The sheer volume of guitar pedals out there is daunting under the best of circumstances, and to be sure, there’s plenty of junk that can get dropped off at your door after you’ve spent your hard earned money.
Use this post to avoid that junk. I’ve listed 25 pedals, which cover most of the typical effects.
If you’re not sure what type of pedal you need check out these posts.
Once you’ve decided what you want, feel free to use this list as a shopping guide.
All the pedals on this list are durable, well priced and worth their price tag. While many cheaper pedals can pass as sounding “ok” these are all truly exceptional and will have a lot of staying power.
A classic reissue that goes very well with a tube amp.
As far as tube overdrives go, this is one of the best you can buy. It’s expensive, but it’s well worth it, especially if you own a tube amp.
The switchless wah may be an acquired taste for some, but I’ve become quite accustomed to it. Morley’s wah pedals sound great, and last forever.
Like Vox, Dunlop has been doing this for a long time. Their wah pedal is the first choice for a lot of pros.
You don’t need to spend big money to get a good chorus pedal. The Boss Super Chorus is as good as any.
Ernie ball makes good volume pedals, and the Junior model is cheaper and as reliable as any.
Morley’s pedals are very durable and built to last. Their volume pedal isn’t terribly expensive and does the job.
DigiTech’s whammy pedal is one of the most versatile available, and has gone through several revisions over the years. All of them are excellent.
The PS-6 is a newer version of the super shifter, and has all the same features. Whammy and pitch shifting effects both come out great.
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