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Origin Effects Cali76 Standard Compressor Limiting Amplifier

Origin Effects Cali76 Standard Compressor Limiting Amplifier

If you’re a fan of compression on your pedalboard, there’s good chance you’ve heard about the wonderful compressors being made over at Origin Effects. With a new lineup of smaller effects in their current arsenal, they have become a giant in the world of studio-quality compression for players throughout the world. Today, however, we’re going […]


Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion

Look, effects pedals that have tube built in are just plain rad. There’s a warmth and energy that they bring forth that is hard to capture otherwise, and we always love getting these types of effects into the shop. Today, we’re going to look at the now-discontinued Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion from Radial Engineering, makers […]


Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay

Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay

The name Analog Man is right up there with the top dogs in the effects pedals industry, a company that makes reliable, excellent-sounding gear for use by every type of player you can think of. Today’s featured pedal is an excellent example of their work and craftsmanship, and of the sonic prowess they consistently bring […]


Jext Telez White Pedal Fuzz Overdrive

Jext Telez White Pedal Fuzz Overdrive

Pedals that are based off of old, classic amplifiers tend to produce some really incredible overdrive tones, and today’s featured pedal emulates a couple of vintage amps and sounds to perfection. The Vox Supreme, Defiant, Conqueror and Virtuoso amplifiers had a fuzz/drive built right into them, and were used to record many, many songs you […]


Recovery Effects Electric Overdrive Compressor

Recovery Effects Electric Overdrive Compressor

A really good simple pedal can sometimes knock your musical socks off more so than a complex, Tolstoy-novel-length manual-having pedal can, and we’re all for that with as many effects as we see around here. Today’s delightfully simple sonic recipe has only a couple of ingredients, but speaks volumes in terms of tone and value. […]


Midnight Amplification Devices Giant Sound Preamp Boost Fuzz

Midnight Amplification Devices Giant Sound Preamp Boost Fuzz

Somehow, we hadn’t yet discovered the company building today’s featured pedal until now, and we’re sure excited that we did. Midnight Amplification Devices hail from Brisbane, Australia, and feature an eclectic lineup of effects over a variety of musical genres. We’re checking out the Giant Sound Boost Fuzz Preamp today, and have a couple more […]


Jackson Audio PRISM Boost Overdrive

Jackson Audio PRISM Boost Overdrive

It’s always a treat when we get a 2-in-1 pedal to check out here at Pedal of the Day, and even cooler when we get a 3-in-1 effect. Today’s pedal blows right past these and gives us a rare and unsurpassed FIVE-in-1 stompbox, something that sounds complicated, but in reality is just easy to use […]


Rockfabrik Effects Aqua Lung Overdrive

Rockfabrik Effects Aqua Lung Overdrive

Are you a sucker for aesthetics when it comes to your pedal collection? Not that it makes or breaks a purchase, but we love a good graphic and layout, and today’s pedal takes us on an exciting journey of sight and sound. The Aqua Lung Overdrive from Rockfabrik Effects is an overdrive with a few […]


Emma Electronic ON-1 Okto-Nøjs Octaver Fuzz

Emma Electronic ON-1 Okto-Nøjs Octaver Fuzz

Whenever a weird, un-categorizable pedal comes our way, especially if it has a name we can’t quite pronounce, we become instantly intrigued. Today’s pedal, the Okto-Nøjs Octaver Fuzz from Emma Electronic checks all of these boxes, and produces some killer effects sounds as well. An octave effect and fuzz pedal in one, strange sounds lurk […]


Retroactive Pedals Designated Driver Fuzz

Retroactive Pedals Designated Driver Fuzz

Discovering new pedal manufacturers is always a pleasure here at Pedal of the Day, and we’ve got another rad one for you today. Straight outta NOLA, Retroactive Pedals’ first offering is a fuzz/overdrive effect that has both aesthetic and sonic wonders for everyone. Loaded with options, the Designated Driver is easy to use and fun […]


ZVEX Effects Woolly Mammoth Fuzz

ZVEX Effects Woolly Mammoth Fuzz

It’s always fun to experiment with guitar pedals on bass, and bass pedals on guitar as well. Today’s bass-oriented fuzz sounds incredible on guitar, with a tremendous bottom end beautiful harmonic structure for any six-string machine to bond with. The Woolly Mammoth from ZVEX Effects shows us that low frequencies can be enjoyed by other […]


Frana Effects Moon Land Repeater Tremolo

Frana Effects Moon Land Repeater Tremolo

Last month when we reviewed and demoed our first pedal from Frana Effects, the White Wave Fuzz, the impression that it left was one of amazement (as well as a shattered eardrum or two). So, we were stoked to be able to try another one of their pedals, but go in a completely different direction […]


Champion Leccy Evil Twin Double JFET Boost Distortion Fuzz

Champion Leccy Evil Twin Double JFET Boost Distortion Fuzz

After the thrilling experience we had with the Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz from Champion Leccy a couple months back, we were super-stoked to have another one of their creations on our workbench. Once again, these guys did not disappoint, bringing a fury of thundering, powerful tones representing a number of different genres into the fold. […]


Diamond Pedals Fireburst Fuzz Distortion v2

Diamond Pedals Fireburst Fuzz Distortion v2

A lot of fuzzes and overdrive pedals have the ability to make some type of clean-ish boost sound, so the option is there if you want it. That option is NOT here in the Fireburst V2 Fuzz/Distortion pedal from our friends to the north at Diamond Pedals. This smaller-sized version of the FBR-1 released a […]


Emerson Custom Pomeroy Boost Overdrive

Emerson Custom Pomeroy Boost Overdrive

When we started doing reviews for Pedal of the Day, the EM-Drive from Emerson Custom was all the rage, followed shortly by the Paramount, two of the finest drive pedals we have come across, and staples on pedalboards around the world. So, we got pretty damn excited when we heard that the Pomeroy Boost Overdrive […]


Henretta Engineering Planetarium Reverb Phase Shifter

Henretta Engineering Planetarium Reverb Phase Shifter

We’ve always admired the small footprint mentality of the mostly no-knob effects pedals coming from our friends at Henretta Engineering. Get the sound you want, set it, forget it, play your ass off. Perfect. However, we were excited to see that they had collaborated with the crew at Chicago Music Exchange to make a bigger […]


ThorpyFX Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive

ThorpyFX Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive

Ever since we had the pleasure of checking out the Gunshot Overdrive from ThorpyFX last year, we’ve been itching to get our hands on another one of their beautiful metallic creations and see what it could do. Well, the day is upon us, friends, as we check out the Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive, a clean […]


JPTR FX Gainsaw Distortion

JPTR FX Gainsaw Distortion

There are some companies that like to focus on one or two genres of effects pedals, and then really dig in and make their own creations stand out and rock your face. Our pal Chris Jupiter and JPTR FX, located in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, loud and distorted is the name of the game, and a game […]


JHS Pedals The Milkman Delay Boost

JHS Pedals The Milkman Delay Boost

Criss-crossing effects types in the pedal world to produce one marvelous sound machine is always a welcome sight to us, and today’s featured pedal embodies the genre-jumping we’re talking about with gusto and pizazz. Combining a quick slap/echo type of delay with an easy-to-use boost, The Milkman gives you a couple of great sonic options […]


Ohmless Pedals Boar Fuzz

Ohmless Pedals Boar Fuzz

Today’s featured pedal is kind of a 2-in-1, which you know we dig here at Pedal of the Day. Part fuzz, part distortion and all-powerful, the Boar Fuzz from Ohmless Pedals produces a broad spectrum of dirt tones, waiting to be unleashed from inside a smaller-than-usual enclosure, perfect for adding to any pedal setup. With […]


Wrought Iron Effects Orcrist Overdrive

Wrought Iron Effects Orcrist Overdrive

There’s some funky stuff going on over at Wrought Iron Effects, and in the best way possible. Recently, we reviewed their Aslan Overdrive, which whisked us away to Narnia and beyond. Today, we’re checking out the Orcrist Overdrive, a Tolkien-inspired dirt pedal that speaks to the Middle Earth nerd in some of us, but will […]


Garland FX Dos Armas Combo Drive Boost Overdrive

Garland FX Dos Armas Combo Drive Boost Overdrive

Most of us absolutely adore the sound of a classic Fender Tweed amp, but struggle to find the right combination of amps and effects to get us into that sweet spot. Well, today’s pedal aims to change all that, boasting those vintage tones, complete with a tasty mid-range and lots of gain to work with […]


Way Huge Electronics Conquistador Fuzzstortion

Way Huge Electronics Conquistador Fuzzstortion

Another fuzz pedal, you say? Sure, why not? Fuzz is the best, right? Today’s fuzzy wonder comes to us from a big Pedal of the Day supporter, Way Huge, and their continually evolving lineup of pedals. This newly-named effect is called the Fuzzstortion, a mash-up of two effect genres combined into one gritty box. More […]


Diamond Pedals f-Octave Fuzz Octave

Diamond Pedals f-Octave Fuzz Octave

Today’s pedal provides us with an excellent combination of effects: octave and fuzz. The f-Octave Fuzz Octave from Diamond Pedals is based off of the vintage and classic Foxx Tone Machine, and provides several tasty and dirty auditory options to choose from. This little blue beauty really brings it, and can easily drive your amp […]


Frana Effects White Wave Fuzz Boost

Frana Effects White Wave Fuzz Boost

If you are looking for a fuzz pedal that not only sounds great, but also has more output volume available than just about any pedal that’s come through our office, today’s effect creation is for you. The White Wave from Frana Effects is a Fuzz and a Boost, and has enough power trapped inside to […]


Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay

Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay

The crew at Walrus Audio are no strangers to killer delay sounds (see our Bellwether review here), so we were beyond stoked when the announcement of their latest, the ARP-87, was unleashed on the world. Taking the great stuff we love about multiple delay sounds and putting them all into one pedalboard-friendly effect, this multi-function […]


Free The Tone FT-2Y Flight Time Delay

Free The Tone FT-2Y Flight Time Delay

When we had the chance to demo the original Flight Time FT-1Y Digital Delay pedal from Free The Tone early last year, we had no idea that some new features and improvements would be made so quickly, and that we’d have another chance to delve into this marvelous creation so soon. Well, as it happens, […]


Trey Anastasio Discusses Phish Baker’s Dozen Residency

Trey Anastasio Discusses Phish Baker’s Dozen Residency

It’s always fun to see what goes on behind the secret curtain with any musician or band, and especially when it’s one of our favorites – in this case, Phish. Having watched every single concert from the Baker’s Dozen run, it’s safe to say that not only was it historic for all of us phans, […]


JHS Pedals Pink Panther Digital Delay

JHS Pedals Pink Panther Digital Delay

It’s delay week in Pedal of the Day Land, folks! New delay pedal releases are always a good time, and many great ones we’ve tried have come from JHS Pedals. One of their creations that has baffled us (and most of you guys, too) is the elusive Pink Panther, which was released in 2007-2008 or […]


Farm Pedals Kegel Compressor

Farm Pedals Kegel Compressor

Another compressor pedal, you say? Well, this one is a bit different than the one we reviewed earlier this week, the Lamplighter from Greer Amps. Where that one focused on studio compression in a pedal, the Kegel Compressor from Farm Pedals can get down and dirty, with enough squeeze to make your tone sparkle and […]


Animals Pedal Major Overdrive

Animals Pedal Major Overdrive

Today, we’ve got the next new pedal in the Animals Pedal lineup, and while it’s not reinventing the effects pedal wheel, the Major Overdrive is a solid choice for dirtying up your tone. With a simple control section and an output of tasty overdriven tones, this little brown box traveled to us all the way […]


Greer Amps Lamplighter Optical Compressor

Greer Amps Lamplighter Optical Compressor

Studio compressors make everything sound, well…better, right? For years, we all have been on the prowl for a way to harness that key recording ingredient into our live rigs, without having it affect our original signal too much, and one of the answers has just come our way. The Lamplighter Optical Compressor from Greer Amps […]


Dwarfcraft Devices Super Wizard Pitch Shifter Echo

Dwarfcraft Devices Super Wizard Pitch Shifter Echo

Every time we get a new piece of equipment in from our Wisconsin pals at Dwarfcraft Devices, the anticipation and excitement are at full capacity. Today’s pedal was no different, perhaps even more so, as we had had our eye on it for a little while, and couldn’t wait to delve in. The Super Wizard […]


AC Noises Combatti Distortion

AC Noises Combatti Distortion

Our third and final (just for now, hopefully) review and demo of a pedal from our Italian friends AC Noises is a sure-fire powerhouse of an effect. The Combatti (meaning “fight” in Italian) is an overdrive and distortion pedal that isn’t much on clean tones, and has no desire to be. Featuring a simple control […]


Champion Leccy Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz

Champion Leccy Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz

Hand made and hand painted pedals just have something special about them – you can really see how much time and effort goes into each creation, and how dedicated those folks making these effects really are. The Fat Gett Suboctave Fuzz is the first pedal from Champion Leccy that we’ve had the chance to check […]


Emma Electronic DB-2 DiscumBOBulator v2 Auto Wah Envelope Filter

Emma Electronic DB-2 DiscumBOBulator v2 Auto Wah Envelope Filter

Continuing our recent funk pedal extravaganza, we’ve got an updated version of one of the best auto wah / envelope filter pedals around for you today. The DiscumBOBulator has been a staple on the funk scene for years now, a somewhat hidden gem whose loyal user swear by it, as do we here at Pedal […]