Every electric guitarist has a favorite pedal. Some are happy with the use of a single distortion stompbox, others like the occasional reverb and some are more than content with nothing more than a delay pedal. But for musicians who really want to broaden their playing possibilities, a single effect simply isn't enough and that's when switch pedals come in handy. These unique units allow experimental musicians to go from one effect to another effortlessly, or even use multiple effects simultaneously.
From Lehle and Morley to Voodoo Lab and Boss, these companies have earned themselves solid reputations in the music industry for their switch effects pedals and it's easy to see that when you consider how many best-selling items make up this catalog. For example, check out the Radial Engineering BigShot EFX Effects Loop. What you have here is a true-bypass effects loop switcher that allows you to set up two separate loops and insert them into your chain of pedals. It even lets you turn pedals on and off at will when an effects loop is on "standby", then turn on as many as you'd like with a single stomp.
Another popular unit is the Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher Guitar Footswitch. By using 4 true-bypass loops to send your signal only to the ones you're using, this footswitch keeps your tone dynamic and pure no matter how many effects are used during your performance. You'll even find choices for bass players in this catalog, and the Lehle RMI Basswitch IQ DI - - Pro Equipment Pedal gives you the quality of a rack-mounted high-end preamp and direct box in a single stomp box format. Combined with state-of-the-art signal routing technology, parametric EQ, a clean booster and more, the Basswitch IQ DI bass preamp is an all-in-one solution for bassists with serious ambitions.
It would take all day to cover every single switch effects pedal in these pages, so at this point we'll leave you free to do some exploring. If you fancy yourself a guitarist who likes to be adventurous with their sound on stage or in the studio, it only makes sense to own a switch effects pedal and this section is exploding with options.