Guitarists - effect you can’t live without

Guitarists - effect you can’t live without


Ok guitarists… What is the one effect (pedal or otherwise) that you can’t live without?


Does distortion count as an effect? I need distortion, whether from a pedal or an amp. I don’t really need anything else, but tremolo is cool every now and then.


Absolutely!! And that is a go-to for me too. I use overdrive even when I’m playing “clean”. It’s a must-have for me.


Apart from overdrive, (which I don’t really think of as an “effect” anyway) delay is the one effect I consider essential…It’s not that I can’t “live without it” but it’s really nice to have, especially for solos, as I don’t generally like reverb on my amp.


I’ve become less interested in amp reverb the last few years also. I don’t really know what caused the switch other than the fact that I usually record instruments dry and got used to the sound.


They’ve been talking about Jake E. Lee in the other thread “Style Over Substance”, so I figure I’ll post this here.
An interesting interview with the man himself. Says he thinks frivolous effects only cover up boring riffs or sloppy playing.


Hmmmm, I’m sitting here staring at my pedalboard, and there’s not one thing on there that I can’t live without.

Clean boost, two overdrives, flanger, phaser, a gate, wah, tremolo, delay, 10-band EQ,…and a tuner. I’ll keep the tuner, throw the rest away. I’d be fine without all of it. The “effect” I like is tubes melting down, and I don’t need a pedal for that.

But to answer the question, if I had to keep just one “effect”, it’d probably be wah.


It’s hard to beat legit tube drive. That’s for sure :beerbanger:


Distortion was my first thought

Reverb and delay are the only other regularly used effects.