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Four Must-Have Guitar Pedals

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This video is about a year old, but it’s a good one to get guitarists thinking about what gear they really need and what gear is superfluous to their work. In it, Phillip McKnight tells what he thinks are the four must-have guitar pedals for every player—though your choices may differ.

“I show the four pedals I would use if I ditched all my pedals,” Phillip says, “and explain why.” Take a look, share your thoughts, and tell us what must-have pedals are in your set-up. As always, be sure to visit Phillip’s YouTube channel for more of his great videos.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.