Guitar effects processors took the six-string to another realm of creativity when they came out in the late-'60s and early-'70s, and they offered the artist an outlet to produce more vibrant music. Utah native and resident John Johnson was one of the first pioneers of pedals, aka stomp boxes, as the co-founder of legendary pedal-makers DigiTech and DOD Electronics with David DiFrancesco.
Johnson won’t accept responsibility for inventing the guitar-effects pedal, but he will claim many firsts: He says that DigiTech created the first digital-delay pedal (PDS 1000, 1984), digital-reverb pedal (Pedalverb, 1986), multi-effects rack-mount processor (DSP 128, 1987), multi-effects floor controller (RP1, 1988), pitch-bending pedal (The Whammy, 1989), polyphonic vocal effects (The Vocalist, 1991)—the list goes on.
*Johnson is holding a replica of the original DOD 250 preamp pedal in his right hand and DigiTech’s latest and greatest RP360XP in his left—the full evolution of guitar effects pedals in one frame.
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