU

Octave and pitch guitar effects explained

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PbssxKJXjQ

An introduction to the loop pedal for guitar

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH6wP9s8EBc

An introduction to guitar multi effects

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lp-vaIVRcY

How does the guitar effects loop work?

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhCz6c4bXo

New to guitar? Check out the MusicRadar Basics electric guitar series, guiding you through everything you need to know to get started, from types of guitar and amps explained, to tuning and how to use a capo.