Guitar Multi Effects Pedals 

Guitar effects pedals are used to alter the sound of your guitar’s signal. Some effects are very subtle when applied in the right way such as small amounts of delay and reverb. Other effects can be used to drastically change the sound of your guitar.

Multi effects pedals feature multiple effects unlike many individual effects pedals that just have one effect. There are a number of advantages to using multi effects pedals over individual pedals:

  • Multiple effects in one unit provide a variety of options to shape your sound
  • One pedal with many effects is more compact that many individual pedals, making it easy to travel with and carry
  • Multi effects pedals are often much more affordable than buying all the effects you want individually
  • Multi effects pedals allow you to save your favourite settings as presets, allowing for simple recall of settings on stage

Multi effects pedals often feature:

  • Overdrive
  • Distortions
  • Flangers
  • Chorus
  • Phasers
  • Reverbs

More expensive pedals are likely to feature more models of these effects and other effects too. These might include:

  • Tremolo
  • Auto wah
  • Wah
  • Whammy
  • Ring modulator
  • Compression

Some multi effects pedals also have a built in expression pedal. This allows certain effects to be controlled by the pedal so you can make use of effects such as Wah and whammy. The expression pedal may also be able to control the volume of your guitar just like a volume pedal would.

More expensive multi effects pedals can also feature a built in looper. This allows you to record your playing and have it played back on a loop. This is a useful feature for playing by yourself when you want multiple layers and for live scenarios when a song has multiple guitar parts but maybe your band only has one guitarist.

Many multi effects pedals are often designed to be an affordable alternative to buying many stompboxes individually. As a result of this it does mean the quality and amount of control you have over the effects can be not as good as individual effects depending on the model.