Four To The Floor

The un­sung ped­al­board he­roes of tone

Total Guitar - - BLACK PEAKS -

1. EQ

A great way of lift­ing your sound and a boost you can fine-tune to taste – as well as shap­ing the iconic tones fea­tured here in a more de­tailed way be­fore the amp.

2. Boost

A ba­sic clean, trans­par­ent boost is a vi­tal tool for help­ing your leads and solo sec­tions cut through or­gan­i­cally in the mix of a band.

3. Com­pres­sion

A hugely over­looked ef­fect. Com­pres­sion can bal­ance louds and softs for clean pick­ing and fin­ger­style. It can also even out of a phaser, flanger or wah’s peaks and troughs if placed af­ter them .

4. Wah

Many peo­ple think wah and go off on a wacka wacka funky tan­gent but set­ting one in po­si­tion (known as parked or cocked) can be a great way to hit a sweet spot and most midrange fre­quen­cies - see Mick Ron­son’s work with Bowie. There are even pedals ded­i­cated to a parked ef­fect.

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