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JHS Pedals Spring Tank Reverb

JHS Pedals Spring Tank Reverb

There are a ton of great reverb pedals on the market right now, so you’ve got to do something to stand out from the pack to succeed. The crew at JHS Pedals is pretty good at that in general, and today’s pedal is no exception. The Spring Tank Reverb not only provides lush, amp-type spring […]


DOD Rubberneck Analog Delay

DOD Rubberneck Analog Delay

If you haven’t noticed by now, we like delay pedals here…a lot. Needless to say, we were pretty stoked to hear about the release of the Rubberneck Analog Delay from DOD / DigiTech, and were finally able to get our hands on one to review and demo for you. Let’s just say this machine has […]


Gamechanger Audio PLUS Sustain Pedal

Gamechanger Audio PLUS Sustain Pedal

Instrument crossovers are fairly rare in this business, but we’re super-excited about the one we’re bringing you today. The PLUS is a piano-style sustain pedal from Gamechanger Audio, and while that may seem like a not-too-flashy effect, it is. All the ambience and swells you’ve been searching for in countless reverb pedals presents itself here […]


Malekko Heavy Industry Sneak Attack VCA Tremolo

Malekko Heavy Industry Sneak Attack VCA Tremolo

Wacky, crazy, outside the box effects really get our pulses racing here at Pedal of the Day, and today’s pedal delivered the goods in spades. Effects that are hard to categorize or identify are usually our favorites, as they represent a new style of thinking and showcase the builders’ innovative technique and auditory prowess, which […]


Sarno Music Solutions Earth Drive Boost Overdrive

Sarno Music Solutions Earth Drive Boost Overdrive

One of the new key ingredients to our demo video sound is the marvelous Black Box from Sarno Music Solutions, a true audiophile quality, vacuum tube pickup driver that brings your tone to life. In addition to this marvel, they also make some effects pedals, and today we’re going to look at the Earth Drive […]


EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter Modulated Monophonic Harmonizing PLL

EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter Modulated Monophonic Harmonizing PLL

Every now and again, we get an effect coming through our shop that defies all reason, logic and musicality, and those pedals usually come straight from Akron, Ohio. If you don’t know by now (all 3 of you), EarthQuaker Devices has been not just pushing, but destroying the sonic envelope for the last decade or […]


Spaceman Effects Explorer Deluxe 6-Stage Optical Phaser

Spaceman Effects Explorer Deluxe 6-Stage Optical Phaser

What can you say about the crop of pedals coming out of Portland, Oregon from Spaceman Effects? They have taken on a life all their own, with limited edition runs, outside-the-box designs and sonic explorations and a design, both inside and outside the pedals, that is rivaled by none. We try to get our hands […]


Buffalo FX M-1 Ram’s Head Fuzz

Buffalo FX M-1 Ram’s Head Fuzz

The Big Muff Pi “Ram’s Head” fuzz circuit is one of the most well-known, coveted and revered sounds in the history of guitar effects, heard on countless classic albums and in live shows over the past 4+ decades. While the original pedals are expensive and difficult to obtain, there are a number of companies who […]


Walkway Electronics Dream Drive

Walkway Electronics Dream Drive

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, American readers – hope you had a good one! We’ve got a killer overdrive boost pedal for y’all today, coming straight outta Indianapolis, Indiana. The Dream Drive features a simple enclosure, basic controls and not a lot of frills, but when a drive sounds like this one does, who needs anything else? […]


Guitar Tone Company Bloody Finger Distortion

Guitar Tone Company Bloody Finger Distortion

Sometimes, you see a pedal and, for purely aesthetic reasons, say to yourself, “I gotta check this thing out.” Well, that’s how we’ve felt about the Bloody Finger Distortion from the Guitar Tone Company (GTC) for some time now, and were super-stoked to finally get our grubby mitts on one. No disappointment here, folks, this […]


JHS Pedals VCR Volume Chorus Reverb

JHS Pedals VCR Volume Chorus Reverb

Having been fans of Ryan Adams’ music for years, we were pretty stoked about his collaboration with JHS Pedals and PaxAm Records in the form of today’s featured effect, the VCR (Volume-Chorus-Reverb). Inspired by 80’s guitar heroes and Ryan’s signature sound, this pedal takes three effects, crams them into one box and gives you a […]


Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water K-Field Modulator

Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water K-Field Modulator

Over the years, we’ve reviewed some awesome pedals from our Canadian friends Fairfield Circuitry, and today we get to do it once more. The Shallow Water is a K-Field Modulator pedal, one that mixes in elements of chorus, flanger, vibrato and more, to form a distinctly exclusive new type of effect. Built using simulation mathematics […]


Boss RV-500 Reverb

Boss RV-500 Reverb

After the success of the DD-500 Delay pedal they put out late in 2015, Boss decided to ride the wave and issue two more similarily-shaped but vastly different effects machines, one of which we’ll take a look at today. The MD-500 focuses on modulation effects, and we have a review coming up for that one, […]


Midnight Amplification Sentinel Reverb Overdrive

Midnight Amplification Sentinel Reverb Overdrive

In the land of 2-in-1 effects pedals, there are a ton of fairly familiar combinations we’ve encountered over the years – Boost/Overdrive, Delay/Reverb, Chorus/Vibrato, etc. Today’s pedal takes a bit of a left turn from the norm, combining Overdrive and Reverb, for a marvelous new sonic equation. The Sentinel from Australia’s own Midnight Amplification mixes […]


Empress Effects Echosystem Dual Engine Delay

Empress Effects Echosystem Dual Engine Delay

With all the powerful delays that have been coming out over that last couple of years, we were still REALLY excited about today’s featured pedal. After checking out the Reverb pedal from Empress Effects last year, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the all new Echosystem, a Dual Engine Delay with the same […]


Orange Amps Getaway Driver Overdrive

Orange Amps Getaway Driver Overdrive

Last year, we had the chance to review/demo a new pedal from Orange Amps, the Two Stroke, a versatile clean boost/EQ with a ton of options. We couldn’t wait to see what they came out with next, and today we get to head down that road once more. The Getaway Driver is an overdrive pedal […]


Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer

Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer

We’ve been fortunate enough to get to review and demo some excellent gear from our friends over at Eventide, and that is gonna keep going today when we take a look at another marvelous creation from these guys. The PitchFactor is a pitch shifter / harmonizer / octave and so much more, adding layers upon […]


ZVEX Effects Instant Lo-Fi Junky Compressor Chorus Vibrato

ZVEX Effects Instant Lo-Fi Junky Compressor Chorus Vibrato

Getting pedals that come through the shop without a distinct label as to what they are or what they can do is always intriguing, and our featured pedal for today baffled us until we had the chance to plug it in. The Instant Lo-Fi Junky from ZVEX Effects is a compressor, chorus, vibrato and more, […]


Alexander Pedals Sky Fi Reverb Delay

Alexander Pedals Sky Fi Reverb Delay

Reverb and Delay are based in similar categories, the main one being ambience. Fantastic individually, these two effects really take it to the next level when combined and played together, and that’s exactly what happened with today’s featured pedal. The Sky Fi from Alexander Pedals is a reverb and delay wrapped into one silvery enclosure, […]


JHS Pedals Panther Analog Delay

JHS Pedals Panther Analog Delay

Happy Halloween, everybody! Today we’re going to take a look at a revolutionary delay pedal, one that’s no longer in production, but set the tone for echo effects worldwide. The Panther from JHS Pedals is a BIG, bold, fat-sounding, lush delay pedal, complete with a ton of tones and options, making it perfectly customizable for […]


Keeley Electronics Super Mod Workstation

Keeley Electronics Super Mod Workstation

Continuing their status as one of the top-of-the-heap companies in the effects pedal world, Keeley Electronics introduced some multi-effects boxes to the world last year, and we’re lucky enough to have one of them to check out today. The Super Mod Workstation covers more ground than it probably needs to, or should be able, which […]


Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor Overdrive

Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor Overdrive

Effects pedals with actual tubes in them are just the best, right? They produce a comfortable, inviting sound and feeling when engaged, one that you don’t want to give up…ever. Today’s pedal does just that and more – the Tube Factor Overdrive from Hughes & Kettner promises to take your sound up a notch, maybe […]


Big Game Pedals FY-2 Fuzz

Big Game Pedals FY-2 Fuzz

A couple years back, we reviewed a pedal from a small company in Chicago (the Nothing Is Dead Fuzz), and it was one of the funnest pedals we saw all year. Happily, we have another offering from these guys to check out today, and while it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the […]


Lotus Pedal Designs Snowjob Ge Underdrive

Lotus Pedal Designs Snowjob Ge Underdrive

One of our favorite pedals from over the years is the Snowjob Underdrive from Lotus Pedal Designs, a boost/overdrive with simple functionality and great tonal properties. Since we liked the original so much, we were stoked to get our hands on a special version of this pedal, the Ge Underdrive, and see what new and […]


Guyatone MD2 Micro Digital Delay

Guyatone MD2 Micro Digital Delay

With the new-ish trend of players building smaller pedalboards these days, smaller pedals were bound to be a hit at some point. There are a couple companies who have embraced this, and quite well, but there was one who did it a while back, before the hype set in. The Micro Series from Guyatone ranged […]


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 […]