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Red Witch Synthotron Review – Best Analog Guitar Synth Pedal?

I love strange and bizarre guitar pedals. Any pedal that makes a guitar sound not like a guitar grabs my attention. And every time a new guitar synth pedal comes out, I've gotta try it. And a guitar synth from a company like Red Witch, makers of such gems as the Empress Chorus, Violetta ... Read More
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Free the Tone Solderless Cable Kit Review – Best Guitar Pedalboard Patch Cables?

So you've bought a bunch of guitar pedals, then built your own pedalboard or picked up one pre-assembled. Now you're ready to connect all your pedals. You can go with pre-cut cables of various lengths and often end up with excess cable or come up just a few inches short of reach. Trust me, ... Read More
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Rivera RockCrusher Recording Review – Best Guitar Amp Attenuator for Recording?

Rivera already had a hit with the RockCrusher, known among studio pros for being one of the most transparent guitar amp attenuators around. Now the Rivera RockCrusher Recording adds a 100% all analog 11-band EQ Speaker Emulator to Rivera's acclaimed attenuator and load box. This results in what may not only be the most ... Read More
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Walrus Audio Descent Review – Best Octave/Shimmer Reverb Effects Pedal?

Walrus Audio have developed a reputation for crafting high quality analog guitar pedals over the last few years. There's also no mistaking that they make some of the coolest looking and beautifully designed pedals as well, particularly attributed to their eye-catching graphic artwork. But while gazing at their pedals may induce love at first ... Read More
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Keeley Electronics C4 4-Knob Compressor Review – Best Compression Pedal?

Reviewing the Keeley Electronics “4-Knob” Compressor almost seems redundant. After all, this is the pedal that put Keeley Electronics on the map and helped make Robert Keeley one of the most respected names in the boutique pedal industry. There's no question as to whether the 4-Knob Compressor is a good pedal. It's a certified ... 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 playing through suddenly became a ... Read More
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Red Witch Violetta Delay Review – Best Analog Voiced Delay Pedal?

Red Witch have garnered quite a reputation over the years as a builder of premium analog guitar pedals of uncompromising audio quality. Diverse pedals such as the Empress Chorus, Synthotron, and Fuzz God II showcase this expertise well. Insistent on exploring new frontiers, Red Witch released their Seven Sisters line of effects featuring 7 different ... Read More
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MOOG MF Trem Minifooger Review - Best Analog Tremolo Pedal?

The guitar effects industry is and always has been an eye-filling landscape pockmarked with never-ending, cavernous rabbit holes. Some of us who traverse this plane seeking a sound all our own find ourselves unproductively wrapped up in ancillary selling points, designating ever-changing value and brokering favor based on how high the latest offering sets ... Read More

EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run Review - Best Stereo Delay/Reverb Pedal?

For the better part of the last year and a half, my existence as an effects aficionado has trembled in the shadow of a great rectangular force, its chthonic tendrils gently coaxing me into fantasies laden thick with ambient wash. I am, of course, referring to EarthQuaker’s much sought after atmospheric cornerstone, the Avalanche ... 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, this pedal ... 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. But leave it to Josh over at JHS Pedals to put ... Read More
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Ibanez TS808HW Hand-Wired Tube Screamer Review – Best Overdrive Pedal?

The Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer is one of the all-time classic overdrive pedals, most notably used by legendary blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to achieve his signature sound. Three knobs - Level, Tone, & Overdrive - and that all-important JRC4558D chip form the basis for the classic mid-boosted tones the Tube Screamer is known ... Read More
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Free the Tone Silky Comp Review – Best Boutique Compression Pedal?

The Silky Comp is a guitar compression pedal by Japan-based Free the Tone. It is boutique compressor pedal of the finest craftsmanship, each being handmade one-by-one from the highest quality parts. The labels of the Silky Comp are even hand-written and signed by Yuki Hayashi, owner and president of Free the Tone and one ... Read More
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Fulltone OCD Review – Best Overdrive Pedal for Guitar?

If you're a guitarist who's obsessed with tone, then Fulltone might just have the pedal for you. The Obsessive Compulsive Drive, or OCD for short, uses a unique multi-stage distortion circuit designed to help you achieve the dynamic feeling and harmonics typical of high-grade tube amps. Will this guitar pedal become your new obsession? ... Read More
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MXR Carbon Copy Review - Best Analog Delay Pedal?

With so many guitar players looking for that elusive warm analog delay sound, the folks over at MXR decided to do the unthinkable. They created a real analog delay for the masses that incorporates retro bucket brigade technology and packs it into a pedal the size of a Phase 90. Best of all, it's ... Read More
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Strymon DIG Review – Best Dual Digital Delay Pedal?

The Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay pedal follows in the foot-steps of the widely acclaimed El Capistan & TimeLine delay pedals and is aimed at replicating and expanding upon classic rack delay units from the 1980's. The DIG features 3 delay types – an early 80's inspired adm mode, a mid 80's 12 bit ... 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 supposedly even capable ... Read More
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ZVex Fuzz Factory 7 Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The ZVex Fuzz Factory was already one of the best, if not the best, fuzz distortion pedal of the past 20 years. Not content with this established legacy, ZVex brought us the Fat Fuzz Factory in early 2013, same as the original Fuzz Factory but with 2 additional oscillation modes for even “fatter” fuzz ... Read More
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Free The Tone Heat Blaster HB-2 Review – Best Guitar Distortion Pedal?

Yuki Hayashi, an acclaimed engineer and designer of guitar pedals, 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 the circuitry schematic on his way, ... Read More
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Old Blood Noise Haunt Fuzz Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

There are more indy pedal builders in the world today than ever before. We are truly in the golden age of guitar pedals, and frankly, there are a lot more great builders & pedals that deserve your attention than we have the time and resources to provide with in-depth review coverage. But one standout ... Read More
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MXR M-101 Phase 90 Review – Best Guitar Phaser Pedal?

There's nothing like a good old phaser pedal for adding some spacy ambience to your sound. Want to know what it sounds like? Listen to Van Halen's first album. It's everywhere. And what did Eddie Van Halen use for those classic phased tones? The MXR Phase 90. After all these years, does it still ... Read More
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Menatone's The King. Review – Best “Marshall” Distortion Pedal?

I'll never forget the first time I first played a Menatone pedal. I was at Rudy's Music on the famous “Music Row”, a strip on 48th St in Manhattan once lined with music stores. This store in particular was the place to go in NYC for boutique guitar pedals. After trying a bunch of ... Read More
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Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter Review - Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Introduction Aside from the almighty Tube Screamer family of pedals (including the Tube Screamer Mini, TS808HW, etc.) and perhaps some other classics like the SD9 or old Standard Fuzz, Ibanez aren't exactly known for too many offerings in the pedal realm. Partly for that reason, the ES2 Echo Shifter runs the risk of flying ... Read More
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Dwarfcraft Devices Silver Rose V2 Review – Best Dual Fuzz Pedal?

The Dwarfcraft Devices Silver Rose V2 is the most straight-up rock 'n roll fuzz pedal I've ever played. Don't bother reading my review. Go buy it. Okay, maybe you should know a little more about it first. Well, it's 2 awesome fuzz pedals in 1. You can play through them both at the same ... Read More
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TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay Review – Best Micro Delay Pedal?

If you're not familiar with TC Electronic's esteemed pedigree when it comes to delays (and seriously, where have you been!?), just skip over to our review of the awesome Flashback X4 Delay/Looper to get the scoop on what's current. So basically, TC Electronic have crammed several decades worth of classic delay tones into a tiny ... Read More

Meris Ottobit Jr. Review

  Meris surprised the gear world in January 2017 when they revealed the Ottobit Jr., a compact guitar pedal inspired by their 500 series Ottobit bit-crusher but with added stutter, filter, and sequence-able pitch effects. While Meris has been producing 500 series pro-audio gear since 2014, the Ottobit Jr. was their first pedal release, ... Read More

Empress Reverb Review – Best Reverb Pedal Ever?

When I first heard of this thing called “The Empress Reverb”, I was kinda like “Yeah… I need another reverb like I need a hole in the head.” Already a very satisfied Strymon BigSky user, I was the reverb pedal equivalency of a married man. Show me another one and I’d hold up my ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices The Depths Review – Best "Uni-Vibe" Modulation Pedal?

Guitarists have long-sought quality guitar pedals that simulate the three dimensional sounds of a Leslie rotating speaker cabinet, an effect originally designed for use with organ that delivers lush, swirling soundscapes. The first effect to emulate the rotary sound was the Uni-Vibe, and although it failed to accurately reproduce an authentic rotary sound, it become ... Read More
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Boss CH-1 Super Chorus Review – Best Guitar Chorus Pedal?

Other chorus guitar pedals have come and gone, but the Boss CH-1 Super Chorus has remained in production for over 20 years. There's something about this pedal that has made it a popular choice for guitarists looking for a lush chorus sound to add some spatial character to their tone. In our Boss CH-1 ... Read More

EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter Review

  The mad scientists in Akron have done it again. The Data Corrupter is one of the latest offerings from Earthquaker Devices and is likely to help you get started on that Summer home improvement by peeling the paint off all your walls. Earthquaker Devices have created their own spin on the familiar PLL-style ... 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, it's time we put this EHX classic ... Read More
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Walrus Audio Aetos Review – Best Small / Medium Pedalboard Power Supply?

After reviewing the Walrus Audio Janus fuzz/tremolo and Descent reverb, I fell in love with the unique design aesthetic of this company and their quality guitar pedals. Naturally, I was very excited to hear about the Walrus Audio Aetos as who better to make a pedal power supply than a company who also specializes ... 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, who apparently has a knack for making guitar ... Read More
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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Review – Best Delay/Looper Guitar Pedal?

Hailing from a legacy that began with the classic 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay rack unit and drawing upon the recent breakthrough success of the Flashback Delay and Looper, the Flashback X4 is TC Electronic's flagship delay & looper pedal. And what a monster of a delay it is! With 16 selectable delay types, 3 ... Read More
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Xotic EP Booster Review – Best Guitar Clean Boost Pedal?

Once upon a time there was a legendary piece of guitar gear. It was called the Echoplex (EP-3). Many great guitarists from lands distant and near used this epic device to create tones of legend still sought after to this day. These noteworthy guitar giants include, to name but a few, Jimmy Page, Eric ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar Review – Best Guitar Synth Pedal?

Having already been greatly impressed by the fast and responsive polyphonic tracking of the POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator, I had a feeling the Ravish Sitar was going to be something special. While its name gives away the source of inspiration for the creation of this pedal, the Ravish Sitar offers a whole new world ... Read More
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Molten Voltage Tempode Review – Best MIDI Clock Pedal Syncing Solution?

Tap tempo has long been a blessing to guitarists, being a notable improvement to synchronization on delay pedals. Instead of adjusting tape heads on an echo machine or turning a knob, today you can just tap in a beat and be instantly in time. But let's not forget that with the advent of MIDI (Musical ... Read More
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Boss DS-1 Distortion 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 that any guitarist ... Read More
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Eventide TimeFactor Review – Best Twin Delay Effects Pedal?

The TimeFactor was one of the original stompboxes Eventide released when they first brought their legendary effects expertise to the realm of guitar pedals. Featuring 9 of Eventide's best studio grade delay effects and a Looper, the TimeFactor is potentially the ultimate delay toolbox for covering all your delay needs on stage and in ... Read More
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Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Review – Best Guitar Noise Gate Pedal?

The Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor has long been a mainstay of many pro pedal-boards. Any guitarist who plays at high volumes and gain settings knows that your sound can be easily plagued by hum, hiss, and string noise. A noise gate pedal such as the Boss NS-2 is designed to eliminate these issues from ... Read More
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DryBell Vibe Machine V-2 Review - Best "Uni-Vibe" Pedal?

We previously featured the original DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 and sung its praises for being arguably the best sounding compact “Uni-Vibe” style pedal available in recent years. But DryBell weren't satisfied with how close they already were to vibe perfection, and thus, the Vibe Machine V-2 was born from DryBell's desire to re-create the ... Read More
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J.Rockett Audio Designs Archer Review – Best “Klon Centaur/KTR” Pedal?

The J.Rockett Audio Designs Archer has been drawing a lot of attention lately from tone-obsessed guitarists. You might assume that's only because the Archer is obviously another Klon Centaur inspired pedal. But the story of the Archer is a bit more interesting than that of any mere “Klone”. When Bill Finnegan at Klon decided ... 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 even the most crowded of pedalboards ... Read More
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Cusack Delay TME Review – Best Digital Delay Pedal?

Although Jon Cusack and his company have been on the boutique pedal scene for quite a bit longer than most companies, they've managed to keep up with the times while still packing some of tricks up their sleeve. They recently released their line of "Retro Super-Science" pedals (including the Tremolo AME) which are scaled ... Read More
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Malekko Scrutator Review - Best Bitcrusher/Filter Pedal?

In order for your guitar to make sense to your computer, its signal has to be converted to a series of numbers that represent the crests and troughs of the waveform. These are called samples; the higher the sample rate, the more high-range frequencies can be accurately expressed. Those samples are then recorded as ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Review – Best Experimental Reverb Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices is well-known for creating unique guitar effects with the Rainbow Machine, Bit Commander, and Organizer pedals being great examples of this reputation. And while they already one amazing experimental delay/reverb hybrid pedal in the form of the Disaster Transport SR, one of the best lo-fi delay pedals you'll ever play, EarthQuaker Devices have ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices Arpanoid Review – Best Guitar Arpeggiator Pedal?

If there's one thing that can be expected from EarthQuaker Devices, it's the unexpected. Their pedal range reaches manic extremes, from classic-inspired gems like The Depths, to ultra-modern designs that sometimes go off the deep end like the Bit Commander, Organizer, and Rainbow Machine pedals. The Arpanoid is their latest example of the latter, offering ... Read More
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Gator Cases G-Tour Pedalboard-LGW Review – Best Pedalboard w/ Flight Case?

For performing and touring guitarists who use effects pedals, your pedalboard is one of the most important considerations to be made. You need a pedalboard of adequate size to accommodate all of your effects pedals and power supplies and that is convenient to transport from gig to gig. While a quality pedalboard with flight ... Read More
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Red Panda Particle Review – Best Granular Delay / Pitch Shifter Pedal?

The Red Panda Particle Granular Delay / Pitch Shifter is one of the most creatively original delay pedals I've ever seen and played. If your love for unorthodox effects extends to the realm of computer software, you may have come across some granular delay plugins in recording DAWs like Ableton Live. Well, Red Panda have ... Read More
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Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Behold... the Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M Analog Delay. The original MF-104 and its successors, the MF-104Z and MF-104SD, have become highly sought instant classic pedals. Now the latest and ultimate version of this legendary delay pedal has arrived in the MF-104M. The Moogerfooger MF-104M features the exact same vintage “Bucket Brigade” delay chips as the original MF-104, ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Superego Review – Best Guitar Synth Pedal?

I like to generalize guitar players by dividing them into two categories. One kind of guitarist likes to keep things simple. They just want their favorite guitar, a good amp, and maybe an overdrive or wah on occasion. Other guitarists are a bit more extreme. They'll seek out any and every new way to ... Read More
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Cusack Tremolo AME Review – Best Tremolo Effects Pedal?

Besides spending quite some time with the Cusack Delay TME, I've also had the opportunity to play around with another pedal in Cusack's new "Retro Super-Science" series, the Cusack Tremolo AME (Amplitude Modulation Emulator). This one is yet again a stripped down version of one of their most popular pedals, the Tap-A-Whirl, which is ... Read More
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Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone MKII Review – Best Analog Phaser Pedal?

Chase Bliss Audio recently had me shaking my head and throwing my hands up. After releasing the Warped Vinyl and Wombtone – 2 of the best guitar effects pedals I've ever played – the up and coming builder decided to refine those designs with MKII versions in a surprisingly short time timespan. (The Wombtone ... Read More
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Morley Maverick Review – Best Mini Wah Pedal?

Morley has long been a recognized leader in developing cutting edge wah guitar pedals. This is greatly attributed to their use of innovative and highly accurate electro-optical circuitry over old-fashioned potentiometer controlled wah designs. Many of their wahs even feature switchless technology – which if you've ever had an issue turning off your wah during ... Read More
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Boss DD-7 Review - Best Digital Delay Pedal?

The DD-7 is the successor to a long line of classic boss delay pedals which include the DD-3, DD-5, and DD-6 among others. The Boss DD-7 Digital Delay seems to be a hall-of-fame tribute to all of these pedals as it takes the best features from their history of delay effects and packs them ... Read More
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Strymon Deco Review – Best Doubletracker & Tape Effects Pedal?

The Strymon Deco is an ambitious attempt to capture all the nuances and effects that can be achieved with two reel-to-reel tape decks in a single stompbox. While some pedals try to simulate tape echo or double-tracking effects, the Deco covers a huge range of tape style flanging, chorus, slapback echo, and longer tape ... Read More
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Line 6 M9 Review – Best Multi Effects Pedal?

We were very excited about the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler upon it's release. The M9 combines over 100 of Line 6's best effects in a single pedal, and up to three effects can be used at once. In theory it's a guitarist's dream come true, packing in 19 delays, 23 modulation effects, 17 ... Read More
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Walrus Audio Phoenix Review – Best Guitar Pedal Power Supply?

After releasing the avian themed Aetos Clean Power Supply, a great unit for small to medium sized pedalboards, Walrus Audio have spread their wings and released the massive Phoenix Clean Power Supply. This could be the power supply to end them all as it dwarfs the competition with 15 outputs and a range of ... Read More
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ZVex Basstortion Review – Best Bass Distortion Pedal?

ZVex, the company responsible for famous guitar effects such as the Fat Fuzz Factory, Fuzz Factory 7, and Instant Lo-Fi Junky, went for creating the definitive tube-style bass distortion pedal with the Basstortion. This pedal is designed to offer you everything from gentle tube fatness to full on... bass-tortion! Does it live up? Is ... Read More

Fairfield Circuitry Randy's Revenge Review

Ring modulation... that clangy, metallic, atonal effect that recalls the mechanical sounds of an industrial assembly line or a sci-fi robot gone haywire. It takes the harmonious melodies and chords you feed it and spits out a gurgling, disassembled juxtaposition of your initial riffage. If you can manage to tune the ring mod effect ... Read More
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Rivera Venus 5 Amp Head Review – Best Class-A, 2-Channel Guitar Amplifier?

While we typically focus on pedal reviews at Best Guitar Effects, I wanted to break away from the norm to bring a particular amp to your attention: the Rivera Venus 5 head. Why is this amp important? For starters, this is the main amp I personally use when reviewing and testing pedals. While a ... Read More
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TC Electronic Smorgasbord of Tones Reviews – Best Guitar Pedals Under $50?

TC Electronic recently unveiled a massive lineup of very affordable guitar pedals, a “Smorgasbord of Tones” if you will. The kicker, they're all priced at $49. There's a big market for budget pedals under $50, and TC Electronic have laid down the gauntlet in this area. We're going to take them all for a ... Read More
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Strymon TimeLine Review – Best All-Around Delay Effects Pedal?

In a few short years Strymon have quickly risen to become one of the most highly-regarded boutique pedal builders in the business. Guitar pedals such as the El Capistan dTape Echo and BigSky Multi-Dimensional Reverberator that harness unparalleled DSP power to produce immaculate sounds while remaining easy and intuitive to use are part of ... Read More
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Free The Tone Red Jasper Review – Best Low-Gain Overdrive Pedal?

I've been generally quite impressed by the offerings from Japanese effects maker, Free The Tone, which include the Gigs Boson Overdrive, Matt Schofield MS SOV Special Overdrive, and Silky Comp Compressor pedals. But their latest release looks like it may be their most impressive to date. The Red Jasper is a low gain overdrive pedal ... 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 itself implies that this is a ... Read More
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Rivera Sustain Shaman Review – Best Modern Compression Pedal?

The Rivera Sustain Shaman is an anomaly among guitar compressor pedals. While most compressors of the “Level/Sustain” variety follow the tired trail of the old Ross/Dyna Comp pedals from the 70's & 80's, this pedal is something altogether different from what you'd expect from a typical guitar comp. First off, the circuit topology of ... Read More

Keeley Electronics D&M Drive Review

I must admit that when I first saw the Keeley Electronics D&M Drive, I wrote it off as just another dual overdrive pedal in a crowded market of such pedals. Even knowing that it's a product of Robert Keeley's renowned expertise at crafting outstanding overdrive and boost pedals and a collaborative effort with a ... Read More
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Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo Review – Best Tape Echo Delay Pedal?

Echomatics, Echoplexes, Echorecs, Copycats, and Space Echos are a few of the legendary and highly sought-after machines synonymous with tape echo. While the lucky guitarists who've ever played through any of these units will surely attest to the amazing tones that can be coaxed from a well-maintained and serviced tape echo unit, many modern ... Read More
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The Context is an anomaly in Red Panda's current guitar pedal lineup. Considering their other offerings such as the Particle and Bitmap, the Context is perhaps the most accessible pedal in the company's roster with a potential wide appeal to many guitarists seeking great ambient reverb sounds. If you're familiar with their other releases, ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices Organizer Review – Best “Guitar Organ” Pedal?

Guitarists figured out that you can get some really cool organ-like sounds by using octave pedals with a rotary/uni-vibe type pedal. Of course the downside is that you typically have to use 2 different guitar pedals to achieve these “Guitorgan” type sounds, consuming quite a bit of pedalboard real estate. Enter the EarthQuaker Devices ... Read More

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Sweating bullets in the Nashville heat and overwhelmed by the bustling showfloor at Summer NAMM 2017, I had the good fortune of meeting up with Mr. Matthew Farrow at the Disaster Area/Alexander Pedals booth. Alexander Pedals had a smorgasbord of exciting products new and old splayed across the table, but chief among them was ... Read More
 

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