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Today's Guitar Effects Processor: The Guitarists Sonic Arsenal

Electric guitar and effects go together like vodka and orange juice. There are few, if any, guitarists today that don't experiment with the different guitar effects available - and there are many. With the choice of several companies which make a bass guitar processor or guitar effects processors, it is much easier to obtain that signature tone you are looking for. You can even reproduce a perfect acoustic guitar tone directly from your Les Paul or Stratocaster with a guitar modeler - something unheard of only a few years ago. So, which effects processor should you choose?

The huge guitar effects pedalboard used by the classic artists like Pat Travers or Jon Petrucci are still around today, but with the plethora of choices in guitar effects processors there is no need to spend the money to recreate these behemoths like there used to be.

Effects Processors Come in All Shapes and Sizes
These days you can get the cream of the crop multi effects unit for under $100. Units that used to cost several thousand dollars, thanks to advances in technology, cost only hundreds (and sometimes less).

There are so many shapes and sizes - rack mountable, stomp box and floor to name a few. A popular manufacturer of guitar effects, Zoom, even made a palm sized units that can be attached to a guitar or set on top of your guitar amp. They're made for use on stage, for direct recording, for the studio and of course are optimized for electric guitar or for bass guitar. The choices are endless.

The Stompbox on Steroids
These days a guitar processor is more than just an effects unit. Of course, most multi effects units contain the standard array of effects like distortion or overdrive, reverb, chorus, delay or echo, flanger and EQ. Many of today's processors, like the Korg guitar effects line,  contain both hardware and software which emulate - or model - classic tube amps and guitars. This is done by creating computer models of the sonic qualities of the preamp and drive sections of amplifier manufacturers.

This modeling of real world hardware is done using software embedded on computer chips. The great thing about this is that as the manufacturer gets better at emulating the sounds of a vintage amp or guitar, they can simply release a new chip to update all of their customer's devices easily.

Getting what you desire in a guitar effects processor
With the diversity in today's guitar effects processors, it should be easy to get exactly what you want in a processor. Guitar effects processors come in all price ranges and configurations. Many are MIDI compatible making controlling parameters on the fly easy. As long as you thoroughly research what you want in a guitar processor, taking into account the features, the price range you can afford and the form factor you desire, you should easily find a processor that will define your personal tone - which is what having a guitar effects processor is all about.