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Once you’ve played guitar for a while you might start to think about buying yourself more equipment to enhance your aural vocabulary. Obviously electric guitar players have an amp already, the same goes for electro-acoustic players. A popular choice and the next good investment to make, is often an effects unit. Whether it’s for playing live, playing at home either recording or just for pleasure, one of these boxes, in particular one with reverberation, is a great way to improve your guitars tone. Choosing a piece of equipment might seem difficult at first, but with a bit of research finding the best one for you should not take too long. There are several well-known manufacturers of these bad boys, so sticking with the established brands is often the best way to go.
A common question is whether to buy a pedal or a more expensive amp with the built-in effect. Over the past few years the digital technology has become more advanced and some of the best reverb pedals can reliably outperform or at least match these costly amplifiers. This effect effect can add a whole new layer to your music that’s compatible with almost any genre or style. It has become very popular to use it with an electric acoustic, adding extra depth to your instruments sound. A small level of it can be used at all times, while cranking it up for those epic moments in a song makes buying one of these even more worthwhile. Instead of very static sharp notes, it will blend these together a little more making the tone warmer and more complex.
In adding a whole new layer of sound to your instrument, it also adds and accentuates the emotion of the music. The key aspects of a good pedal are sometimes hard to spot. Perhaps the main concern with finding a good box is that the desired effect doesn’t go out of time, when this happens sound can go from amazing to terrible. Many units have a feature built-in to prevent this from happening, so checking the pedal your viewing to know if it will do this is important, however we will try to ensure that any products we list will feature this, and if not listed as a negative in the review. While the current trend is digital, many analogue options are still available and some players prefer these in their quest to find the perfect sound unique to them. We will review both types and offer our opinion to help you decide which type you would like.
Here's a nice little demo of the BOSS FRV-1 63' (one of our favorites)