Nowadays, which effects (pedals) sound good to play Blues or Jazz on guitar? A friend told me that overdrive is used to transform the solo to a more aggressive sound. Chorus effects could help on rhythm.

Please guide me as to which effects sounds good to play these tunes.

Some famous guitar players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan or John Tropea, they have good guitar effects and I really appreciate them. I would like to use some similar effects.

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  • should have googled it: guitarworld.com/… – Raktim Biswas Jul 18 '16 at 21:58
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    Really almost anything can work in almost any genre. You should go to a store and try out effects and get the ones that seem cool to you so you find your own sound. It's almost impossible to copy someone else's sound anyway, so you might as well just make your own. – Todd Wilcox Jul 18 '16 at 22:40
  • Related: How to Fake Blues Guitar – neilfein Jul 19 '16 at 0:27
  • Trying things out in a store is useful, but if you're completely new to pedals you need to spend some time woodshedding with the different types of effect to really get a sense of how you might use them. I'd suggest buying a cheap digital multi fx pedal to start off with - you can get something like a Zoom G1Xon for significantly less than a single "proper" overdrive pedal like a Tube Screamer. – Bacs Jul 19 '16 at 8:54

~The Chorus~

Chorus is awesome! Thanks to its over use in the 1960's, it's sound can make a whole song sound bluesy. The Walrus Audio Julia is the best chorus that I know of and is also the most vintage sounding, which is essential for a chorus to sound bluesy.

~The overdrive~

A light overdrive is all you need for jazz :). Not too much drive to kill the genre of the song but just enough for a nice break up when exaggerating a note that augments to your tonne and emotion. An overdrive such as a Ibanez TS-9 which mildly changes the tone of your guitar. This pedal sounds amazing in jazz, depending on what settings you use. You could also get a transparent overdrive (an overdrive that doesn't change the tone of your guitar, but just adds drive to it) like the Emerson Paramount which also sounds very good in jazz. Both pedals also add sparkle to your sound and that is essential in jazz otherwise you can sound a bit dull, which can pull you away from the rest of the band. Both pedals are very well known in both jazz and blues worlds.

~The distortion~

For blues you should be looking for pedals with higher gain. So a pedal with a higher gain would be a distortion pedal :D. Similar to an overdrive pedal a distortion pedal will add a lot more drive and a lot of drive in blues sounds amazing. The ProCo Rat is famously used in blues/blues-rock for a reason. It sounds amazing and perfectly fits the guitar tone that defines blues.

~Two overdrives~

An alternate to purchasing a distortion pedal is to stack two overdrives (use two overdrives at once) to achieve the same drive as a distortion pedal but with more clarity and better toning options. Which overall has more versatility. However can be more costly $$$. Here are some good overdrives: JHS Superbolt, JHS Morning Glory, Klon KTR, Selgah's Scarlett Love V3 and the previously mentioned: Ibanez T-S9 & Emerson Paramount

Hope this helps :)

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    I would also add a 'wah' pedal. At least Jimmi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan used it and it sounded great! – papakias Jul 19 '16 at 13:16
  • Stevie Ray also used a rotary effect but I'm not sure if it was from a pedal or from a rotary speaker. There are pedals in the market that emulate that effect anyway! – papakias Jul 19 '16 at 13:19
  • as in this video: youtube.com/watch?v=kHD0NqYIpfw – papakias Jul 19 '16 at 20:30
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    I think rotary is when there is a rotating speaker like in this video youtube.com/watch?v=5xdKnkzzNLQ . Maybe I'm wrong with terminology here but I thought for example that rotary reverb = reverb through a rotary speaker – papakias Jul 20 '16 at 7:29

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