5 Tips To Buying An FX Pedal


The only way you can extend what your instrument is capable of doing is by buying fx pedals. Good pedals can be relied on to sparkle creativity and capture inspiring sounds. With FX pedals, you will no longer need to stomp through pedals and fiddle knobs. A pedal that can deliver the sound you want and which is small in size could be ideal for you. It should give you the bump to push the amp up when played softly.  Also, it should be able to provide you with the sound you want and allow you to play any genre without struggling. So if you wish to play a song or want to create some music, you will need to buy a fx pedal. Here are tips you will need to consider when buying this type of pedal.

1. Do some research?

If you are planning to buy good pedals, it may be necessary that you do some research. Check on the internet about what the rest of the people are saying. Look around online for reviews about the pedals you want to buy. Listen to demos and see if it sounds produced is like something you like. You may also need to visit your nearest store and play some of the pedals through your amp set up and guitar. If you are satisfied, don’t just buy one pedal. Consider buying two or three to give you a chance to compare their effectiveness. But ensure you use the same settings when testing the pedals. It will help you see if the pedal brings more bass while on an amp.  As soon as you come across the right one, determine the settings that will give you what you want.

2.  Look at your budget

Good Fx pedals are costly. So when you set out to buy the pedals, it may be necessary to look at your budget. If the budget is tight, you may need to save more before you start scouting for pedals. In some cases, a limited budget may make it difficult to buy the pedals that will give you the sound you want. In such a situation, you do not need to rush. Wait until you are ready. Of course, you will have a selection of pedals to choose from. There is the all-in-one pedal which can give you great sound and the simple, inexpensive pedals that will still serve the purpose.  But, if you want something that will provide you with quality sound, then prepare to spend more.

3. Durability

It is the second most important thing to consider after the budget. Here, you will need to ask yourself a few questions before you spend your money on pedals. Ask yourself if you will be moving around with your new fx pedals.  Also, consider if the pedals will be attached on the setup. If they will be attached to the setup, there is a need to buy durable ones. The pedal should feel solid in construction but capable of withstanding pressure. Unfortunately, buying durable pedals means that you should be prepared to spend more. So prepare yourself adequately before you start shopping for the pedal.

4. Consider buying it online.

The good thing about buying pedals online is that it gives you a chance to sample and compare different products. Fortunately, some of them offer you a return policy. It means that if you don’t like the fx pedal, you will get a chance to return it. So choosing a vendor that gives you a chance to return the pedals if not satisfied with their performance could be the best option. Also, they should be able to replace defective pedals through the warranty policy.

5. Should allow you to explore your creativity

To succeed as a musician, you must remain creative. So at some point, you will feel that you have reached a plateau. In such a case, you will need pedals that can allow you to do something different. They should allow you to be creative and try all types of sounds. The pedals should motivate and enable you to enjoy working on your music. So buying something that will enable you to be creative to do what you like most could be the best option for you. 

Of course, there are many other things you may need to look at when you decide that it is time to buy a new set of fx pedals. But the price, durability and the type of service you expect to get should be the determining factors.

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