Arielle reveals why she doesn’t use effects pedals: “If I want to push the boundaries of guitar, it’s not going to be by using a pedal”

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Though there’s something inherently satisfying about a fully stocked, well-assembled pedalboard – and while a wide assortment of pedals can contribute to a broader palette of accessible sounds – such a rig does not always equate to better tone.

In other words, sometimes less really is more, and it’s an adage that particularly applies to the guitar world: pair a reliable electric guitar with a half-decent tube amp, and your ears will usually thank you for it.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.