Jun 18 2012

Best Volume Pedal Poll

Best Volume Pedal PollSo I’m on the hunt for a volume pedal. Been asking a few questions, been getting a few answers. I definitely have a short list of contenders, so I thought it might be cool to put a poll together to see what all of you recommend for the ‘best’ volume pedal. Now, let’s define ‘best’. I’m not necessarily looking for the most popular volume pedal, but the best. For a volume pedal to be ‘best’ it will need to meet some criteria – #1 Needs to have low to no impact on the guitar tone. #2 It needs to have a nice smooth taper #3 Needs to hold up over time. So here is the poll, if you know of a volume pedal that is not in the poll and should be, please comment below or send me an email! Thanks!

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Dec 28 2011

Best Wah on the Market Today?

Best Wah on the Market Today?A while back I put together a poll about the best delay under $200, and I wanted to do another one for today. This poll is for the best wah on the market today. The wah pedal is a very personal tool, and people are very particular of the wah sounds they’re going for. Some like the funk snap, others like a very dark sweep, while others like a very bright wah sweep. Going beyond the tone, everyone has a preference of how it feels below them. What the sweep range is, how to activate the effect and how the foot feels on the pedal itself. Lots of factors.. and lots of wahs out there. So let’s start the poll. If you know of a wah that is available today, but is not on the list, please contact me or comment below. Also, love to hear your own personal feelings about the wah you chose below in the comments as well.

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Dec 21 2011

Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 10 Effect Pedals of 2011

Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario's Top 10 Effect Pedals of 2011Ah… it’s getting to the “Best of 2011″ time of year. I’m always interested what items stood out for the year that is about to end. Always seems to create some good discussions, etc. I came across the Guitar World staff pick (by Paul Riario) Top 10 Effect Pedals of 2011. You can read the full article here.

Basically, he broke it down to the following:

1. Dunlop Cantrell JC95 Cry Baby
2. MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion
3. Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar
4. Eventide Space
5. Strymon Lex Rotary
6. Keeley Luna Overdrive
7. Caroline Guitar Company Wave Cannon
8. Wampler Hot Wired Brent Mason Overdrive/Distortion
9. Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay
10. Way Huge Green Rhino

The Cantrell wah has been brought up multiple times as being a great wah. I’ve seen it on a few Pedal Line Friday boards and I thought that was a solid pick.

It was also great to see Caroline Guitar Company’s Wave Cannon in there. We had the privilege to demo the Wave Cannon (and gave it away) a while back. Definitely a great pedal for sure.

I was slightly surprised to see the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion. I’ve never played that pedal, but I often see mix reviews here. Some people love it while others.. not so much. Let me know your opinion of the ’78 distortion if you have it by commenting below.

I think Strymon is going to be showing up a lot on these lists to come. I have the Strymon BlueSky, and basically everything they put out is golden. I’ve never seen a complaint about Strymon.

A couple of pedals that I want to look into is the Keeley Luna Overdrive and the Wampler Hot Wired. Both of those pedals I’m not too familiar with.

The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar is another one that people are interested, but I don’t see many people actually owning this pedal. I know it’s new, but may have limited applications for the masses. Again, let me know what you think.

The Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay is a pedal I want to check out re-al bad. All the demos of this are great. A very simple delay with complex ability.

Please let me know your thoughts about that list…. good, bad and the ugly


Dec 4 2011

Best Delay / Echo Pedals Under $200

Best Delay / Echo Pedals Under $200A while back, I posted the Top 5 Delay Pedals on the Market. I mentioned that this was tough because defining “best” is difficult. Is the most expensive mean best? Is the most popular best? So today I thought I would add a community poll. I’ve eliminated the price to define best by making the options within the under $200 mark. This will cover a lot of the widely used delay/echos out there. So with this group of delays, what do you feel is best. Please vote below and if you have a comment or opinion, or if you know of a delay not in the list, please comment below.

When determining what pedals fall in this category, I opted to not go with MSRP (list price) but the commonly available prices of these pedals.

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Nov 21 2011

Top 5 Delay Pedals on the Market

Top 5 Delay Pedals on the MarketOriginally, when I was going to write this post, I was going to do it a little differently. I was going to pull some various resources to figure out the top 5 delay pedals on the market today. The problem is.. this is quite subjective. Top 5 could mean the best, but best is often not realistic (Does expensive mean best? Is exclusivity best? Is workhorse best? Is popularity best?). I wanted to compile maybe the most ‘popular’ or possibly the best bang for the buck set of delays.

So, I thought I would do something different and post my opinion, but ask for you to supply your own opinion of your top 5 delays below in the comments. Please add some explanations of your choices to help others.

For this, I compiled this short list of common delays available today. I know there are delays missing, but wanted to include delays that I often see on Pedal Line Fridays, and see in recurring discussions on forums, etc. If you feel one is not in here… and should be included, comment or contact me, and I’ll update this post. This list is in no particular order.

Empress SuperDelay
Diamond Memory Lane 2
Pigtronix PHI Echolution
T-Rex Replica Delay
Eventide Timefactor
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Strymon TimeLine
Fulltone Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy
Electro-Harmonix Memory Man
Akai Head Rush E2
Boss DD-20 GigaDelay
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
MXR Carbon Copy
Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay
Boss DD-7 Delay
Boss DD-3 Delay
Maxon AD999 Delay

Okay, for my opinion of the Top 5 Delay Pedals on the Market.

1. T-Rex Replica Delay
2. Eventide Timefactor
3. Boss DD-7 Delay
4. MXR Carbon Copy
5. Electro-Harmonix Memory Man

T-Rex Replica Delay – I own this personally, and I think this is an awesome delay. Love the tone, love the tap tempo, very warm sounding

Eventide Timefactor – I’ve seen mention of this over and over. It’s on the higher end of the price spectrum, but there is no denying that this is a popular delay. It may be more complicated than what I like, but I would love to take it for a spin.

Boss DD-7 – I’m including this because it’s a work horse. I almost want to include all the DD series pedals. For the price, it’s a great sounding digital delay. I own a Boss DD-3 and it’s great for the rhythmic delay overlay. I always feel like I want to exclude it, but every time I play it, I’m impressed.

MXR Carbon Copy – I still wonder why I don’t own this. I’ve thought about buying it a ton. This is a perfect example of following Pedal Line Fridays. The amount of times I see this pedal on the line is ridiculous. Probably one of the most popular delays featured on Pedal Line Friday submissions.

Electro-Harmonix Memory Man – I would probably slap the Deluxe Memory Boy, Hazarai, etc. EHX makes some amazing gear, and this is a classic delay. Upper Mid-Range in price, but unbelievably solid. Love the tone. Jimmy Rolle (who does the demos) has an older Deluxe Memory Man, and the pedal is bad ass.

I have a feeling I’m going to change my mind in about an hour….

So let’s hear what your Top 5 is… and more importantly why. Remember, we’re not just picking the 5 most expensive pedals. I think showcasing ‘working man’ delays with the high end stuff is a good metric on the popularity and the effectiveness of the particular delays. Getting feedback from you guys is a great way to see what is hot or required for delay guys.


Jan 14 2011

Guitarist Magazine – 101 Best Stomp Boxes

Guitarist Magazine - 101 Best Stomp Boxes of All TimeIn December, Guitarist Magazine put out the 101 Best Stomp Boxes of ‘all time’ issue featuring what they believe is complete list of the 101 greatest stomp boxes. I thought this would be a great list to show EffectsBay.com readers… especially if you’re looking for something new or different.. but not sure what that could be. Having a list like this can sometimes lead to new discoveries. This list contains current pedals as well as hard-to-get vintage models as well.

Additionally, I’m curious how you guys think this list looks? Do you have a better recommendation for the top 10 stomp boxes of all time? If so, please comment below. Anything missing? Anything that you would say should not be in the list?

1. Dunlop Crybaby Classic
2. Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer
3. MXR Phase 90
4. Boss CE-1
5. Maestro FZ-1 Fuzztone
6. DigiTech Whammy
7. Boss DS-1
8. Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
9. Boss DM-2
10. Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
11. Boss DD-3
12. Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress
13. Line 6 DL-4
14. Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi
15. Octavia/o/er
16. MXR M-117 Flanger
17. Klon Centaur
18. Sola Sound Tone Bender
19. Maestro Echoplex
20. Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
21. Univox Uni-Vibe
22. Boss CE-5
23. MXR Dyna Comp
24. Marshall Guv’nor
25. Dallas Rangemaster Treble Boost
26. Pro Co RAT2
27. Ross Compressor
28. Sweet Sound Mojo Vibe
29. Dunlop HT1 Heil Talk Box
30. MXR Micro Amp
31. Boss BD-2
32. Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere
33. Musitronics Mu-Tron III
34. Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe+
35. Morley Classic Wah
36. Fulltone Full-Drive II Mosfet
37. Demeter TRM-1 Tremulator
38. Akai Headrush E2
39. SIB Echo Drive
40. Watkins Copycat
41. Fulltone OCD
42. Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
43. Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
44. Zvex Fuzz Factory
45. Tech21 Sansamp
46. Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe 2
47. Electro-Harmonix POG
48. Boss PN-2 Tremolo Pan
49. Eventide ModFactor
50. Carl Martin Two Faze
51. MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus
52. Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive
53. Blackstar HT-Dual
54. Carl Martin Hot Drive ‘N’ Boost
55. Providence SOV-2
56. Jim Dunlop Rotovibe
57. TC Electronic Stereo Chorus + Pitch Modulator & Flanger
58. FoxRox Captain Coconut 2
59. Digitech Hardwire RV-7 Reverb
60. Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster
61. Marshall Shredmaster
62. Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz
63. Crowther Audio Hot Cake
64. Vox V847 Wah
65. Seymour Duncan SFX-10 Deja Vu Tap Delay
66. Jim Dunlop Uni-Vibe
67. Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive
68. Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe
69. Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
70. Wampler Ecstasy Overdrive
71. T-Rex Alberta
72. T-Rex Replica
73. Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail
74. Ethos Overdrive
75. Providence Sonic Drive SDR-05
76. Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
77. Visual Sound Route 66
78. MXR Carbon Copy
79. Line 6 Echo Park
80. Electro-Harmonix Riddle Q Balls
81. Boss DD-7
82. Effector 13/Devi Ever Truly Beautiful Disaster
83. Lovetone Brown Source
84. Durham Electronics Sex Drive
85. Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy
86. Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive
87. Line 6 MM4
88. Red Witch Deluxe Moon Phaser
89. Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder
90. Mooger Fooger MF102 Ring Modulator
91. Greg Fryer Treble Booster Touring
92. Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay
93. Kingsley Jester
94. Analogman Sun Face
95. Frantone Peachfuzz
96. Boss RE-20 Space Echo
97. Tanabe Dumkudo
98. Wampler Nirvana Chorus
99. Vox Ice 9
100. Fender Fuzz-Wah
101. Greer Amplification Fish Press Compressor