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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free the Tone Matt Schofield MS SOV Special Review – Best Blues Overdrive?

A good overdrive pedal is essential for scorching electric blues lead guitar work. Great blues rock players from Stevie Ray Vaughan to modern greats like Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, and Matt Schofield rely on their overdrives of choice to supercharge their distinctive playing styles. And now Free the Tone have teamed up with Matt ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper Octave Fuzz Review - Best Fuzz Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices has built a solid reputation for creating some of the most innovate guitar pedals around. EQD pedals such as the Arpanoid, Rainbow Machine, Bit Commander, Organizer, and The Depths are expanding the boundaries of effects pedal design into new realms of creativity. And so when EarthQuaker Devices makes a more traditional effect ... 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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MOOG MF Trem Minifooger Review - Best Analog Tremolo Pedal?

The guitar effects industry is and always has been an eye-filling landscape pockmarked with never-ending, cavernous rabbit holes. Some of us who traverse this plane seeking a sound all our own find ourselves unproductively wrapped up in ancillary selling points, designating ever-changing value and brokering favor based on how high the latest offering sets ... Read More
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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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Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

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

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

I was very intrigued by this pedal from the moment I heard about it. Imagine a fuzz pedal that promises “Hendrix in a box” tones, features both LED and Germanium-flavored fuzz, and has an octave up function. It's also designed by legendary amp guru, James Demeter, who apparently has a knack for making guitar ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar Review – Best Guitar Synth Pedal?

Having already been greatly impressed by the fast and responsive polyphonic tracking of the POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator, I had a feeling the Ravish Sitar was going to be something special. While its name gives away the source of inspiration for the creation of this pedal, the Ravish Sitar offers a whole new world ... Read More
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Malekko Scrutator Review - Best Bitcrusher/Filter Pedal?

In order for your guitar to make sense to your computer, its signal has to be converted to a series of numbers that represent the crests and troughs of the waveform. These are called samples; the higher the sample rate, the more high-range frequencies can be accurately expressed. Those samples are then recorded as ... Read More
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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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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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SolidGoldFX Formula 76 Review - Best "Super/Standard" Fuzz Pedal?

There are plenty of octave up fuzz pedals out there, but few of them offer as much raging fuzz tenacity as the SolidGoldFX Formula 76. This pedal was inspired by classic mid 70's Japanese octave up fuzz pedals such as the Super Fuzz and Standard Fuzz but adds more control and extreme sound-mangling capabilities ... 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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ZVex Sonar Review – Best Tremolo Guitar Pedal?

Tremolo effects have been around forever, and just when you think you've seen it all, along comes the ZVex Sonar to mix things up. This pedal packs an unprecedented amount of sound shaping capabilities into it's small, trademark ZVex enclosure. Is it the best tremolo guitar pedal out there? We hope to answer that ... 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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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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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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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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Sam Ash Fuzzz Boxx Review - Best Vintage Reissue Fuzz Pedal?

The late 60's was arguably the golden age of the fuzz. After the success of the Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone and Sola Sound Tone Bender, fuzz pedals became all the rave. Vox, Marshall, and Rotosound all released variations of fuzz pedals, and of course, the Arbiter Fuzz Face needs no introduction. Even music stores ... Read More
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ZVex Box of Metal Review – Best Metal Distortion Pedal?

The ZVex Box of Metal aims to be your one-stomp box for delivering crushing heavy metal gain. While this pedal may appear to be aimed at metalheads looking for their next gain fix, I discovered that there's a bit more to this box than meets the eye. Is it the best distortion pedal for maxed-gain ... 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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JHS Pedals Pollinator Review – Best Germanium “Fuzz Face” Pedal?

Guitarists have been chasing that classic “Fuzz Face” sound for over 40 years. And while various iterations of “Fuzz Face” style pedals are still being released, many guitarists feel that few of the modern incarnations capture the same mojo as the original vintage units. But leave it to Josh over at JHS Pedals to put ... Read More
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Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer Review – Best “Super Fuzz” Pedal?

You may have heard that the infamous Silver Rose dual fuzz pedal was resurrected as the Dwarfcraft Silver Rose V2, a most righteous pedal. Well, it's more like an unholy cauldron that spews forth abominable fuzz. One side of the Silver Rose V2 featured a variation of Dwarfcraft's own Eau Claire Thunder, a Muff-ish ... 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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Free the Tone Solderless Cable Kit Review – Best Guitar Pedalboard Patch Cables?

So you've bought a bunch of guitar pedals, then built your own pedalboard or picked up one pre-assembled. Now you're ready to connect all your pedals. You can go with pre-cut cables of various lengths and often end up with excess cable or come up just a few inches short of reach. Trust me, ... Read More
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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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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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Evidence Audio SIS Screw In Solderless Review – Best Pedalboard Patch Cables?

We're straying from the usual reviews of guitar pedals to bring you an in depth review of the Evidence Audio SIS “Screw-In-Solderless” patch cables. This is of vital importance to readers of Best Guitar Effects as the patch cable dilemma is one that has plagued every guitarist who's ever used more than one pedal in ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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Strymon Deco Review – Best Doubletracker & Tape Effects Pedal?

The Strymon Deco is an ambitious attempt to capture all the nuances and effects that can be achieved with two reel-to-reel tape decks in a single stompbox. While some pedals try to simulate tape echo or double-tracking effects, the Deco covers a huge range of tape style flanging, chorus, slapback echo, and longer tape ... Read More
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Line 6 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 51 Pedals of Winter NAMM '16

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Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016

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Top 20 Best Reverb Pedals

Need an ambient space for your guitar?
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Top 75 Best Modern Guitar Pedals

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Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2016

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Top 15 Best Guitar Compressors

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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: 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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