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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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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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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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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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SKB PS-55 Stagefive Pedalboard Review – Best Powered Pedalboard Case?

SKB is a world recognized leader in producing military grade, indestructible molded cases. So when a company who makes products of this caliber designs a professional pedalboard case to protect, transport, and power your prized collection of guitar pedals, it's probably a good idea to check it out. This particular pedalboard is SKB's flagship ... 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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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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Keeley Electronics Monterey Review – Best “Jimi Hendrix” Pedal?

The Keeley Electronics Monterey is the bold as love attempt by Robert Keeley and Co. to deliver an assortment of Hendrix-inspired effects in a single dual foot-switch guitar pedal. As if the name and artwork wasn't enough to give away this hat tip to Jimi's legendary 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, the ... 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

Alexander Pedals Syntax Error Review

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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Dr. Scientist BitQuest Review - Best Multi-Effects Pedal?

Few things on the Earth bask in lower regard in my eyes than the proverbial all-in-one multi-effects pedal. Crocs. Pork rinds. Maybe some particularly toxic societal memes that make me too mad to want to think about right now. With the exception of a handful of glorious high-end alternatives to actually owning any gear ... 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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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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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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Old Blood Noise Dark Star V2 Review – Best "Pad" Reverb Pedal?

Though at times all of this effects hullabaloo can seem overwhelming and capricious, there are some givens in the world of music gear, and they usually boil down to very simple concepts: if you want Les Paul tone, buy a Les Paul (or your preferred guitar of choice). For anything beyond that, experimentation is ... 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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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, guitar pedals inspired by the Echoplex EP-3 preamp and famed Ross Guitar Compressor, respectively, Xotic ... 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 POG 2 Review - Best Guitar & Bass Octave Pedal?

I picked up this guitar pedal when it first came out. As a connoisseur of pitch shifting and octave effects, I had to put this pedal to the test to see if it lived up to the hype. Needless to say I've spent a lot of time with it using it on both guitar ... 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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Neunaber Audio Immerse Review - Best Digital Reverb Pedal?

(SPOILER ALERT: Probably.) You might be surprised to learn that I wasn’t born cursed with a Smeagol-like lust for guitar effects. Early on, the glorious tones, snarky artwork, and infinite sweet frustrations just didn’t appeal to me the same way that screaming while playing an acoustic guitar in a dimly lit dive bar did. ... 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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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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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

Meris Mercury7 Reverb Review

  The Mercury7 Reverb was the first pedal release from Meris, a Southern California based builder currently comprised of only 3 team members. While at a glance the Mercury7 may seem like a pretty standard reverb, it's actually more of a conceptual reverb instrument. After all, the sounds of the Mercury7 were inspired by ... 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

Review: Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

I am terrified to imagine a world where an introduction to Boss is necessary, but here we go. Founded as the guitar effects branch of Japan’s Roland Corporation during the rockstar legend-making yesterworld of 1973, Boss has always had a busy hand in helping to shape the trajectory on which guitar tones have evolved. ... 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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Free The Tone Flight Time FT-1Y Review – Best Digital Delay Pedal?

The Free The Tone Flight Time FT-1Y is a very unique design in the world of digital delay pedals. Forgoing knobs for tiny buttons and 5 digital display screens make it look more like the interior of the Delorean from Back To The Future than a typical guitar pedal. But the Flight Time's unique ... 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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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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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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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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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 guitar pedals such as the Metal Muff with Top Boost and Deluxe Big Muff Pi. The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker gets back to basics by offering the original Big Muff Pi sound ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi is a legend among guitar pedals. With a legacy dating back over 40 years, the BMP is a long-standing force to be reckoned with. The new Deluxe Big Muff Pi has finally reached what is without a doubt the most versatile iteration yet. The classic 3-knob Muff is ... 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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Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DrFF-3 (and Igor) Review – Most Extreme Fuzz?

There's something about Rainger FX that stands apart from most manufacturers of guitar pedals. 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. Everything they make is extreme, otherworldly, and not traditional by any ... 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

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
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TC Electronic Ditto Looper Review – Best Guitar Looper Pedal?

With all the complicated looper pedals out there, wouldn't it be nice to just get back to the basics. TC Electronic sure thought so. Hence they made what just might be the simplest and most easy to use guitar looping pedal out there. In our TC Electronic Ditto Looper review, we'll see how it ... 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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Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Review – Better Tuning Than TU-2?

The Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner is the long-awaited successor to the best selling TU-2. The TU-2 has been regarded as the standard for guitar pedal tuners for years, being used the world over by novices and professional guitarists alike. Does the TU-3 live up to the legendary status of the original TU-2? Should you ... 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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Effectrode PC-2A Compressor Review – Best Optical Tube Compression Pedal?

The Effectrode PC-2A Compressor may at first seem like a humble, unassuming little pedal with its classy, understated appearance consisting of only 2 surface knobs and a few words upon a clean, light grey enclosure. But guitarists with some degree of studio experience will notice something of great significance in this tidy package with ... Read More
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Keeley Electronics Compressor Pro Review – Best Studio Grade Compression Pedal?

Keeley Electronics' most famous pedal is the C4 Compressor, a Ross Compressor inspired gem that is still one of the best compressor pedals available today. Not content with having just one outstanding pedal in that category, Keeley released the GC-2 Limiting Amplifier, a dbx 160 style pedal that offers studio flavored compression/limiting. Now comes ... 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

Strymon blueSky Review

  Strymon is known for their dedication to maximizing the sound quality of common effects as seen in pedals such as the Riverside, Deco, DIG, and El Capitan. Housed in angular aluminum enclosures with bright anodized colors and descriptive names (that often pay homage to the builder's home state of California), each pedal embodies ... Read More
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Eventide Space Review – Best Multi-Algorithm Reverb Pedal?

This review is something of a throwback. The Eventide Space has been around for a few years now, and these days plenty of builders are throwing their hats into the multi-algorithm reverb pedal arena. But we're taking a look back and a look ahead for a few pivotal reasons. Some enthusiastic modern guitar players ... Read More

Moog Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBox Review

The Moog Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBox is one of my all-time favorite effects stompboxes. It hasn’t been covered at Best Guitar Effects, so I chose it for my first review contribution. Among my collection of effects pedals, it’s been like a versatile wild haired member of the band. The Moogerfooger line of stompboxes was introduced ... 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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CostaLab Sun Drive & Moon Drive Review – Best “Big Muff” Distortion Pedals?

The original Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi is arguably one of the most famous distortion guitar 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 Drive and Moon Drive pedals put ... 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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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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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
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Keeley Loomer Fuzz/Reverb Review - Best Shoegaze Pedal?

I was 3 months old when My Bloody Valentine exposed the unprepared world to their textural shoegaze masterpiece, Loveless. I didn’t grow up bathed in the wash of interlaced fuzzy drones, nor did I spend the springtime of my youth entering a trance state behind Kevin Shields’ wall-of-sound, but I promise you that when ... 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 pedals, 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 delivers even more fuzz insanity with an ... Read More
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Rivera Venus Recording Review – Best Guitar Amp for Recording?

From top to bottom: Rivera RockCrusher Recording, Rivera Venus Recording, Rivera Venus 5 The Venus Recording is a tube guitar amplifier and analog 11-band EQ speaker emulator designed to be the ultimate all-in-one solution for recording real valve guitar amp tones. While countless amp makers have implemented “Direct Out” jacks onto some of their ... 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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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

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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TWA Great Divide 2.0 Review – Best Analog Synth Octave Pedal?

Some things really are worth the wait, and if you're a fan of octave dividing pedals and analog guitar synthesis, the TWA Great Divide 2.0 is definitely one of those things. The Great Divide MkI was first unveiled back at NAMM 2011 to the awe of synth loving guitarists, but it took 2 more ... Read More

Chase Bliss Audio Brothers Review – Best Gain Stage Pedal?

Brrrrggggrrrrgrrgrrgggggggrgrggrrgrmmmmmmmggmm You know the sound this onomatopoeia represents. You’ve not just heard it, you’ve felt it. You’ve been in this room before, paced behind the writhing mass of human titillation generated before this claustrophobic rush of air a thousand times before now, but to say that each time was the same would be a ... Read More
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Adventure Audio Whateverb Review – Best Compact Multi-Reverb Pedal?

Before the dual realities that I have virtually no hands-on electronics experience and extremely shaky hands had set in, it was a personal and far off dream of mine to build effects tailored to my exact guitar needs in the hopes that someday I could tailor effects to the needs of others. I haven’t ... 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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DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 Review - Best “Uni-Vibe” Pedal?

An essential, yet often overlooked part of Jimi Hendrix's signature sound was his Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. Especially live, it seems like it was engaged more often than not (Live at Woodstock and Band of Gypsies come to mind). In my quest to approximate his tone (and that of some of the greats who followed in ... 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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Chemistry Design Werks Holeyboard WIDE Review – Best Guitar Pedalboard?

The Holeyboard WIDE from Chemistry Design Werks is a pedalboard like no other. There are many options out there as far as pedalboards go, but nearly all of them feature one option for securing your pedals to the board: velcro or some similar adhesive tape. The Holeyboard pedalboards differ in that they use zip-ties ... 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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Keeley Electronics GC-2 Limiting Amplifier Review – Best Limiter Pedal?

Keeley Electronics is perhaps the most well-known name in stompbox compression. After all, Robert Keeley's classic 4-Knob and (recently discontinued) 2-knob Compressors have been going strong for over a decade, surpassing well over 40,000 guitar pedals sold. So when Keeley Electronics finally released their “Guitar Compressor #2”, or GC-2 as it's called, it raised more ... 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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TC Electronic HyperGravity Compressor Review – Best Multiband Compression Pedal?

TC Electronic recently come out of nowhere with a pedal that may change the way guitarists perceive and use compression forever. That pedal is the HyperGravity Compressor. The HyperGravity Compressor spans the history of guitar compression with a range of sounds that goes lightyears beyond your typical guitar comp. A dedicated “Vintage” mode emulates ... 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

Review: Effectrode LA-1A Super High Resolution Leveling Amplifier

  A few years ago I developed an infatuation with guitar compressors – yes, those subtle and mysterious pedals that often go overlooked in many rigs in favor of flashier and more exciting effects that have a more obvious impact on your overall sound. While the workings of compressors can be elusive to some ... 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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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 guitar pedals are hand-made from the highest quality components, are superbly functional, and are simply stunning to behold. The Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler is no exception. It's a modern take on a ... Read More
   
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