I am not talking about brands of pedals, because everyone has their own taste in brand. What I am talking about is the actual effect pedal. If you were to help a new worship leader get started from the technical side, what effect pedals should he or she have.

Once again, I know that the effects are a matter of taste, and I am not a new worship leader, but I always wonder what others are using and in what situations are they used.

I use three pedals, just because that is all I have. I use an equalization pedal, chorus pedal, and an overdrive pedal (rarely).

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For my acoustic guitar I use an LR Baggs Acoustic DI Box which gives me a beautiful and rich acoustic sound (I count it as one of my pedals), and a Super Chorus Pedal, and an Analog Delay Pedal; for my electric guitar I use the same Super Chorus pedal, Analog Delay pedal, Blues Driver pedal, and a Metal Zone pedal, basically I have something for when I need a good clean sound, something for a good distortion rock sound, and a good crunch sound for some harder rocking songs... I try to cover all ends of the spectrum, oh, and the analog delay is good for effects on some solo's... hope this helps

Jon Cowart
Worship Pastor
The Grace Place - Mobile, AL
I have found that the following are useful with an electric guitar setup:
Volume Pedal, a 'mild' overdrive, an 'extreme' overdrive, a wah, and a delay or phrase sampling device. If you put the two overdrives in series and you have electronics that play nicely with each other, you really have 4 basic tones. 1 = clean, 2 = slightly dirty, 3 = more dirty, 4 = both overdrives @ the same time (which should put you in intentional feedback territory)

I enjoy pedals a lot (used to sell quite a few) and one thing to remember is that effects pedals (like guitars and amplifiers) are dynamic devices. They'll sound different in your rig than they will with exactly the same settings in somebody else's. There are other factors that impact their performance, like the type of guitar / amp you have, your playing style in general, etc...

I would think that if you're leading, you'll want to keep it fairly simple so you're not tap-dancing for the entire set. Better left to a sideman for that sort of thing. : )

Sounds to me like you have a good start, Lee, as both the delay and the wah are things that are used more sparingly than the overdrive.
Keep it simple

For accoustic playing, I would recommend the volume pedal (swells seem to be really useful in worship music, depending on your church culture) and a chorus pedal. Oh, and of course, an inline tuner like the Boss TU2. Beyond that, an accoustic guitar can start to get really muddy, and I know - I used to have everything hooked up through it before, including a digital effects unit with 99 sounds!

If I'm playing my electric, then I throw in the digital delay (yeah, really helps the instrumentals! just ask Lincoln...), as well as your favorite type of distortions. I've really taken a shine to the Boss Super Overdrive SD-1 (sorry to name brands).

I agree about leaving the wide tapestry of pedal mixing to a seperate lead guitar player. If you're the worship leader, you need to be concentrating on leading the congregation. Too many distractions can interfere with that very easily.
I appreciate the participation so far and I agree whole hearted with all of you. I've always believed that the leader should keep it simple and allow the fluff to come from an auxillary guitar.

I have always wondered what different worship leaders were using.

Keep it coming!
Tell that to Lincoln Brewster! ;)

I cover many of the complex guitar parts in our services, even when leading, because we are still developing talent in the lead guitar position. I will usually defer to another guitar player if he feels capable and confident of carrying the part.

BTW, my standards are volume, wah, chorus, overdrive, classic distortion, and digital delay while playing electric.

No pedals for the acoustic; it sounds great the way it is.
I don't there are many worship leaders that can lead and produce guitar fluff of the quality of Lincoln Brewster at the same time! I've never seen any, anyway.
I've never seen him live. Does he play all that amazing stuff while leading?
I like to keep it simple. For acoustic guitar I never really use any effect (mainly I think it´s enough just to add a little comp and reverb at the mixer). For electric I seldom use more than two pedals - one "two-step" distortion (like e.g. the rocktron silverdragon) and a digital tap delay. Simple and easy -> makes me focus on playing well, and not getting too occupied by pedals and end up looking like a tapdancer :) t*
I use a Zoom A2.1u pedal with my acoustic when I'm leading. It's one of those multi-effect boxes - if I'm not leading I might add a little delay to it, but generally I use it to add a touch of reverb and a fair amount of compression, which helps as I swap between picking and strumming quite frequently.

It's got a good mute/tuner setting too, which can be useful :)
me too, man. i love mine. so simple. i wish i could spend more time making patches for it though. if you play electric, you should check-out zoom's g2.1nu. i go direct with it and it sounds good. it also comes with cubase software for your pc. i really wish i had time to play with that.
Man, this thread really floors me. You're talking to a guy who posted this in December of 2008. His last post on this forum was in 2009. What suddenly makes a thread come back to life? Maybe Mister Metcalfe will become active again.
whoops! i wasn't paying attention to dates. i haven't been on in quite some time.


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