Samantha Fish says ditching her pedals “made me a better guitar player”

Samantha Fish
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Is there such a thing as too many guitar pedals? Many sage players maintain that tone is all in the fingers, and it seems Samantha Fish would agree. The guitarist and vocalist says she made the call to lose her “massive” pedalboard five years ago, reaping the playing benefits of a simpler setup. 

In a new interview with MusicRadar, the guitarist and vocalist says, “I did away with pedals, probably about five years ago. I wasn’t using anything, just going straight into an amp. Before that, I had this massive pedalboard but I realised I was using it as a crutch rather than finding good tone in my hands. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.