Guitar Effects Pedals

There are so many guitar effects pedals on the market and it is hard to know what the difference is between them. Categorizing effects pedals has been difficult to find a consensus on how to do this. There are six common classifications: Dynamics, time based, tone, filter, pitch/frequency, and feedback/sustain. This article will focus on the Dynamics Classification and the Tone Classification.

Dynamics Classification: Clean Boost/Volume Pedal, Compressor Pedal, microphone amplifier.

Clean Boost/Volume Pedal; Amplifies the volume of an instrument by increasing some aspect of its electrical signal output. These types of effects are usually used for “boosting” volume during solos and preventing signal loss in long “effects chains”
Examples: Fender Volume pedal, Dunlop MXR Amp effect, Visual Sound True Tone Clean Boost

Compressor Pedals; stabalize volume and smooths a note by dampening its onset and amplifying its sustain. Compression is achieved by varying the strength of a signal to ensure volume stays within a specific dynamic range.
Examples: Dunlop’s MXR custom Comp pedal, Erockson Compressor/Sustain pedal, Boss CS-3, Aguilar TLC Compressor, BBE Benchpress pedal.

Microphone Preamplifier or “preamp”; Increases a microphones low voltage output to levels that can be picked up and used by equipment such as mixing consoles and headphones.

Tone Classification: Distortion, Overdrive, Fuzz, Lo-Fi

Distortion and Overdrive; distort the tone by adding “overtones” creating different sounds such as “warm” “dirty” “gritty” types. Distortion effects produce the same amount of distortion at any volume. Overdrive units produce “clean” sounds at a lower volume and distorted sounds at louder volumes.

Examples: BBE GreenScreamer, Dunlop MXR Distortion III, MXR custom GT overdrive, Dunlop Zakk Wylde Overdrive Pedal, BOSS Bass Overdrive, Pigtronix Aria Distortion pedal, Pigtronix Disnortion, Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde Ultimate Overdrive, and Route 66 American Overdrive.

Fuzz Pedal or ” Fuzzbox”; A type of overdrive pedal that clips a sound-wave until it is nearly a square wave resulting in a heavily distorted or “fuzzy” sound. The Rolling Stones greatly popularized the use of fuzz effects.
Examples: Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, Visual Sound Angry Fuzz Octave, Boss Fuzz, Dunlop MXR Blue Box Octave Fuzz.

Lo-Fi Effects; Emulate the hiss, static and poor tone quality of vintage and analog electronic equipment.

Boost, Compression, Distortion and Fuzz are the most popular class of effects. Usually, if a guitarist only owns one pedal, it is one of these. Many musicians have several of these types and use two or three at a time to get the many different sounds that make music so wonderful!

What type of music uses these kinds of effects? Let me just say that all types of music uses all of these or some of these effects. Turn your favorite radio station on or listen to you favorite downloads, and I’m sure you will hear some of the above listed effects. They are the fabric of our music that we have listened to for so many years.

Next time you listen to your favorite music, try and pick out the fuzz, distortion, overdrive, Lo-Fi. Then, think how that music would sound without those effects. Totally different, we would have a hard time recognizing it!

I have a passion for music and love the effects that are placed into music, especially Distortion .We feature a great selection of the best guitar pedal power supply products on the market in a broad range of prices to accommodate any budget guidelines you may possibly have. For all your guitar effects needs visit


Product Description


Universal Effects Pedal Floor Board with 9 V DC Power Supply and Patch Cables

  • Ultra-compact and lightweight pedal board for transporting up to 6 effects pedals, including patch cables
  • Generous 1.7 A power adapter included for powering more than 12 devices* – includes 1 x 6 daisy-chain cabling
  • Ultra-rigid plastic design withstands even heavy impact
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

When effects are an integral part of your rig, their power adapters and patch cables can often be the most vulnerable part, and the most likely to sabotage your set if they’re not pampered. Rather than tossing your pedals, power adapters and all other cabling into a duffel bag after a gig, keep them safe – and ready to rock at a moment’s notice – with the PB600.

It’s All About Connections

This awesome pedal board makes hooking up six 2.5″ x 4.5″ pedals as easy as hooking up just one (of course, if you’re using pedals that aren’t 2.5″ x 4.5″, the snug foam padding can be cut to accommodate pedals of varying shapes). The PB600 includes 1/4″ patch cables, so you can leave your pedals connected to one another, ready to pass signal even when you’re transporting them. It also comes with 1 x 6 daisy chain cabling so that when you plug in the 1.7 A power adapter, all your pedals receive power. Meanwhile, all cabling remains safe and free of strain. Failure is almost guaranteed when you’re dealing with a rat’s nest of loose cabling, but with the PB600, your effects chain is always safe and organized.

Connect your guitar, bass or keyboard to the single 1/4″ input in the upper right corner of the board. A pair of 1/4″ FROM EFFECTS jacks in the upper left corner allow you to connect stereo effects, and two 1/4″ OUTPUT TO AMP jacks send a left and right stereo signal to up to two amps.

When it’s time to load out, just unplug the power supply, disconnect your guitar and amp, put the lid back on the PB600 and slide the locking latches back into place. The heavyimpact plastic casing will protect your pedals from the very worst dings, scrapes and scratches the road throws your way.

Price: $99.99

  • Ultra-compact and lightweight pedal board for transporting up to 6 effects pedals, including patch cables
  • Generous 1.7 A power adapter included for powering more than 12 devices*-includes 1 x 6 daisy-chain cabling
  • Ultra-rigid plastic design withstands even heavy impact
  • 3-Year Warranty Program**
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany


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