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Top 8 Best Guitar Synth Pedals of 2015 – Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to our Top 8 Best Guitar Synth Pedals of 2015 – Buyer's Guide! In our ongoing quest to find the very best guitar effects pedals available today, we've decided to delve into the obscure market of guitar synthesizer pedals. In the tradition of our Best Fuzz Pedals and … [Read More...]

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Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme is the final evolution of the legendary Pharaoh fuzz distortion pedal. The Pharaoh has long been known for its plethora of musical fuzz tones that forge a link between your guitar and amp without masking the inherent character of each. This … [Read More...]

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Darkglass Electronics Duality Review – Best Bass Fuzz Pedal for Guitar?

It's probably incorrect to label the Darkglass Electronics Duality Dual Fuzz Engine as a bass fuzz pedal. Sure, the company's focus seems to be on the low-end of the frequency spectrum, their logo of 6 swirling bass clefs making that pretty obvious. But the very nature of Duality … [Read More...]

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El Músico Loco Wee Beaver Fuzz Review – Best Mini Fuzz Pedal?

“Good things come in small packages.” How about awesome sounds come from small pedals? At least that's what we hope for when plugging into pretty much any new pedal for the first time. And as pedals get smaller and smaller, is it possible that the sound can get bigger and … [Read More...]

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ZVex Fuzzolo Review – Best Micro Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

There's been a growing trend in recent years towards smaller, more pedalboard friendly enclosures. It's understandable as sometimes you just need a few sounds from a pedal or use it infrequently and don't really need it taking up much precious pedalboard real estate. And more … [Read More...]

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Menatone The PoPo Fuzz Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

Menatone's The PoPo Fuzz takes me back to my first experience playing through Menatone pedals. I was trying out overdrive and distortion pedals at Rudy's Music in NYC when an employee came over with a King of the Britains and Blue Collar Overdrive. The little combo amp I was … [Read More...]

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CostaLab Sun Drive & Moon Drive Review – Best “Big Muff” Distortion Pedals?

The original Big Muff Pi is arguably one of the most famous distortion pedals ever created. This lasting popularity has led to countless variations, spin-offs, and clones over the years, some of which have become highly regarded in their own right. The Italian-made CostaLab Sun … [Read More...]

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Dr. Scientist The Elements Review – Best Boost/Overdrive/Distortion Pedal?

There many pedals that try to do it all, to offer a solution for many different guitar tone needs from a single stompbox. But while many such Jack-of-all-trades pedals exist, most of them end up being a master of none. At best, they excel in one area while falling short in others. … [Read More...]

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J. Rockett WTF Fuzz Review – Best Overdrive/Fuzz Pedal?

The J. Rockett WTF Fuzz is a fuzz pedal for people who don't like fuzz. This is one of those very special fuzz pedals that offers something a little different from the norm. The WTF Fuzz can produce mild overdrive sounds all the way up to intense sub-oscillating fuzz effects. It's … [Read More...]

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El Rey Effects Mystic Ouija Fuzz Review – Best Fuzz/Distortion Pedal?

I've been really intrigued by El Rey Effects lately. James and Co. have a passion for creating great high-quality boutique effects that are within reach of guitarists on a budget. And the cool supernatural styling of their latest offerings, the Mystic Ouija Fuzz and Fuzz de la … [Read More...]

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Malekko Diabolik JMJ Review – Best Bass Fuzz Pedal for Guitar?

The Diabolik JMJ is the rad new Justin Meldal-Johnsen signature harmonic analog bass fuzz pedal from Malekko. Justin worked closely with Malekko to fine tune their B:ASSMASTER circuit for even more low-end and a simpler control setup in a very compact form-factor. According to … [Read More...]

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Sam Ash Fuzzz Boxx Review – Best Vintage Reissue Fuzz Pedal?

The late 60's was arguably the golden age of the fuzz. After the success of the Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone and Sola Sound Tone Bender, fuzz pedals became all the rave. Vox, Marshall, and Rotosound all released variations of fuzz pedals, and of course, the Arbiter Fuzz Face needs no … [Read More...]

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JHS Pedals 4-Wheeler Review – Best Bass Fuzz Pedal for Guitar?

Josh Scott over at JHS Pedals certainly knows a thing or two about making a great fuzz pedal. The Pollinator, Bun Runner, and Mini Foot Fuzz all showcase his skills at creating exceptional fuzz pedals that fill a wide range of great fuzz tones. The 4-Wheeler is his take on a … [Read More...]

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JHS Pedals Mini Foot Fuzz Review – Best Mini Fuzz Pedal?

The Mini Foot Fuzz has become one of JHS Pedal's best selling fuzz pedals. There's just something enticing about taking a high-gain 2-knob silicon fuzz and cramming it into the tiniest enclosure possible. That's a huge plus since a fuzz this small could certainly find its way onto … [Read More...]

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Tone Hungry Effects Hunger Bender Review – Best “Tone Bender” Fuzz Pedal?

The legendary Tone Bender needs no introduction, being one of the original distortion effects pedals from the mid-60's and adopted by such legendary guitarists as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson, and countless other guitar players over the years. It has come in many iterations … [Read More...]

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SolidGoldFX Formula 76 Review – Best “Super/Standard” Fuzz Pedal?

There are plenty of octave up fuzz pedals out there, but few of them offer as much raging fuzz tenacity as the SolidGoldFX Formula 76. This pedal was inspired by classic mid 70's Japanese octave up fuzz pedals such as the Super Fuzz and Standard Fuzz but adds more control and … [Read More...]

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Rivera Amplification Metal Shaman Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

There is no shortage of so-called “metal” distortion pedals out there. Plenty of companies put out pedals that promise raging full-stack tones in a box. But if you've ever played some of these pedals, you've probably noticed that they often fall short of delivering the … [Read More...]

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Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

There's something quite alluring about the peculiar pedals coming from the Canadian husband and wife duo collectively known as Dr. Scientist. Their pedals are hand-made from the highest quality components, are superbly functional, and are simply stunning to behold. The Dr. … [Read More...]

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SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 BC183CC Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

There are 2 primary flavors of fuzz, each distinguished by the types of transistors used to generate the distortion: Germanium and Silicon. Both Germanium and Silicon transistors have been in use since the late 60's, and both have subtle characteristics that make them the … [Read More...]

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JHS Pedals Bun Runner Review – Best Tone Bender Fuzz Pedal?

You want a whole lotta fuzz? The JHS Pedals Bun Runner is an ultimate 2-in-1 fuzz pedal offering the wild Silicon fuzz of their Astro Mess pedal on the left side and a heavily modified Germanium Tone Bender on the right. Either option in a single pedal would provide plenty of … [Read More...]

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Cusack Music Tap-A-Fuzz Review – Best Overdrive/Fuzz Pedal?

I love a good overdrive. I also love strange and bizarre fuzz pedals. And anytime a company puts some kind of creative spin on a classic design, it gets my attention. The Cusack Music Tap-A-Fuzz takes their great-sounding Screamer Fuzz pedal and combines it with waveform … [Read More...]

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JHS Pedals Pollinator Review – Best Germanium “Fuzz Face” Pedal?

Guitarists have been chasing that classic “Fuzz Face” sound for over 40 years. And while various iterations of “Fuzz Face” style pedals are still being released, many guitarists feel that few of the modern incarnations capture the same mojo as the original vintage units. … [Read More...]

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Red Witch Fuzz God II Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Red Witch Fuzz God II is the successor to Red Witch's Fuzz God pedal, offering a welcome twist with some silicon fuzz flavor in contrast to the germanium original. Like the dying god, Osiris, the original Fuzz God has made way for a new king to resume his throne. And what a … [Read More...]

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Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DrFF-3 (and Igor) Review – Most Extreme Fuzz?

There's something about Rainger FX that stands apart from most guitar effects pedal manufacturers. While some companies design outlandish effects every now and then, they primarily do that on the side it seems while providing more traditional effects as standard. Not Rainger FX. … [Read More...]

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Demeter Amplification Fuzzy Octavulator Review – Best Octave Fuzz Pedal?

I was very intrigued by this pedal from the moment I heard about it. Imagine a fuzz pedal that promises “Hendrix in a box” tones, features both LED and Germanium-flavored fuzz, and has an octave up function. It's also designed by legendary amp guru, James Demeter, and is … [Read More...]

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EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper Octave Fuzz Review – Best Fuzz Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices has built a solid reputation for creating some of the most innovate effects pedals around. EQD pedals such as the Arpanoid, Rainbow Machine, Bit Commander, Organizer, and The Depths are expanding the boundaries of effects pedal design into new realms of … [Read More...]

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Walrus Audio Janus Review – Most Innovative Fuzz/Tremolo Pedal?

I've played a lot of great pedals. And I've played a lot of really great fuzz and tremolo pedals. And I've seen and played some really interesting conceptual pedals that capture a unique vibe unlike anything else around. And still, every now and then, a pedal comes along that … [Read More...]

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Empress Effects Fuzz Review – Best Guitar Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

While there is certainly no shortage of great fuzz pedals out there, a few of which have come to define some of the great sounds of fuzz, there are still many newer fuzz pedals that strive to improve on the classic designs and carve out new sounds entirely. The Empress Fuzz seems … [Read More...]

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Pro Co RAT2 Review – Best Guitar Distortion Effects Pedal?

The RAT distortion pedals by Pro Co have attained legendary status for their distinct drive sounds and have become a standard by which other distortion pedals are measured. While many iterations of the RAT have existed over the years, most versions have distinctive similarities: … [Read More...]

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Free The Tone Heat Blaster HB-2 Review – Best Guitar Distortion Pedal?

Yuki Hayashi, an acclaimed guitar pedal designer and engineer from Japan, once had a dream. In this dream he heard a sound, a distorted guitar sound unlike any he had heard before yet similar to a high-gain tube amp. Upon waking, he rushed to his design lab, mentally visualizing … [Read More...]

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Death By Audio Thee Ffuzz Warr Overload Review – Best Fuzz Pedal?

Death By Audio, the Brooklyn-based madhouse behind such sound manglers as the Apocalypse and Echo Dream 2 Lo-Fi Delay, have again taken fuzz pedal design to new extreme territories. The original Fuzz War has become a modern fuzz classic in its own right. Thee Ffuzz Warr Overload … [Read More...]

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Death By Audio Apocalypse Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

This is it. The Apocalypse. Death By Audio have cemented a legacy over the past decade of creating some of the most extreme and intense fuzz distortion effects pedals available, and the Apocalypse is no exception. And Death By Audio are no slouches when it comes to packing … [Read More...]

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Xotic Effects SL Drive Review – Best Marshall Super Lead/Bass Pedal?

There have been countless effects pedal makers over the years seeking to emulate the sought-after tones of the legendary Marshall Super Lead and Super Bass amp heads. And now after the runaway success of the EP Booster and SP Compressor, updated emulations inspired by the Echoplex … [Read More...]

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Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker Review – Best Muff Ever?

In recent years Electro Harmonix has taken the legacy of the classic Big Muff Pi to bold new places with pedals such as the Metal Muff with Top Boost and Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi. The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker gets back to basics by offering the original Big Muff Pi sound while … [Read More...]

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ZVex Fat Fuzz Factory Review – Best Guitar & Bass Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

Ever since the introduction of the classic fuzz pedals of the late 1960's and early 70's, guitarists have craved the smooth saturation and hairy distortion of a great fuzz pedal. In the mid 1990's Zachary Vex created the Fuzz Factory with with even more tonal flexibility for what … [Read More...]

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Electro Harmonix Metal Muff with Top Boost Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

This is a Muff unlike any you've heard before. Electro Harmonix pushed it to the extreme when creating the Metal Muff with Top Boost to deliver their most crushing distortion pedal ever. Is it the best metal distortion pedal out there? You'll find out in our Electro Harmonix Metal … [Read More...]

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ZVex Box of Metal Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

The ZVex Box of Metal aims to be your one-stomp box for delivering crushing heavy metal gain. While this pedal may appear to be aimed at metalheads looking for their next gain fix, I discovered that there's a bit more to this box than meets the eye. Is it the best distortion … [Read More...]

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Xotic BB Preamp Review – Best Guitar Distortion Pedal?

There are few pedals as hard to classify as the Xotic BB Preamp. At first glance I assumed it was just another distortion pedal. But the BB Preamp aims to be a lot more than that. With uses ranging from a transparent clean boost, to a blistering overdrive, or a singing distortion, … [Read More...]

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Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review – Best Guitar Distortion Pedal?

The Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal has been around for over 30 years, long enough to be regarded as a certifiable classic. Guitar legends such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Kurt Cobain have used this pedal for guitar sounds heard by millions. Is it really that good? And at a cost … [Read More...]

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Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

Gain-obsessed guitarists have long searched for heaviest and most extreme distortion sounds. As distortion effects pedals became the norm for pushing amps over the edge into extreme gain territory, along came pedals such as the Boss MT-2 to push heavy distortion to its limits. … [Read More...]

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Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

Is it a fuzz? Is it a distortion? No, it's a Muff! The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi has been around for decades providing guitarists with a fuzz-like distortion that you won't find anywhere else. With all the competing variations of fuzz and distortion effects pedals available, … [Read More...]

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