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Unlock your creative potential and explore endless sonic possibilities with our vast collection of guitar effects pedals at GAK. From boutique stompboxes to trusted industry favourites, we stock an impressive range of effects pedals to suit every musician’s unique preferences.

Whether you’re seeking the warm, classic tones of analogue effects or the precision and versatility of digital pedals, our extensive selection has something for everyone. Find the perfect distortion, overdrive, fuzz, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, tremolo, wah, octave, compressor, EQ and more to craft your signature sound.

Discover the tonal capabilities of popular brands such as Boss, Roland, Strymon, EarthQuaker Devices, JHS Pedals, Walrus Audio, MXR and Electro-Harmonix. Bass guitar players can also find a selection of specialised pedals from renowned brands like Darkglass, Aguilar and Ampeg.

Expand your sonic palette with boutique pedals and multi-effects units, or dive into the world of loopers, power supplies, patch cables and expression pedals to complete your pedalboard. Create a fully customisable guitar rig with a variety of effects and tools and let your creativity soar.

Finding navigating the world of guitar effects overwhelming? At GAK, our knowledgeable guitar team is here to help. Visit our Brighton store or contact us to discuss your needs and find the ideal pedals for your setup. We can help you find the perfect guitar effects pedals for your rig as well as kit you out with essential accessories such as pedalboards, power supplies, patch cables, instrument cables and footswitches.

What guitar pedals do you really need?

The essential guitar pedals vary depending on your musical style and preferences. However, some commonly recommended pedals for most guitarists include a tuner for accurate tuning, overdrive or distortion for adding warmth and character and a delay or reverb for creating depth and atmosphere.

What is the best effect pedal for guitar?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, as the best effect pedal depends on your personal preferences and playing style. Some popular choices among guitarists include the Boss DS-1 Distortion, Strymon Timeline Delay and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Fuzz.

What pedal did Jimi Hendrix use?

Jimi Hendrix was known for using a variety of pedals to create his iconic sound. Some of his favourites included the Vox Wah, Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face and the Roger Mayer Octavia.

What pedals should a beginner have?

As a beginner, it’s essential to start with a few core pedals to help you develop your personal sound. We recommend starting with a tuner, overdrive or distortion and a time-based effect such as a delay or reverb pedal to cover a broad range of musical styles. It’s also worth looking at what effects pedals your favourite guitarists use and seeing how they work for your own sound.

Should beginners use pedals?

Yes, beginners can benefit from using pedals as they allow for experimentation with different sounds and effects. This helps in developing a personal style and expanding musical horizons. Introducing the right effect pedal(s) into your setup can inspire you to play.

How many pedals should a guitarist have?

The number of pedals a guitarist should have varies based on personal preference, playing style and musical genre. Some guitarists use only a few essential pedals, while others have extensive pedalboards to explore various effects and tones.

What are the different types of guitar effects pedals?

There are various types of guitar effects pedals, each offering unique sound-shaping capabilities to enhance your playing experience:

  • Delay: Creates echoes of your guitar signal, allowing you to craft atmospheric soundscapes. Many delay pedals feature a tap tempo function to easily adjust the delay time.
  • Compression: Evens out your guitar’s volume and increases sustain without adding distortion, making your playing more consistent and controlled.
  • Overdrive: Adds warmth and character to your sound by mildly distorting your guitar signal, emulating the natural breakup of a tube amplifier.
  • Distortion: Provides more aggressive and heavier tones by heavily clipping your guitar signal, perfect for rock and metal genres.
  • Fuzz: Produces a heavily saturated and unique sound that’s rich in harmonics and sustain.
  • Reverb: Simulates the natural reflections of sound in a space, adding depth and dimension to your playing.
What’s the best order for my guitar effects pedals?

The ideal order for your effects pedals depends on personal preferences and the specific pedals you’re using. However, a common arrangement is as follows: Tuner > Compressor > Wah and/or EQ > Overdrive and/or distortion > Modulation effects (chorus, phaser, flanger, etc.) > Time-based effects (delay and reverb).

Experimenting with different pedal orders can lead to unique and exciting sounds, so don’t be afraid to try new combinations and discover what works best for you.