The Best Gifts for Guitarists in 2006 – Guitar Effects

Bill McRea

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Are you looking for a great gift for the guitarist in your life? They already have a guitar and amplifier so getting them another is out of the question. And most guitarists seem to buy the accessories that they need as they go along. Have you considered purchasing guitar effects in the form of pedals or effects units?

With the guitar, the sound is generated using electrical signals. When you take the signal and process it in certain ways, this changes the sound. When you use a special device such as a pedal or an effects unit, the signal is processed by the device and the changed sound comes out through your speakers.

Do you want some advice on purchasing the best gifts for guitarists in the form of guitar effects? Here is some advice that will help you make a purchase.

Purchasing Pedals

Effects pedals either come with a series of options but the one thing that is consistent is that you use your foot to make any changes to the settings. Some, like the Line 6 PODSX Live Pedal, have 11 channels each with a different sound. Others are just a single pedal and you press it to turn the effect on or off.

When purchasing pedals, it is a good idea to do your research and choose products that are highly regarded. Look at reviews, compare prices, and ask the guitarist which effects they tend to like. Here are some ideas for pedals:

o Line 6 PODSX Live Pedal with 11 Channels
o Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue
o Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler Pedal
o Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal

Effects Processors

Effects Processors also take the signal and alter it. But, they have different functions and uses than a pedal. Some are designed to hook up to your computer and others hook up to your computer. The type of effects processor you choose will depend on your individual tastes and needs. Here are some good choices for gift giving:

o Yamaha Magicstomp II Guitar Effects Processor
o Boss RC-20XL Loop Station
o Boss GT-8 Guitar Effects Processor
o ToneWorks AX1500G Guitar Floor Effects Processor

Great Gifts

Effects processors make great gifts because they help a guitarist expand and enrich their sound. You can use effects to help enhance your creativity. You can also use them to convey a certain emotion in a song you are writing. If you are unsure of which pedal or processor to purchase, finding one that has a variety of sounds is a good bet because then they can experiment.

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