Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition
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Individual pedals are a great convenience because they enable you to buy effects one at a time and use them in a modular fashion — you can choose to include them in your chain or not, and you can rearrange their order to create different effects. But many guitarists opt for a multi-effects processor, which puts all the individual effects into one housing.

Multi-effects processors are programmable, meaning that you can store different settings in the effects and recall them with the tap of a foot. Multi-effects processors, like individual pedals, also offer a modular approach to effect ordering, although they accomplish this electronically rather than physically.

Generally, a multi-effects processor can do anything that individual pedals do, so most guitarists who use a lot of effects eventually buy one. You can still use your individual pedals, too, by hooking them up with the multi-effects processor.

Most guitarists still keep their individual pedals even after acquiring a multi-effects processor, because the individual pedals are small, simple to operate and convenient. A guitarist may not want to lug the larger, more cumbersome multi-effects processor to a casual jam session when he needs only one or two effects. The price range for guitar multi-effects processors is $120 to $1,500. They can be found in a variety of sizes, including ones that come as apps for a smartphone or other mobile device.

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Mark Phillips is a former director of music at Cherry Lane Music, where he edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N??? Roses, and Metallica.

Jon Chappell is a multistyle guitarist, arranger, and former editor-in-chief of Guitar magazine.

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