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October 31, 2017

How To Replace Your Guitar Tuners

guitar being tuned outside

While every part of the guitar is vital, one of the most important parts of the guitar is the tuning machine. The tuning machine affects how you sound. You may end up producing flat music or off pitch music. No one wants that. The problem is, whenever any part of the tuning machine cracks or is need of repair, it always costs a hefty sum to take the guitar to a repair shop to get the tuners replaced. Fortunately, here at Reverb Pedal Guide we know a way you could replace your own tuners comfortably and at a less costly rate from home.


Understanding the Reasons Why You Need To Replace Your Guitar Tuners

  • To do so, you have to understand what it is that causes the need for the replacement of the tuners. There are two main causes to this:
  • Worn out gears that wear out due to immense string tension. The gears may be skipping teeth or fail to grip one another properly. In this case, the tuners have to be replaced entirely.

The other reason is the tuning buttons. The tuning buttons may be cracked. This may be caused by high humidity that makes the particular material of the tuning keys shrink. Materials such as celluloid and plastic tend to do that. The strings may not be tightly wound around the post of the tuning peg. Another reason may be that the tuning pegs are not properly attached to the headstock.

Replacing machine heads is a much easier process than one may think. It involves a few simple steps that will barely cost you.


Step 1: Unstringing the strings

You cannot begin any work on the tuners before completely unstringing the strings of your guitar. This involves loosening the tension on the strings until you can pull them out or even nip them.

Step 2: Unscrewing the machine heads

While unscrewing the machine heads, it is very important that the screwdriver you use coincides with the screws you are unscrewing. But even after this step, the machine head will still not come out.

Step 3: Removing the bushing

The challenge with removing the bushing is that they come in various types. A bushing with a nut and a washer would require that you remove both before removing the machine head. Tuners with such bushings are referred to as sealed tuners.

Then there are press fit bushings that are pressed into the peghead using a hydraulic press. Some people call them vintage tuners. They are held in place by friction. For this reason, they have to be removed safely or they might ruin the varnish of the headstock.

The safest method of removing them is to press them out. A simple wood block that has been drilled to have the same diameter as the bushing is used. It is placed over the bushing and a dowel is used to press it up and out. If the bushings are too tight using a C-clamp is advisable.

Step 4: Buying new machine heads

It is of the utmost importance that you buy machine heads that are exactly the same as the ones you previously had. Any modifications will only devalue your guitar especially the older models. Remember, the devil is in the details. You might find machine heads that look exactly the same but the post height, which is a crucial part of the tuning peg is different.

Step 5: Installing the new machine heads

As long as the new machine heads are the exact replica of the previous ones, then this step is the easiest to follow. Literally, do the opposite of all the steps that you just followed.


What Do You Do If You Cannot Find Identical Tuners To The Previous Ones?

This may very well happen or you would simply want to upgrade your guitar. There are a few considerations that should be made before taking these steps. These include the following:


  • How accessible will the string hole be?


It is very important that the string hole to be above the face of the peghead and the top of the nut. It should stick out.


  • Will you have to enlarge the size of the peghead holes?


It may be necessary to do so, especially if the diameter of the new string post is larger than the previous one.


  • Where the holes for the mounting screw holes will be placed


The old holes for the mounting screws may have to be filled and new ones drilled.


  • What will be the distance between each tuning peg?


This will be determined by measuring the length of the peghead and calculating at what distance each tuning peg would need to be from the other, so as not to hit each other when adjusted.


  • Gear ratio


This is the number of times the tuning knob will make a rotation of 360° to one turn of the string post. For example with a ratio of 15:1, the tuning knob will rotate fifteen times to each rotation of the string post. The higher the ratio, the more precisely strings can be tuned but too high a ratio is not necessarily a good thing.


How Do You Tune Your Guitar?

Now that your guitar’s tuner is fixed, it’s now time to get on to the next step and this is tuning your own guitar. If your tuners are in tip-top condition, your guitar may still be out of tune and can make delay sound really bad. How then do you tune your guitar?

Step 1: Have a tuning instrument. This can be an app that can easily be found online, a pitch pipe, pitch fork or even the piano. Use whichever instruments suit you to tune the lower E string.

Step 2: Go to the fifth fret of the lower E string, which is an A note. Your fifth string is an open A string and so it should sound exactly like the note on the fifth fret of the E string. Adjust your tuner pegs accordingly, loosening it means the pitch goes lower while tightening it means the pitch goes higher.

Step 3: The fifth fret of the A string is the D note. The open D string should sound exactly the same as the D note on the A string.

Step 4: The fifth string of the D string is a G note. The open G string should sound exactly like the fifth fret of the D string.

Step 5: The fourth fret of the G string is where the B note is. The fourth fret of the G string should match with the open B string.

Step 6: Finally, you can tune the thickest E string by matching the fifth fret of the B string which is the E note with the open E string.

After you are done, it is important to try and tune again. This will help you fine tune.

At the end of it, your tuners will be in good shape and so will be your pitch.  Whether you produce good music or not is up to you.


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October 3, 2017

Important Things Beginner Guitar Players Should Learn

Now that you want to learn how to play guitar, where do you start and what are some of the things that beginner guitarist should know? Playing guitar is similar to other skills, and you have to start from the beginning so that you can master everything that is required.

If you want to succeed in playing guitar, you need to master all the basic skills and this will give you a good foundation. I have given you a list of ten things that any beginner guitar player should know. Once you get all the points in your fingertips, then you are ready to continue playing your instrument to perfection.

Understand Guitar Anatomy

There is no way you will play guitar if you do not know the anatomy of your guitar. You should have all the details on everything and what they do. Familiarize yourself with different parts of your guitar from the bridge to the headstock, and this can take you some time. Whether you are playing acoustic guitar or electric guitar, understand everything fully and how they work, and this will give you a simple time when you are training.

Holding Your Guitar

You need to hold your guitar the right way if you want to get the best sound. If you are using your guitar for the first time, you may feel lost on how to do it right. Practice holding your guitar by keeping your left hand on the neck and the right hand over the sound hole so that you can get the best sound from your instrument.

What if you are left-handed how should you hold your guitar? You can flip the strings of your guitar around, and this means reversing the strings completely. Then you need to hold your guitar with your right hand on the neck. Another solution for you is to flip the guitar over without necessary restringing.

How To Hold A Pick

There are players whole prefer playing their guitar without a pick.  However, if you are beginner player, it is great if you start learning with your pick until you can now use your hands effectively. You need to know how to hold your pick in the right way. Always place your pick between the tip of your finger and the thumb. You can also find a comfortable way of holding it depending on how you would love to do it.

Pick are available in different styles ranging from thick to thin. It is great if you start with a thinner pick because they are easy to use for beginners. Because picks are easy to lose, buy a couple they are cheap so that you will not feel stranded when you lose one.

Know How To Re-String A Guitar

After playing your guitar for some time, the strings can lose luster, and this is evident when they get discolored making the guitar very hard to tune. If you know how to replace the strings of your guitar, you will always be sure of the best sound from your instrument.

You can visit your local guitar shop to get more information on how to change the strings of your guitar.

Reading Tabs And Chords

The process is simple, and beginner guitar player will master with ease. You need to know what strings you press and with which fingers. One of the simplest tricks on learning how to play guitar and chords is learning simple songs like bad moon rising. Things like reverb pedals can help improve the sounds of these.

Exercising Your Fingers

Most beginner players are faced with the challenge of finger pain when learning to play guitar. This is normal to experience pain on your fingers or hand because of stretching it out. Your muscles have not developed so that they will get fatigued easily. Finger exercise can greatly help you play your guitar in the best way possible without even feeling the pain.

Strumming Patterns

It makes no sense if you have the chords and there are no rhythms to combine them. Strumming might seem tough but can get through this. You can begin practicing the rhythms with just one chord and then head over to pairs of chords. As you practice, you will find it simple to learn and invent rhythm styles.

Playing Open Chords And Power Chords

In simple terms, open chords are the chords that do not have all the strings pressed down. This is a vital thing that beginner guitar player should learn. Do not be in a hurry when you are learning how to play your guitar. Begin with open chords like G and then strum the guitar to ensure that you hear a clear chord. When you have known a single chord, go on to the next and practice until it is easy to transition between the two chords.

Power chords are specifically used in rock music. You just need two or three fingers on the frets, and this is fun and simple to play when you are learning how to play your instrument.

Playing Guitar Songs

You should pick the best song because it will be the first one you will play on your guitar. Look for a song that has two or three chords. You can begin by learning the chords in the song individually. The next step to learn is transitioning between the chords, and once you are confident enough, you can try singing the lyrics.

Final Words

As a starter, do not just pick your guitar and begin playing. There are a lot that you need to master so that you can get the best performance and sound from your guitar. If you learn all those tips that I have outlined above, then you can be sure of having no problem when you are playing.

These tips will help any beginner guitar player in the learning process. Many beginners find it tough to play their guitar simple because they did not master all that is required for newbie’s. To avoid such trouble, learn and practice all that is required, and you will become a pro.


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October 2, 2017

8 Best Overdrive Pedal Reviews – [That you NEED to try]

The flexibility of overdrive pedals is one of the things that makes them unique. They can be used to drive up the input of an amp, provide an overdrive effect as well as to support a dirt pedal. This versatility has made it a stable among pedalboards forcing manufacturers to create all kinds of overdrive pedals. To help you narrow down your choice, we have profiled a list of the best overdrive pedals that are worthy of your time and money.

ModelEditor RatingPrice 
1. Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive
4.7 $$
2. Fulltone Fulldrive2 MOSFET Overdrive Boost
4.7 $$
3. Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
4.7 $$
4. Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Effects Pedal
4.7 $$
5. MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion
4.7 $$
6. Xotic EP Booster Mini EQ Effect Pedal
4.7 $$
7. Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion/Fuzz/Overdrive Pedal
4.7 $$
8. Wampler Decibel Plus Signal Buffer and Boost Guitar Pedal
4.7 $$

Things to consider before buying an overdrive pedal

1. Cost

Overdrive pedals are quite affordable save for some few boutique models that are very expensive.Those who are quite picky about what they listen to and the transparency in their sound will be willing to invest in the more expensive units. Others will find the affordable ones to be just as effective

2. Voice Shaping

One thing about classic overdrive pedals is their emphasis on the mids which affords your sound the opportunity to cut through the mix better. Modern overdrive pedals offer up more control so you can control the final sound with their corresponding EQ knobs as well as use compression settings where it's deemed necessary.

3. Size

The size of the overdrive pedal as well as the pedalboard space are factors that you should consider before you buy an overdrive pedal. The board is a dwindling resource and if yours is already full, you will need to expand it or remove some gear from it.

The Best Overdrive Pedals

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The Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive uses a unique multi-stage circuit that can achieve a dynamic feeling similar to what you get on high-grade tube amps. The Obsessive Compulsive Drive is for those who are obsessed with their tone.

Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive

It allows you to adjust the output volume, dial in the gain as well as find the tonal balance that you need. It gives the guitarist a lot of freedom and flexibility to achieve what they need. There is a High and Low Peak mode (HP/LP) which adds to the resulting sound that you crave for. The High-Peak offers increased distortion with a low-end rendition of your sound. While the Low-Peak mode offers a more accurate rendition of your sound but the tone's coloration won't be as you expect.

We tested this overdrive pedal some days back using volume controls at 10 o'clock with a tone at noon. When we switched the HP/LP settings to Low-Peak, we were able to hit a classic rock rhythm territory. Increasing the volume controls a little notch gave an astounding headroom. There was a bit of dynamic and smooth saturation to the sound it produced.

This pedal can produce searing tones with depth and range not found in other high-end overdrive pedals. It is versatile, has a great sustain and it can rip some shredding solos at will. All in all, we rate this pedal as one of the best and most dynamic overdrive pedals.

It will bring your sound to life. From country to rock and blues, you will definitely find a use for the Fulltone OCD in your sound arsenal.

Things We Liked

  • ​Very amp-like tones

  • ​It has various tonal options (such as LP: Low Peak which results in Tweed-like, HP: High Peak which results in Marshall-like)

  • ​Creates uncompressed gain

  • ​It can produce different tones based on the voltage of power its run through

  • It is quite responsive

Things We Didn't Like

  • Extremely overpriced
  • Terrible instructions, not easy to set up
  • Weak, ineffective remote use



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    Among pro guitarists and enthusisast, the Fultone Fulldrive 2 is sort of an indusry standard when it comes to overdrives. It's even the top pick in most magazines. It is user friendly and versatile with options to create great sounds. The MOSFET is an upgrade to the other models with some improvements.

    Fulltone Fulldrive2 MOSFET Overdrive Boost

    The Fulldrive Fulltone MOSFET is a pretty flexible pedal that can get you different sounds with the CompCut/Vintage/FM switch as well as the booster with the MOSFET/Standard switch

    We like the Fulltone MOSFET Overdrive for the amount of control it affords the guitarists. You can control the volume, tone, overdrive as well as toggle switches when you want. The first toggle switch can control the modes of overdrives from Compression Cut, Flat Minds to Vintage. The second toggle switch can change the settings from Mosfet to Standard. This overdrive pedal works with both a 9V battery or a 9V DC power supply. The LED light indicates different light based on the actions being performed. You will quickly notice a bright LED light flick on, which shows status; when the boost is engaged, a red LED is shown.

    The Fulldrive 2 like other overdrives featured in our best overdrive pedals controls the overall output level of the pedal. The volume knob offers a lot of functions that are quite interesting. The output of the pedal can be controlled by turning the knob clockwise - which increases the output. This knob can also be used for moving from one overdrive setting to another. The tone knob is seen as a presence control by some professionals s it can change the total output of the pedal while still affecting the treble frequencies. It also controls the amount of gain in the path of the pedal. While it is true that the Fulldrive 2 has a significant amount of gain on tap, it also cleans up well and performs nicely.

    Things We Liked

    • Quite affordable

    • ​Has a sturdy construction that won’t break

    • ​This pedal is very versatile and produces a clean boost

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​You can't use boost channel without drive channel.

    • ​You need a noise gate when stacking with other OD/Dist

    • ​It has to run on 18V power to maximize its full benefits



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    The Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive is an industry standard that has a wide appeal that has been popular for decades. Its appeal is simple and interesting. The Boss SD is inexpensive has a nice overdrive tone that uses asymmetrical clipping which is the pedal giving the natural overdriven sound that most people love to hear.

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    This overdrive pedal which weighs less than 15 ounces can produce a simple slight overdrive perfect for Sunday worship service as well as swing it to rock n roll rhythm.

    One of the features that make the Boss SD-1 a standout performer is the large footswitch.

    This is a change compared to the previous models that had a tiny knob which wasn't' easy to use at venues or events with low lighting situation. The footswitch on this pedal takes up half the real estate making it easy to stomp hard and play without trying to aim every time you want to switch.

    This pedal also makes it easy to get your tone through any amount of effect that you have on a chain. An effective and powerful way of using this overdrive pedal is by pairing two quantities in your chain to get a high gain out of your tube amp.

    The tones that will come out of this pedal will both shock and astound you, with the volume knobs placed slightly above 12 o'clock, you will get a mix of metal or hard rock. Fitted with the basic tube screamer controls, a metal chassis, and a responsive stomp switch. This overdrive pedal is a quintessential pedal for creating the best crunch sound

    Things We Liked

    • ​Produces great tone and a smooth saturation

    • ​Quite affordable

    • ​It doesn't take up much pedalboard space

    • ​Has a rubber foot that makes it comfortable to use

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​It doesn't have a buffered Bypass which results in meddling with the signal it passes through even when the pedal is not activated

    • LED light is not strong enough



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    The Maxon Reissue Series OD808 Overdrive is known as the tone that made Stevie Ray Vaughan famous. It's a tube-amp overdrive simulator that reduces noise levels while keeping the legendary "808" tone that made it famous. This overdrive pedal comes in a warm, creamy organic design. When you need to push an overdriven amp over the edge, the OD808 is the best candidate for this.

    Maxon Reissue Series OD808 Overdrive

    The Maxon Reissue OD808 comes with mild compression and a slight low-end cut that works well for tightening up high gain amps. There are several guitars that you can use this overdrive pedal on including the Epiphone LP Custom Pro and Ibanez RG1570 Prestige. It adds a new element to each instrument it’s added to it. The OD808 produces a great natural sound that accents your tonal amps even when it can overdub them on its own.

    Using overdrive pedals can be tricky, if your effect is way higher than is needed, then your natural tone will be replaced with a gross lame line of distortion and if the effect is too gentle, it will sound like the amp is cramped up. In spite of all these, the controls are simple, with a long range that will astonish you. If you pair it up with other gear like a Telecaster, you will produce a sound that will shake your walls.

    Things We Liked

    • ​It is smaller and has a lighter enclosure

    • ​Quite affordable

    • ​Has a reliable plunger type switch

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​You have to buy the power supply separately

    • Some users complained about the difficulty in using the on/off switch



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    The MXR M75 Super Badass® Distortion is an upgrade from the M78 custom Badass Distortion). This overdrive pedal has everything set to 12 o'clock firmly in the British distortion camp.

    MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion

    It has a gain range that is quite impressive with three-quarters on the distortion knob yielding a chunky growl that will make the biggest rock enthusiast drool. There is a three band EQ that can be employed to increase the Mids.

    When it comes to boosting, moderate drive, hard rock and old school metal, the MXR M75 can do it with utmost ease. It is fitted with three potentiometers which give a variety of amazing sound possibilities that you won't probably find elsewhere.

    This overdrive pedal has a versatile sound with an amazing distortion with great EQ controls. The flexible 3-band EQ with its impressive low noise levels and touch sensitivity can shape and color the output from mellow to metal leads. This Badass pedal can help get an extra kick from the high-gain amp as well.

    The M75 can move from Low-gain to High-gain as well as from classic rock to metallic music. The sound doesn't screech when it comes out. You can add this to a pedal board to vary distortion tones. It holds its own and does everything the guys at MXR say it will do. It works great for recording in the studio as well as playing live.

    It is worth noting that the MXR M75 Super Badass® Distortion sounded different with the different combination of guitars and amps which mean it enhances the sound of your gear. It won't dramatically tear it down but the downside to that is you will need to try it out with your rig to be sure it can produce the kind of sound you want and be a perfect match.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Very versatile distortion pedal

    • ​It works quietly and has a very flexible EQ

    • ​Can be paired with combos and stacks

    • ​Touch sensitive

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​Does not sound good with certain amps

    • Available tones have a trace of modern distortion color



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    The Xotic EP Booster Mini EQ Effect Pedal was created as a go-between for a traditional electric guitar and a tube amp. This overdrive pedal features up to +20db discrete FET design clean boost for the sound, an internal +3db dip switch for adjusting the minimum boost level and True Bypass for eliminating signal interference. At the underside panel on the Xotic, you will find a slot for a 9V battery and two DIP switches which influence the character of the pedal.

    Xotic EP Booster Mini EQ Effect Pedal

    When this pedal comes into view, the first thing you notice about the Xotic EP Booster Mini EQ Effect Pedal is its size. It is really small. It can fit easily into the overcrowded pedal boards.

    It comes with only one footswitch, a bright blue LED, and a single knob is placed on the front panel even though it has more options for the tone lying inside the pedal.

    When you use this overdrive pedal, you will notice a certain coloration to your tone, but this pedal can do so much more. You can also use this for a transparent clean boost. It features a 20db discrete FET design clean boost for the sound.

    This is applicable either when running your EP booster to overdrive them or to enlarge them. The two available DIP switches make this unique as you get a Bass Boost switch and a Bright switch. Both of them were created to bring out a mellower side to the Xotic EP Booster Mini EQ Effect Pedal

    It can be difficult to accurately describe the feeling you get from the sounds produced by the EP. Any tone obsessed guitarist will find the tones attractive to their ears. This overdrive pedal adds magic to your tone. If you turn this pedal on, your amp will get louder even on its lowest settings.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Can be used for any genre of music

    • Features a 20db discrete FET design clean boost for the sound

    • The EP booster can enlarge and clean things up afterward

    • It adds fullness to your sound

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​This pedal can be a bit too aggressive and noisy

    • Doesn't work well in distortion channels



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    The Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion/Fuzz/Overdrive Pedal is a simple overdrive pedal meant for those who like their sound simple. Most overdrive pedals work best when paired with a valve amp, so if you already have a solid amp, this may not be suitable for you.

    Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion/Fuzz/Overdrive Pedal

    We found it easy to use and needing less work moving around the settings. If you keep the DRIVE knob low and adjust the TREBLE and VOLUME knobs, it will give your clean tone a boost to drive your valve amp. The TREBLE tone acts a bit like a tone control in this model and it can give a very heavy tone unless you roll it back often to get that bassier tone.

    The EHX Soul Food comes with a ton of features such as three knobs for volume, drive, and treble. These are the basic controls you should expect on an overdrive pedal with the treble control being a great addition whose usefulness could come in handy.

    Another feature that made us include this pedal in our list of the best overdrive pedals is the True Bypass or Buffered Mode. There is an internal switch within the pedal ( you won't be changing this often) that allows you to change the mode the pedal operates in - whether in True Bypass or Buffered Mode.

    The source of power for this powerful overdrive pedal is a 9.6DC-200 power supply (which is included in the box) or a 9V battery. It is quite common to buy an overdrive pedal only to realize that there is nothing to power it, the EHX Soul Food comes with a power supply. Alternatively, you can also run it on a 9V battery for added flexibility.

    The Soul Food is often referred to as the 'transparent' drive because it allows you to retain the general feel of your tone. It doesn't dramatically change your tone by rolling off the high and low frequencies or by giving the wrong mid frequencies a big boost. It enhances the tone. It doesn't dramatically change it.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Comes with a Power Supply

    • ​Allows you to switch between true bypass or buffered mode

    • ​Very affordable

    • ​Can work with a booster

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​No separate bass and treble control

    • Could lead to too much mid-range when the overdrive level is increased

    • This pedal cuts low end out of the tone



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    The Wampler Decibel Plus Signal Buffer and Boost Guitar Pedal is made in the USA. It is made up of quality capacitors picked for an effective and superior sound quality. This overdrive pedal works with a 9V battery connection and 9V power jack.

    Wampler Decibel Plus Signal Buffer and Boost Guitar Pedal

    This pedal provides the added power and buffered response for other pedals on your pedalboard to work with. It also help on working on loss of impedance in the pedal board.

    Things We Liked

    Things We Didn't Like



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    August 3, 2017

    The 8 Best Octave Pedal Reviews 2017 – [Ultimate Buying Guide]

    The best octave pedal can help you create notes in a different octave than the one you're playing

    Octave pedals create a special effect which mixes with the input signal with the synthesized signal from the pedal at an octave that is either higher or lower t it. The best octave pedal will add an octave that is below or above the pitch that you're currently playing.

    ModelEditor RatingPrice 
    1. DigiTech Whammyv-01 Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal
    4.7 $$
    2. Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal
    4.7 $$
    3. Electro-Harmonix Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal
    4.7 $$
    4. Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Effects Pedal
    4.7 $$
    5. Boss OC-3 Dual Super Octave Pedal
    4.7 $$
    6. Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave Guitar Single Effect
    4.7 $$
    7. TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive Compression Effect Pedal
    4.7 $$
    8. Joyo JF-12 Voodoo Octava Guitar Pedal
    4.7 $$

    Things to consider before buying an octave pedal

    1. Strength of the octaves

    One thing that you need to consider before buying an octave pedal is on how flexible it is for you to adjust the strength of the octaves. Ideally, you will want a pedal that allows you to have the octave up and another one down, at the barest minimum. Plus, having separate controls for each one allows you to choose which one will be more prominent for your guitar's voice through the octave pedal.

    2. Pitch intervals

    An interval is a difference between two pitches and it could be horizontal, linear or melodic. Some pedals will give you the next octave (either up or down) while other swill let you pick how far your pitch can be shifted and in what direction.

    3. Speed

    Unless you go for a very vintage octave pedal, you shouldn't have a problem with how fast you can play and still have the pedal keep up with you.

    The Best Octave Pedals

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    When you're in search of that classic whammy sound that has a broad range of harmonizing capabilities, look no further than the DigiTech Whammyv-01 Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal. This octave pedal has a built-in expression pedal that is perfect for selecting harmony intervals. It can also offer guitarist a classic pitch shifting in their sound and raised tuning. With this octave pedal, you don't have to change your guitars or pause in the middle of a jamming session to modify your tuning or make adjustments to your song. Everything can be done from the tip of your toes.

    DigiTech Whammyv-01 Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal

    On the left side of this octave pedal is a range of LEDs for different whammy settings. You can set it on octave higher, fifth higher or lower. The idea behind these buttons is that when the Whammy is in position, your signal will remain untouched. As you roll it forward, it will bend the chords up or down based on the settings you choose.

    A lot of guitarists who buy this pedal also compliment it for its 9 harmony settings. They create a harmony on top of your signal instead of bending the signal up or down. This allows you to set the pedal in heel position so you can play a harmony at an octave lower at first, then as you roll your toe on the pedal, the harmony will glide up until it reaches the higher octave that you require.

    With the DigiTech Whammyv-01 Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal, you can quickly create all kinds of effects during a performance at the bar or in front of a sold-out audience with a little footswitch.

    It features drop or raised tuning by 7 half steps or the entire octave, the Whammy voicings. The only downside to this octave pedal is the size. Measuring a massive 6.5 inches wide, this pedal might cramp up your pedal board and make it difficult to use other gear in your arsenal.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Has a dramatic pull-off effect

    • ​Easily drop or raise tuning by 7 half steps or an entire octave

    • ​Can handle simple and complex polyphonic chords with ease

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​It will cramp up your pedal board

    • Changes your tone gently



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    The Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal made superb pitch shifting in an octave pedal easy to run. It has an easy but effective pitch shifting and generating effects. When you want to change your sound to give it that 'whammy effects', this pitch fork offers the best tuning, drop tuning and even transposing. Even though it is tough to transpose the open notes when playing in the open position, an octave pedal like the Electro-Harmonix simplifies things for you and gets the job done.

    Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal

    This octave pedal from Electro-Harmonix features a high quality buffered bypass. Having an octave pedal that has a true bypass means the mechanical on/off footswitch connects the input jack to the output socket such that when the pedal is used, it will bypass the input-to-output connection so your tone will sound exactly the same way it would if the sound was plugged directly into your amp.

    One of the reasons why this Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal is so easy to use and widely accepted is its ability to transpose pitch over a three-octave up and down range. It has this insane ability to generate subtly detuned effects, bass and 12-string emulations that transform your 6-string guitar and mutant textures that will make your audience beg for more.

    Other features from the Electro-Harmonix pitchfork includes a three pitch shift mode that allows you to go up, down as well as dual (using both), a latch and momentary mode that has an effect on how the EXP input behave.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Offers a lot of features without skimping on sound quality

    • ​Affordable price

    • ​Great for drop tuning or pitch transposing

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​Too much latency for some players

    • The pitch is affected as you step further from fundamental



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    The Electro-Harmonix Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal offers a tighter and faster tracking than the previous POG that have gone before it. We included this pedal in our list of the best octave pedal for the amount of control it affords us. There are three main controls that control the mix.The first knob controls your dry tone's level; the second controls the level of the tone and the third controls the level of the tone one octave higher.

    Electro-Harmonix Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

    This polyphonic octave generator will make a 6-string guitar sound like a 12-string guitar providing a richer, fuller and more robust sound particularly for some certain kind of genre or songs that you have wanted to jam.

    The Electro Harmonix Micro POG Octave Generator Pedal brings twice as much benefit to your 6-string guitar without the additional problems that come with owning a 12-string such as spending more money on replacement, difficulty in reaching certain chords or a heavier and thicker neck. It uses a 9.6 V 200MA power supply and does not have openings for an internal battery.

    This octave pedal also features fast tracking that produces glitch free polyphony using the sub octave controls as well as the dry and octave up controls. The sub-octave, when paired with the low end, can add lots of girth to your sound while the high octave can get as high to a singing guitar if adjusted well. This tool makes for fun to boot and it is a powerful addition to any pedalboard.

    There are also options for you to simulate a bass guitar as well using the DRY and OCTAVE UP knobs. You get this tune by turning them all the way down, then you turn the SUB OCTAVE knob up

    Things We Liked

    • ​Quiet and compact and stable

    • ​Can transform your 6-string guitar sound into a 12-string guitar

    • ​Three separate control knobs that allows you to adjust everything related to your dry tone, its level and the octave up.

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​The price is high compared to other products within its range

    • Missing tonal controls for voicings



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    Introduced in 2012, the Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Effects Pedal is a polyphonic organ emulator that gives you the flexibility needed to control your octave up, down, choir, lag, and tone and direct which gives you a smooth transition between one musical pitch to another.

    Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Effects Pedal

    Like most premium octave pedals, the Earthquake uses a combination of both analog and DSP circuitry to form a true bypass switching which allows you to send your guitar signal straight into the amp without routing it through the pedal's circuitry.

    The Organizer is quite intuitive, flexible and simple to use. This octave box has enough to induce reflexive sounds as well as knobs on the pedal to lower your octave- signal down. If a more complex sound is your thing that can be achieved when you use the choir knob. There is a way to get a slap back delay during jamming sessions through the lag control on the bottom row. The other two knobs (tone and direct) control the brightness of the signal that is sent out as well as the amount of dry and wet signal. This flexible octave pedal can be used on strings as well as on vocals synths to other instruments like horns and drums.

    We believe the Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator is a fun pedal for a demo. The up and down octave knobs work as expected and there is no gain or drive so you won't get any white noises.

    One of the major limitations that we noticed the moment we tried using this pedal is that it does not track rapid chord changes well, but we did find a fix, though. We consider the Earth Quaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Effects Pedal as one of the most practical pedals on the market and it surely deserves to be on the list of the best octave pedal for 2017. If you are looking for a pedal to buy this year, the EarthQuaker Organ should be top on your list.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Offers true bypass switching

    • Produces rich ambient tones

    • Flexible and easy to use

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​It's not as versatile as some other models within its price range

    • It lacks harmonizer capabilities

    • Flexible and easy to use



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    The Boss OC-3 Dual Super Octave Pedal doesn't promise rain and sunshine. It was created for one specific reason - extreme bass. It offers guitarist high-quality octave effects in one single stomp. While it is true that there are better octave pedals out there that can offer you a more versatile sound at the fraction of the price, but when you set out to achieve deep bass tones at 1 or 2 octaves below your original note, no one gets the job done as much as the Boss OC-3

    Boss OC-3 Dual Super Octave Pedal

    Initially released in 2003, as an upgrade to the OC-2, this octave pedal keeps the functionality of the OC-2 but it comes with something way much bigger. It comes with separate guitar and bass input as well as polyphonic capabilities allowing you to play multiple notes at the same time.

    The Boss OC-3 is also quite versatile. You can dial it in to affect a specific range of notes rather than the whole polyphonic notes. This allows users to play with all kinds of combination like using effect on only the first three strings for bass effects.

    It does take a little bit of fiddling with before you can get a hang of it, once you get a hang of it, the pedal will help fill out your sounds especially during solos when you're in a band.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Sturdy construction built for bands who tour a lot

    • ​Comes with an in-built distortion mode

    • ​Best pedal for getting extreme bass tones

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​Can't go up octave, only down octaves

    • Tracking is not smooth. You can only track one note at a time

    • Gets quite a glitch on the lower registers



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    The Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave Guitar Single Effect is a very affordable octave pedal that features 11 different octave settings, true bypass setting and blends controls for the dry, sub and upper octaves. While it is true that affordable pedals like the MOC1 won't offer everything that you want in a pedal, it is expedient to note that this pedal track chords well and it has a decent sound quality.

    Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave Guitar Single Effect

    The knobs in the mode dial cover all the bases you need but if you want a little more, you can use the three knobs to mix things a little bit by using the octave down, dry and up knobs to alter the effect of your sounds.

    The Mooer MOC1 pedal is an affordable pedal in a very small package. Pedals are getting smaller by the day and this is to allow for more foot space on the pedal board. The MOC1 comes with a set of 11 different octave modes. This pedal gets a lot of praises for its zero distortion in the final output that makes your sound richer and clearer. While, it is true that the small design of the MOC1 means some other areas in its functionality will suffer, as such, we were not too happy to find out that the sound can be a bit synthetic at time but it is still quite functional and a very exciting octave pedal to experiment with either in the studio or at live shows.

    Getting the perfect tune from this octave pedal means knowing what it can and cannot handle and the Mooer MOC1 can handle more than 3 notes being played at the same time. It will definitely cause a shift in the tune produced. It is limited in how many chords based volume swells you can run through it.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Great pedal at an affordable price

    • ​Offers precise polyphonic octave effects

    • ​Full metal shell

    • ​True bypass feature

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​Have fewer controls with individual sliders for each octave voice

    • Complex chords are affected by a slightly lighter touch

    • Extra care is needed when dialing the pedal for use on the octave down



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    TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive Compression Effect Pedal

    The TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive Compression Effect Pedal features a lot of options that makes for an awesome mid-shift. The MojoMojo gives you the flexibility to set the voicing and EQ to match your guitar and amp. This pedal produces only one type of drive. You have to adjust the drive and level once you dial in the EQ to how much is needed per time. There is a drive, level, bass and treble knob. If you are a professional guitarist looking for that extra push, sudden touch of magic to spice up your sound, the MojoMojo Overdrive is your solution. It offers true bypass, high-grade components (made up of premium parts) and a small footprint that won't take up space in your pedalboard.

    Things We Liked

    • ​Can work well as a dirt enhancer

    • ​Produces higher gain settings

    • ​Has two tone controls

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​Sound can be a bit compressed and mushy

    • Seems to lack clarity when playing rhythmic chords



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    The JF-12 Ultimate Octave pedal from JOYO gives your guitar a lot of options to work it. It

    Joyo JF-12 Voodoo Octava Guitar Pedal

    can add fuzz distortion to your guitar giving you layers of harmonics to work with especially for those who play jazz and country tunes. Then, there is an octave effect that will blow your mind off this planet. The sound is really different from anything you have ever heard, we promise you that. You get a blend of alien-sounding tones with the raw signal. This octave pedal can add fuzz and octave effect independently and it has true bypass which allows you to send your guitar signal straight into the amp without passing through the pedal's circuitry

    Things We Liked

    • ​Adds fuzz distortion to your guitar for layers of harmonics.
    • ​Powered by a standard 9V battery (there is an external power included in the box)
    • ​It produces tighter sounding chords without practice

    Things We Didn't Like

    • ​The controls mess with the volume of the signal

    • Won't produce hard compressed squash on your guitar tone.




    Our octave pedal reviews shows the different considerations you need to be aware of before you buy an octave pedal. Our list of the best octave pedals highlights the best pedals in the market. We recommend the

    DigiTech Whammyv-01 Guitar Pitch Effect Pedal
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    June 16, 2017

    5 Mistakes When Learning Guitar That Beginner Should Avoid

    Acquiring your guitar can be really a thrilling thing sometimes. Because when you pick your guitar, maybe you need to learn how to play this instrument—chords, notes, scales, and slides, really all of that! The speed of learning is crucial because then you can at least dazzle your family or friends with new talent.
    In the beginning, the zeal for playing is great, however, many beginners encounter some stumbling blocks which, if not quickly addressed, are able to hinder or halt serious progress. Regardless of the personal skill levels, it’s very important that you evaluate your performing style in some time periods if you want to make sure that you really have nice practice habits.

    1 – Guitar Tuning Neglect

    Almost all rookies don’t know the right way for tuning their instrument properly, but they even don’t notice the time when their instrument is really out of its tune! So, there are several reasons why you need to know this because out-of-tune instrument hurts your personal progress a lot.
    Also, if you possess the habit to practice both on and that out-of-tune guitar, then when you hear someone who is in tune will really make you wonder why there is a big problem with your sound. Sometimes self-doubt is able to discourage a beginner from further practicing, and some give up because of this sole reason.

    Little boy practicing playing guitar near window on a sunny day. The boy aged 6.

    Before you start to play anything, be sure that your guitar is in the right tune, and you can also buy a nice tuner. Check or also double check yourself, and then also again after some time during your playing. And, in the case that you don’t know this by your ear yet, establish this as a goal to learn this quickly.

    2 – Overestimating Yourself

    If you practice only what you know, well, this is truly biggest mistake that some rookies can make. Because if you only play some stuff that you know, then you’re just slowly spinning your own wheels, and the real idea is the opposite thing. You must spread your horizons.
    It’s really nice if you need to do this in a form of a warm-up before gigs, and not in the case when you learn to play the electric or acoustic guitar because then you really need to learn to perform some new things if you want to evolve further. Also, be sure that you learn some complete songs, and not only the parts.
    If you’re really still performing “Stairway,” or “Crazy Train” for two to four months down your path and you still call it real practice, well, then you’re very wrong. Play some tracks that you really know just a few times weekly to maintain them fresh, but also add more new tunes for your practice, because that truly keeps motivation and also postpones stagnation.

    3 – Avoiding Of Barre Chords

    Learning some barre chords could be the biggest leap that you will accomplish for the improving of your abilities, so the first hurdle that you will surely encounter is probably this. In some cases you struggled during your practice, otherwise, up until that period you practiced good, it is like some learning the usage of your pinkie finger and also changing chords, well, but every other challenge prior to this part was really smooth to overcome.
    Because barre chords really involve one finger for holding down more strings. So, if you really are a true beginner, then you are certainly intimidated by this because barre chords require some greater strength for the fretting hand. Also, they are hard sometimes to master at first, and that’s why many of those beginners avoid playing tracks that need them.

    4 – Learning From Very Different Sources

    Many rookies make the same mistake when they jump between different videos, and when they read various articles on the internet or in some guitar magazines. So, switching between different online courses is clearly a problem. So, this is really true when they are stuck on some part and then they switch those learning sources to keep everything easy.
    With many paths that are available nowadays to really know how to play guitar, maybe you really risk the information overload in your brain. You will not be able to find the right answers that you seek, and then this information abundance will really overwhelm or paralyze you. So, you need to be in a dedicated and focused state of mind.
    Find some good teachers or a nice online course that possess some clear and comprehensive lesson patterns and plans, then stick to this firmly. If some things get a bit tough, then persevere. So, don’t look for some easier solutions in all cases, that will really keep you completely stuck.

    5 – Impatience

    When you discover some secrets for the more effective and practical ways of playing the instrument, it will really become a way easier, and you will progress far more quickly. But, it is really equally important for you to know and to sometimes realize that there are no ways to really speed up the pace of the progress more than it is natural.
    So, like some kind of a seed that you put in the soil in the great hopes and wishes of someday seeing that developing into a nice fruit tree, that is what patience is. It truly doesn’t matter how you really try to speed it all up, because there are particular stages of guitar practice growth that cannot be simply rushed after a while.

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    January 22, 2017

    Best Digital Reverb Pedals Reviews 2017

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    The best digital reverb pedals can add depth to your music. Unlike what is the best analog verbal pedal, a digital reverb pedal is also portable enough for you to bring it to a gigor to your friend’s place for your group practices. However, if you don't care what type of reverb pedal check out this list for the best overall reverb pedal.

    There are lots of digital reverb pedals in the market, which can be overwhelming to an aspiring musician. This guide will help you find the best digital reverb pedal for you.

    We took into consideration the various digital reverb pedal reviews from Amazon.com customers in this article.

    Editor Rating:

    This is a digital reverb pedal featuring six reverb types. It is affordable, intuitive, and well-made.

    Behringer DR600 DIGITAL REVERB Digital Stereo Reverb Effects Pedal


    • It is very affordable
    • It is well built and sturdy
    • The controls are intuitive


    • The plastic casing isn’t as durable as metal casings of other reverb pedals
    • · The blue LED light is too bright for some guitarists


    This digital reverb pedal has six reverb types— Gate, Modulate, Room, Hall, Plate, and Spring.

    The digital reverb pedal comes with a standard plastic casing, two In and Out jacks, a large on/off stomp button, and a status LED.

    There are four standard reverb knobs in this pedal—Level, Time, Tone, and Mode.

    • Level: is the knob that pretty much sets the volume of the reverb effect integrated into the audio output.
    • Time: is the knob is for controlling the length of the echo produced by the pedal.
    • Tone: is the knob you turn to if you want to adjust the reverb effect brightness. Crank it up and you’ll hear a darker, more massive tone.
    • Mode:  is the knob to choose a particular type of reverb that you want to infuse into your music.

    With just four knobs to work on, this digital reverb pedal is very easy to use.


    ​In terms of sonic quality, the consensus among reviewers on Amazon.com is that the reverb types are decent enough for singing standard tunes. With its price and output quality, this is highly recommended for live gigs and home/practice use.

    However, there are also a lot of reviewers who say that the sound quality isn’t the best. They agree that this isn’t the type of reverb pedals you would use in a live recording.

    The bottom line is, the Behringer Digital Reverb DR600 is an affordable, easy to use, and decent digital reverb pedal.



    Editor Rating:

    This is a compact digital reverb from one of the more respected brands. The Boss RV-6 is packed with eight reverb modes that can enhance the sound of any guitarist.

    This is Boss’s first digital reverb pedal in more than 10 years. The revered stomp box maker, though, does a good job on this pedal despite the decade-long absence in reverb pedal manufacturing.

    Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb


    • It has eight reverb modes
    • It is well-made/ very durable
    • The controls are intuitive


    • Some customers report getting pedals with sticky knobs


    The Boss RV-6 comes with that familiar Boss compact pedal housing. It is powered by a 9-volt battery or a AC adapter.

    ​The pedal itself is very intuitive. It has easy to use controls for the tone, time, and level. You can choose from the eight reverb modes through the selector knob.

    ​It also has dual ¼ inch jacks that you can use for mono or stereo operation.


    ​As you would expect from a brand as popular as Boss, this pedal gets excellent ratings for its performance.

    ​You would be surprised that this compact pedal produces studio-quality reverb. You’d likely think that this is a high-end pedal the first time you use it.

    Most of the modes--- Modulate, Plate, Spring, Hall, Room, and Dynamic— have very good sonic quality.

    However, you should check out the special effect modes as well. The +Delay, for instance, mixes reverb and delay for added dimension during solos.​

    The Shimmer mode, on the other hand, is ideal for background layering.​

    What’s more surprising is the affordable price of this pedal. With four popular reverbs and four custom special effect reverbs, you would be shocked that this digital reverb pedal has a very low price.



    Editor Rating:

    The Behringer Digital Reverb/Delay DR400 could be the next fixture on your pedal board. It is reasonably priced. It sounds great and responds well, too.



    • It is very affordable
    • It is very versatile with many modes
    • Effects sound so natural


    • Numerous reviewers complain of a hissing sound coming from the unit
    • It drains battery very fast


    ​This Behringer pedal is very versatile. It offers four reverb styles and three delay styles. For good measure, it also offers four styles combining the two.

    ​The controls are also well laid out. You would likely be up and running with this pedal within a few minutes of set up.

    ​This pedal is powered by a 9V battery, or a DC power supply which isn’t included in the package.


    Like most of the digital reverb pedals in this review, this Boehringer pedal performs better than what its price suggests.

    The Delay mode, for one, gets very good reviews on Amazon.com. Customers who have bought and used this pedal say the sound is thick and robust. They add that it doesn’t feel manufactured or synthetic at all.

    The Reverb mode, on the other hand, does a great job of emulating natural echo. You’d think that you are in a late night recording session when you turn to this mode.

    With its battery option, this pedal can be used in remote locations. You can also buy the Behringer DC power supply.

    There is also a LED light that you can refer to in checking effect status and battery status.

    The Behringer Digital Reverb/Delay DR400 is another cheap yet versatile reverb pedal that you can add to your collection. With various modes to turn to, you can shape your sound the way you want it to with this pedal.



    Editor Rating:

    Similar to the Boss RV6, the Boss RV5 digital reverb is well-constructed, compact, and reasonably priced.

    Boss RV5 Digital Reverb


    • It well made
    • It is very versatile
    • It is compact and lightweight


    • The layout can be quite confusing to read while you are on stage.


    It may be small at 5 x 3 x 4 inches and lightweight at one pound, but this reverb pedal churns out a very impressive performance for its frame. With its reasonable price tag and quality features, this pedal is highly recommended to both experienced and novice guitarists.

    This pedal features six high quality reverb options. All these reverb options can be harnessed through buttons neatly presented on the front panel. There are also buttons for adjusting tone, volume, and time.

    Reverb Options of the RV5 include: Hall, Plate, Gate, Room, Modulate, and Reverb.

    • Hall: With hall you can impress your listeners with a nice, expansive tone.
    • Plate: The plate mode is arguably the most subtle of the modes. It’s something useful if you are playing an acoustic guitar.
    • Gate: When you turn to Gate mode, you’ll hear very short pre-delay and decays. 
    • Room: You'll hear drum effects that were popular back in the '80s.
    • Modulate: With Modulate, you can add a slight chorus modulation to your music. 
    • Reverb: Because of modulate, it allows you to detune your reverb according to your preference. 

    All modes produce high quality sound output.


    Many customers on Amazon.com have very good words about the build quality of this pedal. They say that this pedal is very well made. This isn’t surprising though as Boss is known as a very good company that uses top quality materials.

    ​The Boss RV5 Digital Reverb is a very good choice if you are on a budget. While we aren’t certain that this is better than the RV6, this is still a pedal we can recommend to any musician.



    Editor Rating:

    This is another digital reverb pedal that is very easy to use. It has four intuitive knobs. With its rugged design, this pedal should stand up to everyday abuse.

    DigiTech XDV DigiVerb Digital Reverb Pedal


    • Very well built
    • Very cheap
    • Quite versatile


    • Tiny metal buttons of the battery compartment are flimsy and could easily get lost


    The DigiTech XDV is a user-friendly reverb pedal. Novice guitarists should have no troubles using it during gigs and practices.

    It has intuitive controls from Level to Tone to Decay and Type. Most reviewers on Amazon.com agree that it is fairly easy to achieve the desired sound with this reverb pedal.

    This pedal offers seven reverb choices--- Room, Hall, Plate, Church, Gated, Reverse, and Spring.​

    • Room: The Room reverb gives a subtle effect.
    • Hall: The Hall, meanwhile, is ideal for rock and hard rock players.
    • Church: The Church reverb sounds very menacing and organic.
    • Plate: The Plate reverb, on the other hand, adds a pleasant touch to your sound.
    • Gated and Reverse: The Gated and Reverse reverbs though aren’t exactly the most popular. Some reviewers say those modes are quite useless.
    • Spring: Creates reverberation effects

    The Hall and Church reverbs are getting favorable reviews online. Amazon.com reviewers point out that those reverb options can enhance the sound quality of any music.


    In terms of build quality, this pedal is built like a tank. It is made of all-steel. You can be assured that this pedal can withstand the typical bumps and bruises.

    However, not all reviewers on Amazon.com are impressed with the design of this pedal. A common complaint is that the battery compartment located under the foot plate has tiny metal buttons. The buttons are very flimsy and can be easily lost.

    ​The DigiTech XDV DigiVerb Digital Reverb Pedal is a practical choice for expert and novice guitarists alike. It is very easy to use. It is also cheap, well made and versatile



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    Rounding out our list of the best digital reverb pedals is this budget-friendly model from Mooer.

    Mooer ShimVerb, digital reverb micro pedal


    • It is cheap
    • It is compact
    • It has a rugged design


    • It doesn't have a battery
    • It isn't the most versatile reverb pedal


    This is a pedalboard friendly model that offers three reverb options— Room, Spring, and Shimmer.

    While it has a limited number of reverb options, this pedal has been getting good marks for its ability to enhance the music of its users.

    • Room: The Room reverb, for one, is a great choice for acoustic guitar players.
    • Spring: The Spring reverb, on the other hand, can stimulate the classic spring reverb that was popular in the ‘60s.
    • Shimmer: Other users point out that the Shimmer reverb is rich, smooth, and spacey. It is the ideal reverb for musicians who are into a more modern sound like alternative rock and post-rock.


    Aside from its good performance, this digital reverb pedal also gets good grades for its rugged and compact design.

    It has a full metal casing that protects it against bumps and bruises. It is also very compact at 1.8 inches by 4.2 inches by 2.2 inches.

    There’s a rubber pad on the bottom that enhances its durability. It also has a center metal where you can attach a Velcro strip if you desire.

    However, not all reviewers on Amazon.com are satisfied with this reverb pedal.

    Despite being compact, this reverb pedal is useless in remote locations because you can’t use a 9 volt battery for it.

    Of course, with just three reverb options, this isn’t the most versatile pedal out there.

    The Mooer ShimVerb reverb pedal is cheap, compact, and ruggedly built. It is also very easy to use. But it isn’t the most versatile reverb pedal today, that’s for sure.



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    December 11, 2016

    The 4 Best Analog Reverb Pedals & Delay Pedals

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     What is the best analog reverb pedal today?  This is a question that’s tough to answer given the many analog reverb pedals available on the market.

    What we’re sure of is that a good analog reverb pedal can improve the sound quality of your music. It can make your music richer and warmer.

    And to borrow a line from GuitarWorld.com, the best analog reverb pedals can fool you into thinking you are rocking out in a stadium full of screaming fans.

    P.S. If you’re not sure about what kind of reverb pedal you want you may want to check out our list of what we consider to be the  best reverb pedals.

    Buying Guide

    Although we are talking about 2 different pedals the buying advice for the two is pretty much the same. You already know analog pedals are higher quality and produce better sound than digital versions.


    Versatile Tool Kit

    Most pedals have a suite of functions and type of reverb/delay. The more options you have means you can play around with different effects without having to spend more money.

    If you’re still honing your guitar skills having a pedal that specializes in having a bunch of different options is great so you can see which one(s) you like. However, if you’re already very experienced and have gone through pedals before, it is better to get ones that specialize in a particular type of reverb (Spring, Hall, etc) or delay because they will produce higher quality for their particular sounds.


    Lower quality pedals tend not to mesh with others which means if you are playing songs that require different effects than you’ll probably want a higher quality pedal. For example, for some lower quality reverb pedals you may hear unwanted echo effects in the song, and sometimes it can skew the sound produced while other pedals are playing.

    Although there typically isn’t as big of a problem for delay pedals you’ll want to understand that this could be a large problem if you are using a number of pedals.

    Overall Quality

    Led ZeppelinIf you’re a beginner this won’t matter much since you’re just testing out pedals and finding your sound. However, if you are doing performances or recordings you want pedals that are definitely on the higher end.

    This way, you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues and overall sound quality. No matter how good cheap ones claim to be they just can’t measure up to more expensive, higher quality pedals.

    If you’re doing a demo or performance you won’t want to risk a lower quality one messing up your performance/demo.


    Best Analog Reverb Pedals

    1. TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal

    Editor Rating: 4.7/5

    The Hall of Fame reverb pedal has a very daunting name. But for most of the satisfied owners and users of this reverb pedal, the name is very fitting. It is indicative of the quality and performance of the reverb pedal.

    Most analog reverb pedal reviews online include the TC Electronic Hall of Fame in their list of the best analog reverb pedals. This goes to show how highly rated this pedal is

    The TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb pedal offers 10 reverb types including a custom TonePrint.

    The reverb options include:

    • Room
    • Hall
    • Spring
    • Plate
    • Church
    • Modulated
    • LoFi
    • Tile
    • Ambient
    • Gated

    It can be said that the Hall of Fame reverb pedal is very versatile. It is one of the few standard sized pedals with so many great sounding reverbs.

    The 11th reverb setting Tone Print, allows users to download settings created by pro guitarists and soundlabs.

    The consensus is that all reverb types sound fantastic.

    Guitarists will also love the Tone Print setting. They say that it is very easy to use. Users simply have to go to the TCE website, download patches, and save it on their computer.

    From their computer, they can transfer those patches to the Hall of Fame pedal. There’s no need to go to the Internet if users want to change patches. And it even has an app which allows users to transfer patches from their phones.

    The build quality of this pedal is also worth mentioning. It is very solidly built. Many reviewers on Amazon.com say their units have lasted for them for many years.

    There are a few complaints about this reverb pedal. One is the color—red isn’t exactly a color you expect reverb pedals to be available in, and there aren’t other options which is unfortunate. However, it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

    Another is the price—this isn’t exactly the cheapest analog reverb pedal around.

    The TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal is truly a great analog reverb pedal. It is versatile, easy to use, and well-made.

    This reverb pedal gets a rating of 5 stars.

    Things We Liked

    • Very versatile
    • Small footprint
    • Easy to use

    Things We Didn’t Like

    • Not the cheapest



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    2. TC Electronic Arena Reverb Pedal

    Editor Rating: 4.6/5

    The TC Electronic Arena Reverb Pedal is basically the TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb pedal. But it has four exclusive Tone Prints to boot. It’s basically a souped-up version of the Hall of Fame.

    As mentioned earlier, the Tone Prints allow users to download custom patches.

    The four Tone Prints included in this pedal were carefully picked by Barry Mitchell of Guitar Centers.

    The first TonePrint, Royal, would remind you of those classic hall and church reverbs. Parliament has a more detailed vibe than a typical Hall reverb.

    Passage, on the other hand, expands the typical room reverb into a fuller-sounding effect. Season is a smoother spring reverb. Think of it as a dreamy spring sound.

    Of course, there are the traditional reverbs as well like Hall, Plate, Spring, Room, and Church. There’s also the Modulated reverb which gives an animated sound, perfect for leads.

    Similar to the Hall of Fame, the quality of the reverbs of the Arena is clean and very realistic. It doesn’t sound like any low cost pedal. Moreover, the longer reverbs have a very distinctive, smooth delay.

    And just like the Hall of Fame, accessing those patches in the Tone Print mode is very easy.

    Simply go to the TC Electronic website, download a file, patch it to your computer, and open the downloaded file. This would create an applet that aids in uploading the Tone Print to the pedal.

    There’s also an iPhone and Android app that users can turn to in transferring patches to the pedal.

    As you would expect from a reverb pedal with TC Electronic’s logo on it, this model is very well built.

    It is housed in a rugged and die-cast aluminum case. It is about 4.75 inches by 3 inches including the in/out jack nuts on the sides.

    It gets power from a 9V battery. You can also plug it in using an Ibanez adapter. The latter is a more practical option given the hefty power drain of this device.

    The TC Electronic Arena Reverb Pedal could be the best analog pedal right now. Its price is its only flaw or weakness.

    Things We Liked

    • Very versatile
    • Manufactured with quality
    • Awesome features

    Things We Didn’t Like

    • On the more expensive side



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    3. Ibanez AD MINI Analog Delay Effect Pedal

    Editor Rating: 4.2/5

    The Ibanez AD MINI Analog Delay Effect Pedal is compact and affordable. It also sounds great. With those qualities, it is not a shock that it has a lot of very positive reviews online.

    One of the first things that will strike you about this mini pedal is its size. It is very compact with dimensions of 10 x 2 x 4 inches.

    While small, the pedal is built like a tank. Even the small knobs for repeat and mix controls are quite steady.

    You can forget about incidental damage ruining this pink colored pedal, like accidentally crushing the pedal during an inspired performance on stage.

    In terms of performance, you can hardly find any shortcomings from this mini pedal.

    Most reviewers on Amazon.com agree that this mini pedal sounds very great. It never sounds too distorted or clipped, even when you set it at repeat.

    While it is far from digital pedals in terms of clarity, the mini-pedal has a nice, warm and classic delay.

    With its great sound and compact size, the Ibanez AD Mini Analog Delay Effect Pedal is a very good buy. It can enhance your sound without taking up a lot of pedalboard space, or causing a hole in your pockets.

    The Ibanez AD MINI Analog Delay Effect Pedal may be the best reverb pedal for its size. With a very compact frame, this pedal can be a great addition to replicasuhr.de your pedal board.

    It is cheap and easy to use as well. And the build quality is just impressive for a pedal of this size.

    The Ibanez AD MINI Analog Delay Effect Pedal gets a rating of 4.5 stars.

    Things We Liked

    • Nice and compact
    • Build to last
    • Very afforable

    Things We Didn’t Like

    • No power adapter



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    4. Behringer Vintage Delay VD400

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    The Behringer Vintage Delay VD400 is very simple, easy to use, and affordable. It can help you achieve a sound that would remind you of the sounds of the 50s and 60s.

    This pedal is fairly straightforward to use. You can refer to the bright blue LED to know if the vintage delay has been activated.

    There are only three knobs to use. One is for adjusting delay time (Repeat Rate); anther for adjusting output level (Echo), and the last for adjusting number of repetitions (Intensity).

    It is powered by a 9V battery, or through direct current with a DC power supply which isn’t included in the product package.

    The delay time is 300ms which is pretty much the standard for an analog reverb pedal.

    It is made of ABS plastic, an industrial grade plastic that is also used in construction helmets and motorcycle helmets. It is impact proof.

    As reported by satisfied reviewers on Amazon.com, the pedal is very durable. Some reviewers shared stories of how they’ve dropped this pedal numerous times. They say that it can resist bumps and bruises.

    However, not all Amazon.com reviewers are all praises for this pedal.

    Some point out that it has certain design flaws.

    One common complaint is that it is hard to change batteries of this reverb pedal. Also, other reviewers wish that it is customizable.

    But for its price, this pedal is one of the best. You can’t ask for anything cheaper but of good quality than this pedal.

    The Behringer Vintage Delay VD400 is one of the cheapest analog reverb pedals you can find online. It is well built, durable, and very easy to operate.

    While it has its share of flaws, the BEHRINGER VINTAGE DELAY VD400 remains a highly recommended analog reverb pedal.

    Things We Liked

    • Very affordable
    • Easy to use
    • Extremely durable

    Things We Didn’t Like

    • Not customizable
    • Hard to change batteries



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    Original, “old school” analog reverb pedals are the real deal. Digital reverb pedals get the job done because technology is so good, but they can’t beat high quality analog pedals.

    The same thing goes for delay pedals.

    While digital versions for both of these types of pedals are decent alternatives and are cost effective, you don’t want to skimp on quality if you are serious about your guitar playing.

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    November 2, 2016

    How to Use a Reverb Pedal

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    From time to time, we use reverb pedals in an attempt to improve the sound produced by our electric guitar. At times, however, it does not feel right. As someone who has tried your best, it is quite disappointing to put too much effort into doing something in order to play and use your pedals, and still end up with nothing.

    In order to deal with these frustrations, I have come up with a list of ways on how to use a reverb pedal in such a way that can guarantee results. All you have to do is follow these tips and you will experience better results.

    Implement Modulation on Your Reverb

    A reverb that is modulated can turn out to be your best friend, especially if you are interested in producing unearthly, ghostly sound. In order to attain a unique experience while playing your guitar, use modulated reverbs, as it can create an effect that is delicate and special.

    Pedals such as the Boss RV-5 model (check out our review here) may add some modulation on a reverb, thus resulting to one that does not just serve as an ambience builder. While these modulated reverbs can still establish ambiance, it is done in an unearthly fashion.

    If you make it a goal to copy a Johnny Marr riff to its finest but are confused what is lacking in order to get the right match, then implementing modulation on you reverb is the trick.

    By doing so, you are adding a touch of the sound movement, blending them well together.

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    Sustaining Your Sound in the Absence of a Gain Pedal

    Before guitarists were introduced to gain pedals cranking the tube amp up and adding wet spring reverb on the tone was the only way in which sustenance is added to the sound. During those days, spring was the king.

    In fact, there were some parts through the history of guitar when an effect and a player meant the same, until the famous Dick Dale, father of the surf guitar, introduced spring reverb in creating a wonderful effect. Since then, a lot of things have changed. Therefore, you can cut ties with your gain pedals, externally adding sustenance to the tone instead. Digital reverb pedals are great for this.

    Dick Dale

    The good news is that, there are a lot of amazing spring reverbs available now in the market. All you have to do is choose one. Even though you may not own a Fender amp equipped with a built-in long-tank reverb, you can choose from options such as Boss FRV-1, Malekko Chicklet, and others.

    The next time you work towards achieving that sustaining, epic type of sound, why not replace your compressor or dirt box with a long reverb. You can see the beauty of doing so as it can easily make a difference on things and take things a level up. This is especially true if your listeners have high quality equipment - like the kind featured on Gadgets Page.

    Distance and Depth Controlled

    Controlling both the distance and the depth is actually quite an old technique introduced by the famous Jimmy page. The principle behind this technique is to close-mic the amp in a space that is undersized, while recording the very same source at the same time, using another mic at a distance.

    What he used back then was bigger sounds by combining two different sounds as the mixdown happens. This proven approach is still known to produce amazing results. As years passed by, other names in the industry, such as Steve Albini has refined this mic placement. Fortunately for us, technology has allowed us to create this distance and depth sense by using a quality reverb pedal.

    These days, modern models of reverb pedals come equipped with a pre-delay knob. By tweaking the feature in order to possibly delay the reverb onset up to a few milliseconds and setting to a minimal decay control, you can expect a good output. At the same time, if you already have tone control on your pedal, all you have to do is to tune your ‘room’ to either dark or bright in order to stand out or blend. Analog reverb pedals really excel at this.

    Less Effect, the Better

    Reality dictates that less effects on your sound is always better. Even a single touch on the reverb can already result to amazing output on the sound. One of the best ways in order to achieve the type of sound that you would want to see is by using a little bit of reverb only. Overdoing it may ruin the quality of the sound.

    In fact, adding too many effects can result to a robotic and artificial sound. This is something that you have to know if you consider yourself as an acoustic guitarist. Make sure that you just go easy with the effects in order to achieve the quality of sound that you want to hear.

    Use Some Room Control

    Perhaps you have seen this feature on your reverb, but have never actually tried using it, have you? You can now change this practice if you want to see better sound results. This reverb is usually drowned over by the fame of other effects, but you can now start exploring on it more.

    By using room control, you can come up with a reverb that is light to the heart. As such, get a good room reverb, and use room control on the tone. You can expect a sound that is better than what you may have imagined at first. Check out this video for more details:


    Now, you have the basic ideas on things that you have to change, or features that you have to start using. By implementing these alternate options, you can create that perfect sound out of your own guitar. You will not really lose anything if you try each and every tip mentioned above. When you discover that they work for you, you will never have to deal with struggling for that perfect tone. On the other hand, if you notice that the suggestions do not work for you, there is no harm in going back to your trusted ways of fixing tone sound issues.

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    December 20, 2015

    Online Blues Guitar Lessons

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    Traditionally, anyone interested in learning to play the blues guitar would have learned their licks directly from records from many of the old blues masters such as BB King, Freddie King and Albert King. Nowadays however people are able to take online blues guitar lessons using videos downloaded from the Internet. This has proven itself to be a very powerful way to learn to play blues guitar online and more and more guitar students are finding that it is highly effective and very enjoyable.

    Blues guitar lessons online are not as common as acoustic guitar lessons for beginners since this represents the mass market for online guitar lessons in general, but here is one of our favorites:

    There are however a number of high-quality blues guitar websites you can choose to learn from and in all cases it represents a cheaper way to take expert blues guitar lessons regardless of where you live in the world. This is an excellent advantage of lessons in blues guitar online as often it can be a problem to notate a good quality guitar teacher in your local area although learning how to use a reverb pedal with your blues guitar may be difficult online.

    One of the most important aspects of blues guitar is your sound. They should be neither completely clean not completely distorted, ideally we want to create the sounds which will response organically to how we play and to produce distortion actually whenever guitar notes for guitar chords are played with more force and aggression. For these reasons tube guitar amplifiers are considered the best choice for learning to play blues guitar. They are more expensive and require some maintenance however they still to this day produce the best and most authentic blues sound possible by any method. One of the most famous manufacturers of blues guitar amplifiers is Fender.

    There are some people who believe that taking online blues guitar lessons is an inferior way to learn this style of music. There is some justification in this belief as part of becoming a good musician lies in your ability to develop your ear so that you can make a direct connection with your instrument which will in turn allow you to the express your musical ideas with more fluency and clarity.

    When you learn electric blues guitar online it makes it so that you do not have to test your ear to the same extent as you would when learning guitar licks directly from records. I would advise any student taking online blues guitar lessons to combine them with the more traditional methods already mentioned in this article. This way you can have the best of both worlds and benefits not only from today’s modern technology but also stayed true to the past ways of learning.

    To find more information about online blues guitar lessons please do a search using any popular search engine where you are sure to find the best and most successful websites currently available on the market.

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    December 20, 2015

    Online Advanced Guitar Lessons

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    It is surprising to find out that there is quite a lack of online advanced guitar lessons available for students to take on the Internet. This is probably caused by the fact that most people searching for online guitar lessons are themselves complete beginners or at a lower-level of playing and therefore the mass market has been created around them for learning to play guitar online. If you’re looking beyond the fundamental skills then learning about reverb pedals and other types of pedals is a great start.

    It is almost always true that the best resources will be made available to suit where the market share is its greatest demand.

    Advanced guitar lessons online are not easy to find however some of the bigger and more established guitar websites will have lessons to suit this level of guitar player in their endeavor to improve their playing. Most advanced guitar players are able to teach themselves whatever they want to learn you from buying books or watching guitar DVDs, this is also another principal reason why the demand for online advanced guitar lessons is lower than many other categories of guitar tuition.

    Perhaps as the market to learn guitar online becomes bigger and more established we will see a noticeable increase in the variety of advanced online guitar lessons available to take on the Internet. The members will be there to support these kinds of sites and that is really all which is required to sustain the industry. Until then however, if you are at an advanced level in your guitar playing and more than likely you’ll need to continue teaching yourself from guitar chord books, DVDs or private one-to-one lessons with a guitar teacher.

    This problem can also arise when a student wishes to learn styles of guitar playing which are by their very nature advanced to do the techniques required to play that style of music. Classical guitar for example requires a great deal of study not only in your ability to read music well but also in your finger technique and quality of tone. Another example would be if you were trying to learn to play flamenco guitar which it can requires advanced techniques often taking years of practice to perfect. Simply by the very nature of the music is going to be harder to find a range of good quality guitar lessons to choose from as they will all come under the classification of online advanced guitar lessons.

    Instead of having a broad category of guitar lessons to search for online, try to narrow your search down and concentrate on finding very specific things you wish to learn. This will lessen the amount of frustration you feel when trying to find online expert video guitar lessons and certainly reduce the amount of time it takes to find what you are really looking for so you can get on with the business of improving your guitar playing instead of searching for suitable lessons.

    Don’t neglect to look in places such as Amazon for books and DVDs in case you absolutely cannot find the kind of online advanced guitar lessons do require. We can all hope that as time passes and has learning guitar online becomes ever more popular; a greater variety of advanced guitar lessons online will become available for everyone to benefit from.

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