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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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Red Witch Synthotron Review – Best Analog Guitar Synth Pedal?

I love strange and bizarre guitar pedals. Any pedal that makes a guitar sound not like a guitar grabs my attention. And every time a new guitar synth pedal comes out, I've gotta try it. And a guitar synth from a company like Red Witch, makers of such gems as the Empress Chorus, Violetta ... Read More
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TC Electronic 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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TC Electronic Smorgasbord of Tones Reviews – Best Guitar Pedals Under $50?

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

I've been really intrigued by El Rey Effects lately. James and Co. have a passion for creating great high-quality boutique effects that are within reach of guitarists on a budget. And the cool supernatural styling of their latest offerings, the Mystic Ouija Fuzz and Fuzz de la Muerte, adds to the unique vibe and ... Read More
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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 Gigs Boson Review – Best Guitar Overdrive Pedal?

Free the Tone have sought out to create something as elusive as the Higgs Boson particle: an overdrive that sets the standard for great overdriven guitar tone. The Gigs Boson Overdrive is the result of this endeavor. With everything from warm and creamy overdrive and boost tones to full-on distortion thanks to its Gain ... 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

Free The Tone AS-1R Ambi Space Review - Best Digital Reverb Pedal?

Forget about all that “multi-reverb A” vs. “multi-reverb B” stuff. The Free The Tone Ambi Space Reverb is in a class by itself. There are so many ambient/octave/soundscaping reverb pedals on the market already. No one wants just another iteration of those reverbs. They're already out there, and they're great. It's not that you ... 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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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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TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper Review - Best Guitar Looping Pedal?

It's no secret that TC Electronic is one of the world's undisputed leaders when it comes to creating premium quality guitar pedals for the masses. The original Ditto Looper is one of the finest examples of this fact and broke new ground with its ease of use, great sound quality, and ultra compact size. Perhaps ... 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

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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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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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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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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ZVex Basstortion Review – Best Bass Distortion Pedal?

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

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

The Context is an anomaly in Red Panda's current guitar pedal lineup. Considering their other offerings such as the Particle and Bitmap, the Context is perhaps the most accessible pedal in the company's roster with a potential wide appeal to many guitarists seeking great ambient reverb sounds. If you're familiar with their other releases, ... Read More
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Xotic RC Booster Review – Best Guitar Clean Boost Pedal?

In the hunt for that ever elusive truly transparent clean boost pedal, we guitarists often audition countless so-called clean boosts with scrutinizing ears. And every now and then we plug into an unassuming little stompbox that really surprises us. The Xotic RC Booster is one of those pedals. In our Xotic RC Booster review, ... Read More
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Cusack Music Tap-A-Fuzz Review – Best Overdrive/Fuzz Pedal?

I love a good overdrive. I also love strange and bizarre fuzz pedals. And anytime a company puts some kind of creative spin on a classic design, it gets my attention. The Cusack Music Tap-A-Fuzz takes their great-sounding Screamer Fuzz pedal and combines it with waveform modulation that adjusts the gain of the pedal ... Read More
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Menatone The PoPo Fuzz Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

Menatone's The PoPo Fuzz takes me back to my first experience playing through Menatone pedals. I was trying out overdrive and distortion pedals at Rudy's Music in NYC when an employee came over with a King of the Britains and Blue Collar Overdrive. The little combo amp I was playing through suddenly became a ... Read More
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EarthQuaker Devices Palisades Review – Best “Tube Screamer” Overdrive Pedal?

EarthQuaker Devices may have said they'd never make a “Tube Screamer”, and well, they didn't. EQD's Palisades, while clearly influenced by the legendary TS-808, is much more than a mere “Tube Screamer” clone. It just so happens to be one of the most feature-packed and versatile overdrive guitar pedals ever made. Forgoing the typical ... Read More
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Moog Moogerfooger MF-108M Cluster Flux Review - Best Analog Modulation Pedal?

Moog really has a way of going all out with their Moogerfooger line. The attention to detail and amount of features packed in these guitar pedals are always second to none, soaring above and beyond other offerings on the market. Everything from the construction and control knob placement to the obsessive choice of internal components ... 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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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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Origin Effects Cali76-STD, TX, TX-LP Review – Best Compressor Pedals?

If you know anything at all about studio compression, the numbers “1176” probably need no introduction. And even if you've never heard of the legendary Urei 1176 compressor, you've heard it on countless hit music spanning every decade since its release in the late 60's. The solid-state, FET-based Urei/Universal Audio 1176 is considered by ... 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MXR M-101 Phase 90 Review – Best Guitar Phaser Pedal?

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

In the land of overdrive pedals, guitar players are swamped with choices. Far too many some would say. While select few overdrives have made it to legendary status, many have faded into obscurity. But Xotic may just have something that you should take notice of in the AC Booster. In our Xotic AC Booster ... Read More
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JHS Pedals Colour Box Review – Best “Neve 1073” Preamp Pedal?

The JHS Pedals Colour Box is a landmark release for the Kansas City based effects pedal builder and an equally noteworthy pedal in the realm of guitar effects in general. What makes it so special? Well, this bold undertaking seeks to deliver a studio-grade “channel-strip-in-a-box” in the vein of the iconic Neve 1073 microphone ... Read More
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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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Walrus Audio Janus Review – Most Innovative Fuzz/Tremolo Pedal?

I've played a lot of great guitar pedals. And I've played a lot of really great fuzz and tremolo pedals. And I've seen and played some really interesting conceptual pedals that capture a unique vibe unlike anything else around. And still, every now and then, a pedal comes along that completely blows my mind ... 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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Keeley Electronics Seafoam Plus Review – Best Digital Vibrato/Chorus Pedal?

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

Ever since the introduction of the classic fuzz guitar pedals of the late 1960's and early 70's, guitarists have craved the smooth saturation and hairy distortion of a great fuzz pedal. In the mid 1990's Zachary Vex created the Fuzz Factory with with even more tonal flexibility for what many guitarists consider one of ... 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fulltone OCD Review – Best Overdrive Pedal for Guitar?

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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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