3 Unique Guitar Pedals that Every Guitar Player Should Own

Starting your journey into the world of the electric guitar is one of the best things you can do for yourself. However, your bank account might disagree with that as you'll be getting yourself hooked and spending your life savings on all sort of different pedals and guitar gear. Well, now that you're probably already going down this path, why not spend your money on something good and unique? Something really versatile that will help you find your own voice and help you sound the way you want to. Of course, this is by no means a simple task, especially because it's not exactly easy to find a pedal that will give you so much freedom to experiment. They are out there, but you need to do some digging to get your hands (and ears) on them. With this in mind, let us check out some unique guitar pedals that every guitar player should own.

DigiTech Whammy

Being one of the pedals that pretty much-shocked people when they heard it in some of the famous rock songs, there's a lot of stuff that you can do with DigiTech's Whammy. The breakthrough moment for it was most likely when Tom Morello recorded a solo for "Killing in the Name" with it, implementing it in a really tasteful way while savagely jumping an octave up every second note.

In addition, you can also use this pedal to either go down an octave lower, like Jack White did to emulate bass on The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Or, perhaps, you can just mix in another interval with an unprocessed signal to imitate a classic octaver effect.

The pedal clearly opens up a world of possibilities and just brings standard pitch shifter effects to a whole new level. Whether you want to use it like Morello or Jack White, it's up to you in the end. It also comes as an exciting pedal to combine with other effects, ultimately creating that weird "digitalized" or "robotic" tone, like the one you'd hear with synth guitars. Definitely a legendary pedal worth checking out.

There is an abundance of modes on it, with different intervals that you can go going either up or down – like the 5th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, an octave, or even two whole octaves up or down. We guarantee that you will not find anything like DigiTech Whammy out there.

Strymon Big Sky Reverb

Now going over to some more modern and, ultimately, less known effects...

Most of the guitar players, whether they play lead or rhythm, usually need something to make their sound less "dry." For this purpose, some prefer a delay and some might go with a reverb. However, The Strymon introduced a reverb pedal like no other, called Big Sky.

In fact, this is unlike any other classic reverb pedal out there. With the Big Sky, you're blessed with 12 different types of reverb, 8 control knobs, and 3 different switches to give a completely new dimension to the effect. The name, Big Sky, perfectly describes the pedal, since it gives the completely new spacious feel to it, something that not many reverb or delay pedals are completely capable of.

Whether you want to replicate the tone of a small room with hard walls, or a great spacious and "divine" feel of a cathedral – you can do it all with Strymon's Big Sky. Each of the reverb types has different parameters that can be controlled with "Param 1" and "Param 2" knobs.

This one comes in handy for all those who like experimental ambient sounds in their music. At the same time, you can also use it as a classic reverb but only with a different twist and a new dimension added to it.

Analog Man King of Tone

We are all aware of the importance of distortions, overdrives, or fuzz pedals. It wouldn't be that far from the truth to say that every signal chain pretty much revolves around the dirt box of your choice. Kowing this, it is extremely important to have a good quality distortion somewhere in there.

And it's always worth it to pay well above the average to have a quality distortion pedal. While it is really difficult to find these days, and it's become pretty expensive out there in the market, there is a reason behind this pedal's fame and demand. The name "King of Tone" pretty much explains it.

This pedal, made by a small company called Analog Man, is done by special orders and people sometimes wait for months to get their hands on it. It features two separate sections, turned on and off by two separate switches. Both sections have volume, tone, and drive knobs and both provide unique and warm tones, typical of analog effects.

The price might discourage some, but it's definitely a unique piece with something that you won't easily find in other pedals.

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