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Red Witch Empress Chorus Review – Best Guitar Modulation Pedal?

The Red Witch Empress Chorus has been around for a few years and has garnered quite a reputation for its distinct chorusing sounds and deep feature set of chorus and vibrato options. With whispers of this pedal's amazing abilities becoming hard to ignore, I decided to seek an audience with the Empress herself to ... 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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Xotic SP Compressor Review – Best Guitar Compression Pedal?

There are many guitar compression pedals available on the market, several of which seek to emulate and surpass the famed Ross Compressor. Xotic decided to have a go at creating a compressor in the vein of that classic pedal while adding more versatility and sound-shaping options than most pedal makers have ever packed into such ... 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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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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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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Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl MKII Review – Best Analog Vibrato/Chorus Pedal?

As we said in the beginning of our original Warped Vinyl review, “the Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl might just be the most ambitious analog pedal ever designed.” It's a pedal that defied what guitarists thought an analog stompbox was capable of. It packed in more features and controllable parameters than had ever been ... Read More
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MXR Dyna Comp Review – Best Guitar Compressor Pedal?

The MXR Dyna Comp has a long history of being one of the best compressor pedals for pro guitarists for over 30 years. It has been regarded by many as an indispensable tool for crafting the perfect tone and can still be heard today across genres of music ranging from country to metal and everything ... 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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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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Origin Effects Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe Review – Best Compression Pedals?

Origin Effects took the guitar playing community by storm a couple years ago when they released the Cali76 Limiting Amplifier, a compression pedal that replicated the performance of the legendary Urei/Universal Audio 1176 FET Compressor. While the many variations of this inspired pedal (including the Cali76-STD, Cali76-TX, Cali76-TX-L, Cali76-TX-P, Cali76-TX-LP, Cali76-G, & Cali76-G-P) have ... 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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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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Empress Effects Vintage Modified Superdelay Review - Best Digital Delay?

The Empress Effects Superdelay has gained a cult following over the past few years. It packs several features that separate it from other digital delay pedals, and it has an unmistakeable sound and feel that no other pedal can emulate. It's also known for a surprising amount of warmth and classic mojo, missing from ... 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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Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-200 Review – Best Guitar Tuner?

When it comes to stompbox guitar pedal tuners, there are a few products that have risen to the top as the most popular picks of most players. These products owe their success to their own merit as solid tuners as well as the huge marketing push their makers could afford. But what if there's a ... 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
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Decibel Eleven Switch Dr. Review - Best MIDI Controller/Loop Switcher?

Guitarists are always looking for convenient ways to gain greater control of their rigs. From simple tasks like selecting effects pedals and amp channel switching to full-on MIDI control of digital effects pedals and MIDI-compatible processors, a solid all-in-one MIDI controller/loop switcher that is actually easy to use would be a dream come true for many ... 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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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 to be ... Read More
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Dr. Scientist The Elements Review – Best Boost/Overdrive/Distortion Pedal?

There are many guitar pedals that try to offer solutions for many different guitar tone needs in 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. Enter Dr. Scientist's The Elements. ... 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. With it's dual-stage distortion circuit and deep EQ controls, the ... Read More
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Morley Mark Tremonti Wah Review – Best Switchless Guitar Wah Pedal?

Whether or not you're a fan of Mark Tremonti's work with Creed or Alter Bridge, there's one thing about Mark that all guitarists should recognize: he certainly knows a thing or two about good wah tone. When a world-class professional guitarist reaches a certain level of success, they can pretty much have their pick of ... 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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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 guitar pedal for the first time. And as pedals get smaller and smaller, is it possible that the sound can get bigger and bigger? That seems ... 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 guitar pedals available, and the Apocalypse is no exception. And Death By Audio are no slouches when it comes to packing innovative features into their effects pedals like ... Read More
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Strymon BigSky Review – Best Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal?

My Strymon BigSky review came about in an interesting way as I just so happened to be in attendance during the unveiling of the BigSky Multidimensional Reverberator at the first ever Strymon Social event here in Southern California. It didn't even cross my mind that Strymon would be unveiling a new product. Needless to ... Read More
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Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone Review – Best Analog Phaser Pedal?

Within a year of releasing their instant classic Warped Vinyl chorus/vibrato pedal, Chase Bliss Audio have now brought us the Wombtone, their take on what could be the ultimate analog phaser guitar pedal. Far ahead of that simple one-knob “Phase 90” mold, the Wombtone is packed with 6 knobs, 4 flip switches, 2 foot-switches, ... 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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Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork Review – Best Polyphonic Pitch Shifter Pedal?

The Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork offers something “whammy” loving guitarists have wanted for a long time: superb pitch shifting with optional expression control in a compact pedal. Yes, a few other companies have attempted this, but EHX's Pitch Fork pulls it off like no other pedal has before. I've been following Electro Harmonix's stellar ... 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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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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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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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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Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Review – Best “Tube Screamer” Overdrive Pedal?

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is the latest in a series of new pedals from the Santa Barbara-based guitar pickup maker and is inspired by the legendary “Tube Screamer” overdrive. Now I know what you're thinking, Not another Tube Screamer!” right? Well, you'd be missing out if you dismiss this pedal as just another Tube Screamer ... 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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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 Muerte, adds to the unique vibe and ... Read More
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JHS Pedals Colour Box Review – Best “Neve 1073” Preamp Pedal?

The JHS Pedals Colour Box is a landmark release for the Kansas City based effects pedal builder and an equally noteworthy pedal in the realm of guitar effects in general. What makes it so special? Well, this bold undertaking seeks to deliver a studio-grade “channel-strip-in-a-box” in the vein of the iconic Neve 1073 microphone ... Read More
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Line 6 POD HD 500 Review – Best Multi Effects Processor?

Welcome to our Line 6 POD HD 500 review. The HD 500 is the flagship multi effects floor processor from Line 6. It aims to be the complete solution for guitarists looking for a wide selection of emulated amp models and effects from classic pedals for live and studio performance. Will it make you ... Read More
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TC Electronic Sentry Review – Best Noise Gate Pedal?

I probably shouldn’t open an article about guitar pedals this way, but tone be damned: silence is perhaps the most important tool in music. When I was in High School I had a choir teacher who would steel the more talkative singers’ resolve every concert by reminding us of her favorite metaphor: that each ... Read More
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Death By Audio Echo Dream 2 Review – Best Lo-Fi Delay Pedal?

The Echo Dream 2 is an update to one of Death By Audio's most popular pedals: the original Echo Dream. It's a lo-fi delay pedal with “Advanced Echo Modulation” courtesy of it's built-in LFO and a preamp fuzz circuit. The Echo Dream builds upon its predecessor with control knobs for Fuzz and Master Volume ... 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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Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Before we talk about the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall, let's talk about analog delay. When guitarists think of legendary analog delay tones, pedals like the Boss DM-2, Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, and Moog MF-104M come to mind. The most sought after versions of these classic delay pedals rely on the same component: ... 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 rich legacy of tone has led many ... Read More
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Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl Review – Best Analog Vibrato/Chorus Pedal?

The Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl might just be the most ambitious analog pedal ever designed. It's certainly the most in-depth and featured-packed analog vibrato/chorus pedal I've ever seen. The Warped Vinyl was masterfully engineered with compulsive attention paid to every possible little detail. From the carefully selected audiophile-grade components to the painstakingly well-thought-out ... 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
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SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 BC183CC Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

There are 2 primary flavors of "Fuzz Face" style 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 preferred choice of particular players. While Jimi ... 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 importantly for some pedal-obsessed guitarists, smaller pedals means room ... 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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DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay Review – Best Stereo Delay Pedal Under $150?

DigiTech: we all know the name. It sounds like the kind of company you expect to be a front for a Captain Planet villain’s fishy operations, but to guitarists it is the name of a benevolent industry crux. Boasting the iconic Whammy, post-2013 DOD revival, and looping solutions like the JamMan and TRIO, DigiTech ... 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 Malekko the Diabolik features a preset harmonic spectrum setting allowing ... Read More
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TC Electronic Triple Delay Review - Best Multi-Engine Delay Pedal?

At a glance you may believe that you are experiencing Déjà vu: we already covered the TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay and Looper, so why review what must certainly be the same thing? Your confusion is valid: today we’ll be covering a pedal whose birth stemmed from the worldwide success of the Flashback X4, ... Read More
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Keeley Electronics Seafoam Plus Review – Best Digital Vibrato/Chorus Pedal?

Where I’m at as a musician I often find my tonal progress ensnared in that familiar gear-head beartrap, obsessing over effects that could make my guitar sound less like a guitar and more like an organ (or a spaceship, or a fart) with no hope of moving forward without having said effect in my ... Read More
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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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TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Review – Best Guitar Tuner Pedal?

It's still hard to believe that TC Electronic's groundbreaking PolyTune was released only a few short years ago. The PolyTune redefined what a guitar tuner pedal could be with innovative polyphonic tuning and has since become the new industry standard for many guitarists. Now the TC Electronic PolyTune 2 aims to raise the standard ... Read More
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Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Seymour Duncan has been long regarded among pro guitarists as one of the leading names in guitar pickups. And back when Seymour Duncan made their first foray into guitar pedals with the now iconic Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster, it became immediately clear that they know a thing or two about pedals, also. After ... Read More
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Decibel Eleven Hot Stone Deluxe Review – Best Pedal Power Supply?

In the growing market of effects pedal power supplies, there haven't been too many changes or innovations to really shake things up. It may seem like a pretty straight-forward area, but what goes into making a really good power supply is actually a bit more complicated. Manufacturers have to consider the wide-ranging power requirements ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Review – Best Pitch Modulation Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices always keeps one foot on solid ground and the other in exploratory waters. At times this is exhibited well in 2 separate simultaneous releases, The Depths and Arpanoid or The Terminal & Pitch Bay for example. For every traditional concept contained in one of their guitar pedals, there is usually some unconventional twist that ... Read More
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Eventide PitchFactor Review - Best Guitar Harmonizer Pedal?

The Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer pedal aims to deliver the power and performance of Eventide's world-renowned Harmonizer rack effects in a compact stompbox design. Eventide have packed the PitchFactor with 10 of their best pitch/delay effects for unrivaled versatility that exceeds what other guitar pedals offer. Does it live up to the hype? Is it ... 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 Muff with Top Boost review. ... Read More
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Effectrode Blackbird SR-71 Review – Best Pre-Amp Pedal?

The Effectrode Blackbird SR-71 is a two-channel tube preamp pedal inspired by the “Blackface” Fender Twin Reverb and a certain highly sought after Dumble amp. Effectrode is regarded as the premier guitar pedal builder when it comes to implementing real vacuum tubes in their “audiophile pedals”. The Blackbird is one of the builder's flagship ... Read More
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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Review – Best Mini Overdrive Pedal?

The Ibanez Tube Screamer needs no introduction as it's one of the most legendary overdrive guitar pedals ever made. Used by Stevie Ray Vaughan and countless other guitarists who all love its signature mid-boosted sound, the Tube Screamer TS-808 is also one of the most cloned and imitated pedals ever released. With the growing ... Read More
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Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Review - Best Clean Boost Pedal?

We've been very impressed by the recent new line of guitar pedals released by Seymour Duncan, particularly the Vapor Trail Analog Delay, 805 Overdrive, and Vise Grip Compressor. One of the few pedals in the new lineup that isn't a completely new design is the revamped Pickup Booster, the original SFX-01 Pickup Booster being ... Read More
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DigiTech Polara Reverb Review – Best Stereo Reverb Pedal Under $150?

HARMAN is a pretty massive music gear conglomerate, stewarding music tech brand giants like Lexicon, AKG, and, most importantly to pedal loving guitarists, DigiTech. Where many companies have deflated and vanished into the inner workings of such superpowers, HARMAN seems to have encouraged the geniuses under their umbrella to flourish and continue doing what ... 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: that familiar RAT housing enclosure, 3-knob layout, and a characteristic ... Read More
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Xotic Effects Wah XW-1 Review – Best Clyde McCoy Wah Pedal?

The original Italian-made Clyde McCoy wah pedals from the 1967-1969 era are considered Holy Grails in terms of classic wah tone. Any guitarist lucky enough to have one of those iconic pedals in original working condition will surely agree. But for the rest of us, hoping to attain that original wah sound is often ... 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
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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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EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander Review – Best Analog Guitar Synth Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices has been at the forefront of innovation in guitar pedals for the past few years. Whether its building a modern take on a classic effect like with The Depths (vibe) and Hoof Reaper (fuzz) or venturing into uncharted territory a la the Rainbow Machine, Organizer, and Arpanoid, EarthQuaker Devices has been breaking ground ... Read More
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Empress Effects Compressor Review – Best Studio Grade Compression Pedal?

The Canadian pedal gurus at Empress Effects are well-known for making exceptional products, a couple of their diverse offerings being the Vintage Modified Superdelay, a digital delay pedal of high regard, and the Empress Effects Heavy, a beastly extreme metal distortion pedal. Attaining to similar top tier build quality, the Empress Compressor is their ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix The Silencer Review - Best Noise Gate Pedal?

Electro-Harmonix is well-known for their affordable, industry-leading effects pedals. The sounds for which they are indirectly responsible are ubiquitous. The Big Muff Pi, The Memory Man, The Electric Mistress - All borne from EHX’s seemingly indelible drive to innovate and reimagine. The Silencer… is less indicative of that drive but still stands out as ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Soul Food Review – Best “Klon Centaur/KTR” Overdrive Pedal?

The Electro Harmonix Soul Food is meant to do one thing: give guitarists access to the sought after style of clean boost and overdrive tones made famous by the Klon Centaur (& KTR) overdrive guitar pedals. And it's meant to accomplish this lofty feat while costing about as much as a console video game. ... 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 modulation that adjusts the gain of the pedal ... Read More
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Free The Tone ARC-53M Review – Best MIDI Guitar Pedal Switcher?

Free The Tone have a continuously growing reputation for creating ultra high-quality audio solutions for professional guitarists. Their ARC-3 Audio Routing Controller has become a staple on many pro pedalboards in Japan thanks to its high sound quality, tank-like construction, and incredible versatility. Now Free The Tone have released the ARC-53M, a downsized version ... Read More
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Free The Tone Tri Avatar TA-1H Review - Best Digital Stereo Chorus pedal?

Besides designing and building pro rigs for the session elite in Japan and elsewhere, the Japanese company Free The Tone are also well known for their insanely high quality effects pedals. I doubt they would even consider releasing a product unless it offered something truly unique, so I was curious to see in what ... Read More
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Top 15 Best Guitar Compressors

The ultimate guide to compressor pedals!
Here's a roundup of the 15 best available!
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Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2016

Looking for your next delay pedal?
Here's 20 of the very best!
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Top 20 Best Reverb Pedals

Need an ambient space for your guitar?
Here are the 20 best reverb pedals!
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Top 75 Best Modern Guitar Pedals

We've expanded the ultimate pedal list!
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Top 51 Pedals of Winter NAMM '16

No bias, no bs. These were the best
pedals at this year's NAMM Show.
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Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016

What's Your Favorite Fuzz?
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Review: Strymon TimeLine

Quite possibly the best delay ever.
Believe the hype. Read the review.
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Review: Eventide H9 Harmonizer

Eventide have released the ultimate stompbox.
Read our definitive H9 Harmonizer review.
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Review: Evidence Audio SIS Cables

Looking for the best solderless patch cables?
Avoid the knockoffs. Evidence Audio is quality.
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Review: Rivera Venus Recording

With killer tones, 2 FX loops, & more,
the "VRec" rocks for FX pedal users.

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