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Strymon Mobius Review – Best Modulation Guitar Effects Pedal?

Strymon needs no introduction for guitarists who are familiar with the modern boutique pedal scene. Pedals including the TimeLine, BigSky, El Capistan, DIG, & Deco brought about a meteoric rise for Strymon to solidify their reputation among the elite developers of DSP based guitar pedals. Each of their previous offerings has sought to become ... 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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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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EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Review – Best Modulated Reverb Pedal?

When I’m gripped by a remarkably enchanting pedal and have the distinct honor of writing about it, I always have a hard time with the first few words. Like, just now; there was a solid ten minutes of empty space disguised as thought. I mean, we’re talking SPACE. The kind of space that every ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Panda Bitmap Review – Best Bit Crusher / Resampling Pedal?

Did you know that Red Panda's first effect offering wasn't a guitar pedal? Okay, it was, sort of. It was the Bitcrusher algorithm/module for the (now discontinued) Line 6 ToneCore platform. After releasing this cool effect, Red Panda decided to strike out on their own and release the Particle Granular Delay & Pitch Shifter, ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Witch Fuzz God II Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Red Witch Fuzz God II is the successor to Red Witch's Fuzz God pedal, offering a welcome twist with some silicon fuzz flavor in contrast to the germanium original. Like the dying god, Osiris, the original Fuzz God has made way for a new king to resume his throne. And what a king ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electro Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Review – Best Guitar Organ Synth Pedal?

Electro Harmonix have been absolutely dominating the market lately when it comes to polyphonic guitar synth pedals. EHX's Superego Synth Engine, Ravish Sitar, and HOG 2 Harmonic Octave Generator have proven that quality polyphonic synth sounds can be achieved from a standard guitar signal, negating the need for one of those finicky hexaphonic pickup ... 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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Rivera Amplification Metal Shaman Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

There is no shortage of so-called “metal” distortion pedals out there. Plenty of companies release guitar pedals that promise raging full-stack tones in a box. But if you've ever played some of these pedals, you've probably noticed that they often fall short of delivering the promised crushing metal tones you've been looking for. But ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery Review - Best Envelope Filter Pedal?

Filters hold dominion over a strange, quacky place in my heart. I grew up in a town inundated with Dead Heads and funky jam bands who wielded the traditional wah-like expression of the effect an awful lot, and now I can only associate that tone with its ubiquity in the realm of funk. Not ... 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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MXR Micro Amp Review – Best Clean Boost Guitar Pedal?

The MXR M133 Micro Amp is one of those deceptively simple pedals that can have a huge impact on your sound. If you're seeking a solution for extra volume and dynamics, a good clean boost might be for you. Does the MXR M133 give you the best boost for your buck? You'll find out ... 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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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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Empress Effects Heavy Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

The Empress Effects Heavy is a very unique offering from the good Canadian folks up north, being the brainchild of one Cody Gilchrist in particular. It's an extremely heavy distortion pedal that goes in an entirely different direction from their other offerings. While previous Empress Effects guitar pedals have covered the range of fuzz, ... Read More
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Seymour Duncan Palladium Review – Best High Gain Distortion Pedal?

Seymour Duncan came back into the guitar pedal game strong. While their classic Pickup Booster pedal got a remake, new releases including the Vapor Trail Analog Delay & 805 Overdrive pedals show that the company most well-known for their pickups really wants to make a name for themselves among effects pedal using guitarists as ... 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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JHS Pedals Muffuletta Fuzz Review – Best “Big Muff Pi” Pedal?

There's tube amp saturation, overdrive, distortion, and then FUZZ. Even further, in the fuzz world, there's the ultimate classic distortion/fuzz hybrid: the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi. The original EHX BMP was designed by Mike Matthews & Bob Myer and introduced in 1969. The pedal has had plenty of different versions, interpretations, and updates, ... Read More
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Ernie Ball 6180 VP JR 250K Review – Best Guitar Volume Pedal?

  Ernie Ball has a long history of making volume pedals for which professional guitarists rely on night after night. The Ernie Ball 6180 VP JR 250K is one of the distinct choices among many top players, being a staple pedal in their rigs when accurate and smooth control of volume is a must. In ... 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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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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Eventide H9 Harmonizer Review – Best Multi-Effects Pedal?

One After 909 Eventide has come a long way since pioneering pitch shifting in the 1970's with their first Harmonizer rack units, the most famous being the H910 and H949. Their innovation continued with the release of such gems as the H3000 Harmonizer in the late 80's which many guitarists may recognize for its ... Read More
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ZVex Instant Lo-Fi Junky Review - Best Vintage Tone Guitar Pedal?

The ZVex Instant Lo-Fi Junky is very interesting little box. Seriously, no other guitar pedals are like it. The cute phonograph graphic art on the top gives you a basic idea of what this pedal does. It gives your signal a low-fi character reminiscent of an old record player or tape deck. It even ... 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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EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General Review - Best "SuperFuzz" Pedal?

I have to admit that I'm a huge fuzz nerd, having built a bunch of different circuits myself, and I consider fuzz an incredibly musical and inspiring type of effect. So I was obviously quite excited when I got my hands on the EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General, especially considering that EQD has a ... Read More
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Wampler Ego Compressor Review – Best “Ross/Dyna Comp” Pedal?

The classic Ross Compressor & MXR Dyna Comp are archetypical guitar compressor pedals with a distinct compression sound that is still highly regarded today by many guitarists. But these classic designs are also known for their drawbacks, mainly tonal coloration, a lack of parameter control, and a high level of signal noise. In recent years ... Read More
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Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor Review - Best Compression Pedal?

Mostly known for their pickups, Seymour Duncan recently released a new line of guitar pedals, including the amazing Vapor Trail Analog Delay, the Tube Screamer-inspired 805 Overdrive, and a revamp of their famous Pickup Booster. I'm glad to see the Santa Barbara based company getting more active in the pedal game again, as they ... 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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Source Audio Nemesis Delay Review – Best Overall Delay Pedal?

There are a handful of big names when it comes to all-encompassing multi-mode delay pedals. Boss, Eventide, Strymon, & Empress Effects all spring to mind. But while Source Audio has been on the scene for several years providing guitarists with unique primarily DSP based effects pedals, they've just released their boldest effort yet, a ... 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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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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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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Catalinbread Talisman Review – Best Plate Reverb Pedal?

The Catalinbread Talisman is a compact reverb pedal that seeks to emulate the sounds of the legendary EMT 140, a hulking 7ft long x 4ft tall studio plate reverb. While plate reverb has long been a mainstay effect in the studio, guitarists have had relatively few sources for attaining authentic plate reverb sounds as ... 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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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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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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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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Chase Bliss Audio Spectre Review – Best Analog Through Zero Flanger Pedal?

Chase Bliss Audio stands in a unique place among boutique guitar pedal companies. While there are a few other outlier builders that are doing some pretty exciting things, the innovative vision and expertise with which Mr. Joel Korte executes his one-of-a-kind creations puts this brand in a class of its own. In terms of ... 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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Top 15 Best Guitar Compressors

The ultimate guide to compressor pedals!
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Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016

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Top 20 Best Reverb Pedals

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Top 10 EarthQuaker Devices Pedals

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Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2016

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Review: Strymon TimeLine

Quite possibly the best delay ever.
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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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Review: Evidence Audio SIS Cables

Looking for the best solderless patch cables?
Avoid the knockoffs. Evidence Audio is quality.
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Review: Eventide H9 Harmonizer

Eventide have released the ultimate stompbox.
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