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Strymon BigSky Review – Best Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal?

My Strymon BigSky review came about in an interesting way as I just so happened to be in attendance during the unveiling of the BigSky Multidimensional Reverberator at the first ever Strymon Social event here in Southern California. It didn't even cross my mind that Strymon would be unveiling a new product. Needless to ... Read More
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Red Panda Bitmap Review – Best Bit Crusher / Resampling Pedal?

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

Binson is a name I had come across a couple of times, but since it's rare to encounter one of their legendary delay units in the wild, I must admit I didn't know much about these until Catalinbread, a Portland based boutique company, released their Echorec inspired delay pedal, unsurprisingly called the 'Echorec'. The ... 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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Ibanez TS808HW Hand-Wired Tube Screamer Review – Best Overdrive Pedal?

The Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer is one of the all-time classic overdrive pedals, most notably used by legendary blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to achieve his signature sound. Three knobs - Level, Tone, & Overdrive - and that all-important JRC4558D chip form the basis for the classic mid-boosted tones the Tube Screamer is known ... Read More
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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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Cusack Tremolo AME Review – Best Tremolo Effects Pedal?

Besides spending quite some time with the Cusack Delay TME, I've also had the opportunity to play around with another pedal in Cusack's new "Retro Super-Science" series, the Cusack Tremolo AME (Amplitude Modulation Emulator). This one is yet again a stripped down version of one of their most popular pedals, the Tap-A-Whirl, which is ... 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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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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Strymon Mobius Review – Best Modulation Guitar Effects Pedal?

Strymon needs no introduction for guitarists who are familiar with the modern boutique pedal scene. Pedals including the TimeLine, BigSky, El Capistan, DIG, & Deco brought about a meteoric rise for Strymon to solidify their reputation among the elite developers of DSP based guitar pedals. Each of their previous offerings has sought to become ... Read More
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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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Electro Harmonix POG 2 Review - Best Guitar & Bass Octave Pedal?

I picked up this guitar pedal when it first came out. As a connoisseur of pitch shifting and octave effects, I had to put this pedal to the test to see if it lived up to the hype. Needless to say I've spent a lot of time with it using it on both guitar ... Read More
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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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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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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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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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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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Gator Cases G-Tour Pedalboard-LGW Review – Best Pedalboard w/ Flight Case?

For performing and touring guitarists who use effects pedals, your pedalboard is one of the most important considerations to be made. You need a pedalboard of adequate size to accommodate all of your effects pedals and power supplies and that is convenient to transport from gig to gig. While a quality pedalboard with flight ... 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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EarthQuaker Devices Hummingbird V3 Review – Best “Choppy” Tremolo Pedal?

The EarthQuaker Devices Hummingbird V3 is the third iteration of the Ohio-based company's “repeat percussion” tremolo pedal. This pedal is a bit different than your standard trem, offering a harder sawtooth chop and slower to ridiculously fast Rate speeds for a pedal that evokes the sound of a tiny hummingbird's flapping wings... if those ... 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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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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Free the Tone Silky Comp Review – Best Boutique Compression Pedal?

The Silky Comp is a guitar compression pedal by Japan-based Free the Tone. It is boutique compressor pedal of the finest craftsmanship, each being handmade one-by-one from the highest quality parts. The labels of the Silky Comp are even hand-written and signed by Yuki Hayashi, owner and president of Free the Tone and one ... Read More
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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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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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Electro Harmonix The Silencer Review - Best Noise Gate Pedal?

Electro-Harmonix is well-known for their affordable, industry-leading effects pedals. The sounds for which they are indirectly responsible are ubiquitous. The Big Muff Pi, The Memory Man, The Electric Mistress - All borne from EHX’s seemingly indelible drive to innovate and reimagine. The Silencer… is less indicative of that drive but still stands out as ... 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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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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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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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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Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme Review – Best Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme is the final evolution of the legendary Pharaoh fuzz distortion pedal. The Pharaoh has long been known for its plethora of musical fuzz tones that forge a link between your guitar and amp without masking the inherent character of each. This rich legacy of tone has led many ... Read More
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Review: Ibanez Analog Delay MINI, Chorus MINI, & Super Metal MINI

Did you see Ant-Man? Summary: A suit with the ability to shrink offered Paul Rudd an unexpected advantage against an adversary that was also using that technology for evil, and the smaller he became, the denser and more powerful. Yeah, it was a pretty outlandish (and awesome) concept, but it’s one that reflects an ... Read More
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TC Electronic Ditto Looper Review – Best Guitar Looper Pedal?

With all the complicated looper pedals out there, wouldn't it be nice to just get back to the basics. TC Electronic sure thought so. Hence they made what just might be the simplest and most easy to use guitar looping pedal out there. In our TC Electronic Ditto Looper review, we'll see how it ... Read More
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Walrus Audio Bellwether Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Do you remember Winter NAMM 2015? That was the year Walrus Audio laid down the gauntlet with prototypes of 3 flagship pedals: the Vanguard Dual Phaser, Luminary octave pedal (a release I'm still waiting for), and the Bellwether analog delay pedal, not to mention their game-changing Phoenix power supply. Basically, Walrus Audio have been ... Read More
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J.Rockett Audio Designs Archer Review – Best “Klon Centaur/KTR” Pedal?

The J.Rockett Audio Designs Archer has been drawing a lot of attention lately from tone-obsessed guitarists. You might assume that's only because the Archer is obviously another Klon Centaur inspired pedal. But the story of the Archer is a bit more interesting than that of any mere “Klone”. When Bill Finnegan at Klon decided ... Read More
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Review – Best Delay/Looper Guitar Pedal?

Hailing from a legacy that began with the classic 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay rack unit and drawing upon the recent breakthrough success of the Flashback Delay and Looper, the Flashback X4 is TC Electronic's flagship delay & looper pedal. And what a monster of a delay it is! With 16 selectable delay types, 3 ... Read More
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Atomic AmpliFire Review - Best Amp Sim/Multi-Effects Pedal?

At some point in our musical journey, we have to make a critical financial sacrifice to reach that elusive next plateau of tone that no simple effects pedal can help us reach. I’m talking, of course, about that special time when we have to upgrade the bigger, more static parts of our rig. Some ... Read More
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ZVex Fuzzolo Review – Best Micro Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

There's been a growing trend in recent years towards smaller, more pedalboard friendly enclosures. It's understandable as sometimes you just need a few sounds from a pedal or use it infrequently and don't really need it taking up much precious pedalboard real estate. And more importantly for some pedal-obsessed guitarists, smaller pedals means room ... Read More
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Electro Harmonix 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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Strymon TimeLine Review – Best All-Around Delay Effects Pedal?

In a few short years Strymon have quickly risen to become one of the most highly-regarded boutique pedal builders in the business. Guitar pedals such as the El Capistan dTape Echo and BigSky Multi-Dimensional Reverberator that harness unparalleled DSP power to produce immaculate sounds while remaining easy and intuitive to use are part of ... Read More
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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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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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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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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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SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 BC183CC Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Pedal?

There are 2 primary flavors of "Fuzz Face" style fuzz, each distinguished by the types of transistors used to generate the distortion: Germanium and Silicon. Both Germanium and Silicon transistors have been in use since the late 60's, and both have subtle characteristics that make them the preferred choice of particular players. While Jimi ... 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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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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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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Keeley Loomer Fuzz/Reverb Review - Best Shoegaze Pedal?

I was 3 months old when My Bloody Valentine exposed the unprepared world to their textural shoegaze masterpiece, Loveless. I didn’t grow up bathed in the wash of interlaced fuzzy drones, nor did I spend the springtime of my youth entering a trance state behind Kevin Shields’ wall-of-sound, but I promise you that when ... Read More
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Ableton Live 9 Suite Review – Best DAW for Guitarists?

Welcome to our Ableton Live 9 Suite review. Before we get started I want to tell you about the software, share a bit about my experience with Ableton Live, and give you some info about its features. In the review I'll focus on how Ableton Live is relevant to guitar players with the goal ... Read More
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Adventure Audio Whateverb Review – Best Compact Multi-Reverb Pedal?

Before the dual realities that I have virtually no hands-on electronics experience and extremely shaky hands had set in, it was a personal and far off dream of mine to build effects tailored to my exact guitar needs in the hopes that someday I could tailor effects to the needs of others. I haven’t ... Read More
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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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Red Witch Fuzz God II Review – Best Silicon Fuzz Distortion Pedal?

The Red Witch Fuzz God II is the successor to Red Witch's Fuzz God pedal, offering a welcome twist with some silicon fuzz flavor in contrast to the germanium original. Like the dying god, Osiris, the original Fuzz God has made way for a new king to resume his throne. And what a king ... Read More
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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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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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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Review – Best “Marshall” Distortion Pedal?

It's no secret that the classic Marshall Super Lead and Super Bass “Plexi” amplifiers produce some of the most sought after guitar tones in rock history. From mild bluesy warmth to the roaring sound of a cranked Marshall stack, these legendary amps laid the foundation for great tones that guitarists still seek to this ... 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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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Review – Best Mini Overdrive Pedal?

The Ibanez Tube Screamer needs no introduction as it's one of the most legendary overdrive guitar pedals ever made. Used by Stevie Ray Vaughan and countless other guitarists who all love its signature mid-boosted sound, the Tube Screamer TS-808 is also one of the most cloned and imitated pedals ever released. With the growing ... Read More
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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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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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Decibel Eleven Switch Dr. Review - Best MIDI Controller/Loop Switcher?

Guitarists are always looking for convenient ways to gain greater control of their rigs. From simple tasks like selecting effects pedals and amp channel switching to full-on MIDI control of digital effects pedals and MIDI-compatible processors, a solid all-in-one MIDI controller/loop switcher that is actually easy to use would be a dream come true for many ... Read More
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Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall Review – Best Analog Delay Pedal?

Before we talk about the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall, let's talk about analog delay. When guitarists think of legendary analog delay tones, pedals like the Boss DM-2, Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, and Moog MF-104M come to mind. The most sought after versions of these classic delay pedals rely on the same component: ... Read More
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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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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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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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Top 15 Best Guitar Compressors

The ultimate guide to compressor pedals!
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Top 75 Best Modern Guitar Pedals

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Top 20 Best Reverb Pedals

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Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2016

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Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016

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Review: Evidence Audio SIS Cables

Looking for the best solderless patch cables?
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Review: Strymon TimeLine

Quite possibly the best delay ever.
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Review: Rivera Venus Recording

With killer tones, 2 FX loops, & more,
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