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Death By Audio Thee Ffuzz Warr Overload Review – Best Fuzz Pedal?

Death By Audio, the Brooklyn-based madhouse behind such sound manglers as the Apocalypse and Echo Dream 2 Lo-Fi Delay pedals, have again taken fuzz pedal design to new extreme territories. The original Fuzz War has become a modern fuzz classic in its own right. Thee Ffuzz Warr Overload delivers even more fuzz insanity with an ... Read More
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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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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

Keeley Electronics Caverns V2 Review

  Even in my most minimal setups, there's sure to be a dedicated delay and reverb pedal, and so I'm intrigued by the idea of these effects being designed to work together in one pedal. The Keeley Electronics Caverns V2 expresses this intent as a combination delay and reverb. It’s updated from the V1 ... Read More

Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal Review

  The Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal is a new kind of audio processing engine that offers piano-like sustain effects for guitars and other instruments. The distinctive, sophisticated appearance and ergonomic design put the Plus Pedal in a class by itself; it's sure to invite stares from all the gearheads. Now, of course, there will ... 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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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

Keeley Electronics D&M Drive Review

I must admit that when I first saw the Keeley Electronics D&M Drive, I wrote it off as just another dual overdrive pedal in a crowded market of such pedals. Even knowing that it's a product of Robert Keeley's renowned expertise at crafting outstanding overdrive and boost pedals and a collaborative effort with a ... Read More

Moog MF Drive Review

  In this article I'm reviewing the Moog MF Drive from Moog's Minifooger line of pedals aimed at guitar and bass players. The MF Drive boasts all analog circuitry that is inspired by American and British tube amp tones. Its combination of gain-staging, tone, and filter knobs combined with a resonate peak switch and ... 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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Line 6 M9 Review – Best Multi Effects Pedal?

We were very excited about the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler upon it's release. The M9 combines over 100 of Line 6's best effects in a single pedal, and up to three effects can be used at once. In theory it's a guitarist's dream come true, packing in 19 delays, 23 modulation effects, 17 ... Read More
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J. Rockett WTF Fuzz Review – Best Overdrive/Fuzz Pedal?

The J. Rockett WTF Fuzz is a fuzz pedal for people who don't like fuzz. This is one of those very special fuzz pedals that offers something a little different from the norm. The WTF Fuzz can produce mild overdrive sounds all the way up to intense sub-oscillating fuzz effects. It's supposedly even capable ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix Superego Review – Best Guitar Synth Pedal?

I like to generalize guitar players by dividing them into two categories. One kind of guitarist likes to keep things simple. They just want their favorite guitar, a good amp, and maybe an overdrive or wah on occasion. Other guitarists are a bit more extreme. They'll seek out any and every new way to ... Read More
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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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Decibel Eleven Hot Stone Deluxe Review – Best Pedal Power Supply?

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

Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl HiFi Review

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am morally obligated to be honest and say that not only do I LOVE Chase Bliss Audio’s work, I like everyone on the Chase Bliss team on a personal level. You’re free to call bias, but let’s be real: we’re all CBA fan-folk. You can't love guitar ... Read More
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Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal Review - Best Wah?

This is it. One of the classic guitar pedals that started it all. The Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal is arguably one the most famous of Dunlop pedals with wah being one of most famous effects of all time. This iteration of the legendary Cry Baby Wah remains true to the orginal ... Read More

Meris Polymoon Review

  The Meris Polymoon is the 3rd pedal release from the SoCal based pedal builder, following on the heels of their other two recent offerings, the Ottobit Jr. and Mercury7 Reverb. Meris' previous pedals were based on their 500 series rack modules, but the Polymoon is their first all-new offering in a dual foot-switch ... Read More
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Diamond Compressor & Comp Jr Review – Best Optical Compression Pedals?

In 2004 Diamond Pedals began work on creating a unique compression pedal that would essentially be a channel strip for guitar, similar to a vocal channel strip found in a recording studio consisting of preamp, compression, and EQ. The end result was the Diamond Compressor which has become one of the more highly regarded ... 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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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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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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Rivera Venus Recording Review – Best Guitar Amp for Recording?

From top to bottom: Rivera RockCrusher Recording, Rivera Venus Recording, Rivera Venus 5 The Venus Recording is a tube guitar amplifier and analog 11-band EQ speaker emulator designed to be the ultimate all-in-one solution for recording real valve guitar amp tones. While countless amp makers have implemented “Direct Out” jacks onto some of their ... Read More
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JHS Pedals 4-Wheeler Review – Best Bass Fuzz Pedal for Guitar?

Josh Scott over at JHS Pedals certainly knows a thing or two about making a great fuzz pedal. The Pollinator, Bun Runner, and Mini Foot Fuzz pedals all showcase his skills at creating exceptional fuzz pedals that fill a wide range of great fuzz tones. The 4-Wheeler is his take on a room-shaking bass fuzz. ... 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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Eventide PitchFactor Review - Best Guitar Harmonizer Pedal?

The Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer pedal aims to deliver the power and performance of Eventide's world-renowned Harmonizer rack effects in a compact stompbox design. Eventide have packed the PitchFactor with 10 of their best pitch/delay effects for unrivaled versatility that exceeds what other guitar pedals offer. Does it live up to the hype? Is it ... Read More
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Free The Tone Flight Time FT-1Y Review – Best Digital Delay Pedal?

The Free The Tone Flight Time FT-1Y is a very unique design in the world of digital delay pedals. Forgoing knobs for tiny buttons and 5 digital display screens make it look more like the interior of the Delorean from Back To The Future than a typical guitar pedal. But the Flight Time's unique ... Read More
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Red Witch Violetta Delay Review – Best Analog Voiced Delay Pedal?

Red Witch have garnered quite a reputation over the years as a builder of premium analog guitar pedals of uncompromising audio quality. Diverse pedals such as the Empress Chorus, Synthotron, and Fuzz God II showcase this expertise well. Insistent on exploring new frontiers, Red Witch released their Seven Sisters line of effects featuring 7 different ... Read More

Chase Bliss Audio Brothers Review – Best Gain Stage Pedal?

Brrrrggggrrrrgrrgrrgggggggrgrggrrgrmmmmmmmggmm You know the sound this onomatopoeia represents. You’ve not just heard it, you’ve felt it. You’ve been in this room before, paced behind the writhing mass of human titillation generated before this claustrophobic rush of air a thousand times before now, but to say that each time was the same would be a ... Read More
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Review: TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus, Vortex Mini Flanger, & Shaker Mini Vibrato

TC Electronic broke the mold with the Ditto Looper, a “mini” looping pedal that has become one of the best-selling guitar pedals available today. Now they've thrown down the gauntlet with the Corona Mini Chorus, Vortex Mini Flanger, Shaker Mini Vibrato, and Flashback Mini Delay. (See our separate Flashback Mini Delay review to learn ... 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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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 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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EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR Review – Best Lo-Fi Delay Pedal?

I really love lo-fi delay pedals, one of my favorites being the old Boss PS-2, and I also get excited about any crazy new delay pedal that incorporates different effects for strange new sounds. The EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR Advanced Modulated Delay & Reverb Machine looks like a match made in heaven to ... 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Free The Tone Tri Avatar TA-1H Review - Best Digital Stereo Chorus pedal?

Besides designing and building pro rigs for the session elite in Japan and elsewhere, the Japanese company Free The Tone are also well known for their insanely high quality effects pedals. I doubt they would even consider releasing a product unless it offered something truly unique, so I was curious to see in what ... Read More
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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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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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Chase Bliss Audio Gravitas Review – Best Analog Tremolo Pedal?

After reinventing analog chorus, vibrato, and phaser effects with the Warped Vinyl and Wombtone (and newly released Warped Vinyl MKII & Wombtone MKII), Chase Bliss Audio have now tackled the prototypical modulation effect with the Gravitas Analog Tremolo. All the familiar Chase Bliss Audio control flair is here: ModuShape, 6 surface knobs, 3 parameter ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Alexander Pedals Syntax Error Review

Sweating bullets in the Nashville heat and overwhelmed by the bustling showfloor at Summer NAMM 2017, I had the good fortune of meeting up with Mr. Matthew Farrow at the Disaster Area/Alexander Pedals booth. Alexander Pedals had a smorgasbord of exciting products new and old splayed across the table, but chief among them was ... Read More
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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

Boss/JHS Pedals JB-2 Angry Driver Review

  2 Builders, 1 Pedal, and Why It's Okay to Be Angry Boss needs no introduction as the Japanese brand has become synonymous with guitar effects pedals in the four decades since releasing their very first pedal: the Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble. JHS Pedals, however, is a much younger brand, growing from humble beginnings ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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Rivera RockCrusher Recording Review – Best Guitar Amp Attenuator for Recording?

Rivera already had a hit with the RockCrusher, known among studio pros for being one of the most transparent guitar amp attenuators around. Now the Rivera RockCrusher Recording adds a 100% all analog 11-band EQ Speaker Emulator to Rivera's acclaimed attenuator and load box. This results in what may not only be the most ... Read More
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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