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Glossary of Guitar Effects

What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar?
I.e., as a novice, what effect pedal types should I be aware of, that "everybody" knows about?

  • I realize you could find this question subjective and a basis for discussion with no finite answer, but please help me rephrase it if you think it is not a good fit for music.SE! Or do I have to go elsewhere to get a simple answer for this? Jun 28, 2012 at 20:50
  • This is very subjective, depending not only on where you are, but what type of music you listen to. It is likely to lead to a list of answers, which is not a good fit with the SE model.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Jun 28, 2012 at 21:28
  • @DrMayhem: Hmm. I was thinking there would be a universal list regardless of genre - hence "everybody". Maybe I'm wrong? Jun 28, 2012 at 21:31
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    I would have assumed the same as Ulf, that there are a few major types of pedals. I think this would be useful info, even if it is technically a list. If it's as unbounded as you say though @DrMayhem then I would lean towards closing it -- "Sorry, there are too many and which ones are common is very localized" is still giving an answer of sorts.
    – user28
    Jun 28, 2012 at 21:50
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    Possible duplicate: music.stackexchange.com/q/1838/36 Jun 28, 2012 at 22:31

2 Answers 2


To try and provide a sort of answer - for different genres, and based on the various covers bands I have played in over the years, the most common effects used (and the ones I couldn't do without) are:


Fuzz, Overdrive, Delay, Wah and Reverb


Distortion, Compression, Whammy/Pitchshifter, Noise Gate, Reverb


Fuzz, Delay, Phaser


Fuzz, Delay, Phaser, Compression, Reverb, Flanger

Quite a variety, but I'm interested if answers come to a consensus.

  • Wah wah too for blues (SRV, Hendrix, others).
    – filzilla
    Jun 29, 2012 at 22:07
  • Agreed - can't believe I forgot that one
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Jun 29, 2012 at 22:39

With the help of Dr Mayhem's answer, Alex Basson's linked possible duplicate question, and some googling I'm thinking perhaps this could be a relatively relevant list of major types (or groups) of effect pedals:

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • Distortion/Overdrive/Fuzz
  • Flanger/Phaser/Chorus
  • Pitch Shifter/Harmonizer/Octave
  • Niose Gate
  • Boost
  • Wah/Auto-Wah

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