If you’re unhappy with your tone or simply want to try something different, your first instinct may be to reach for a different guitar or go amp shopping. If that’s the case, it’s totally understandable - those are the two most obvious components of your rig. However, next time you find yourself looking to make a change, consider adding some new pedals to your arsenal, or if you’ve already amassed a good number of pedals, try some new ones. There are a few reasons for this:
And let’s face it, most musicians are constantly buying and selling gear. In addition to local classifieds, online marketplaces are a great way to get rid of the gear you no longer need - though shipping is necessary. As such, it is often cheaper and easier to sell or trade a pedal online as it is much more compact than an amp or speaker cabinet. If you’re finicky about gear and tend to sell equipment often, pedals may be a better fit for you.
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There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.