On this page you can find our guitar effects collection. Here at Max Guitar we stock lots of great effect pedals in all price ranges. Guitar effect pedals are a really great way to tailor your tone to your own preferences. Gain based effects like fuzz, overdrive and distortion can add overdriven sounds to amps that don’t have an overdrive channel. They can also offer you an alternative overdrive sound if your amp already has an overdrive channel. Delays and reverbs are a great way to add some ambience to your sound. And modulation effects will help you obtain classic phasing and chorused tones like Eddie van Halen’s or Andy Summers’. We carry lots of amazing guitar effects from Boss, JHS, MXR, Dunlop, Way Huge, TC Electronic, Digitech, Chase Bliss, Death by Audio, Neunaber, Earthquaker Devices, Caroline, Catalinbread, J. Rockett, Strymon and Mad Professor. Take a look at our collection below.
Boost, Distortion, Fuzz & Overdrive
Boost, Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz are the most common type of guitar effects. They increase the amount of gain to achieve a saturated tone. The mildest one is the boost. It adds either gain or volume depending on its placement in the signal chain. Next is the overdrive pedal. Overdrive can be used as a main source to create a saturated sound. It is known as the smoothest and most pleasing type of saturation. Distortion is a similar effect but it has more gain and is heavier sounding. Fuzz takes things even further and creates an extremely saturated but rich sound that is often associated with Jimi Hendrix.
Delay & Reverb
Delay and reverb are time based effects. They are often used to add ambience to your sound. A dry guitar sound can often be very direct and in your face. When this is the case a little delay or reverb can really help to smoothen your sound and add some dimension. Delay simply repeats the notes you play but decreases the volume with every repeat. Reverb can be seen like a very short delay that makes the sound ‘hang’ in the room for a while. Aside from adding ambience, delay and reverb are can also be used for soundscape type shimmer sounds and swells.
Chorus is one of the most popular types of modulation effects. Most people see chorus as the sound of the 80′s, which it is but it is also much more! For example a very subtle chorus works great to make dirty guitar sounds more complex, or it can also bring acoustic guitars to life! Another great way to use chorus is by turning the speed up high for a faux Leslie effect. This is a trick Mike Landau uses a lot. The chorusing effect is created by blending a slightly delayed version of your guitar signal with the original guitar signal that isn’t delayed. The chorusing effect occurs when modulating the delay time of the delayed sound slightly.
Tremolo & Vibrato
Tremolo and Vibrato are some of the first guitar effects that were ever invented. Tremolo and vibrato are terms that are often incorrectly interchanged. Funnily enough the confusion between the two terms was mostly created by Fender, who used the terms incorrectly. The difference between the tremolo and vibrato is that tremolo is created by repeatedly lowering and increasing volume. While vibrato is created by repeatedly raising and lowering the pitch of a note or group of notes. Both effects were commonly seen on guitar amplifiers back in the 50′s and 60′s. Nowadays the tremolo and vibrato effects are also commonly available in stomp box format.
Flanger & Phaser
Phaser and Flanger are some of the coolest modulation effects out there. The first player that probably comes to mind when you think of these effects is Eddie van Halen. Eddie just used both of these in such a tasteful way! Both effects are quite similar to each other in terms of sound. They also operate in a similar way. They both cancel out frequencies by playing back a delayed version of the sound against the dry sound. Generally speaking, phasing sounds a little more subtle while flanging gives a more obvious whooshing sound.
Wah & Volume
Depending on where they are placed in the signal chain, volume pedals are a great way to control your guitar’s dynamics or your overall volume while your hands are busy. Another great use for a volume pedal is to combine it with a delay for volume swells. A lot of volume pedals also have an expression jack that can be used either as a tuner out or to turn the pedal into an expression pedal. Wah is probably one of the most iconic guitar effects ever made, it barely needs any explanation. If you want to play a face melting solo, which pedal do you kick in? Exactly, your wah! Also, who hasn’t heard Voodoo Child?
Looper pedals allow you to layer guitar tracks over each other. These tracks keep repeating themselves in a loop (hence the name, looper). This allows you to create your own backing track as you go. This is an ideal solution for guitarists who play on their own, at home for example but also live on stage. You can use a looper to create an impressive one man show, or you can incorporate the looper into a band to make it sound like more guitars than there actually are. We at Max Guitar sell a variety of looper pedals with very clever features to help you make your music better than ever!
In these categories you’ll find switchers, equalizers, pitch based effects, foot switches, noise gates etc… Feel free to browse around, we are sure you’ll find something you’ll love with in here!