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The Top 10 Best Guitar FX Pedals in the World Today

Published: Thu July 30, 2009  News Feed

Gone are the days when all guitarists had was just their amp, or perhaps a fuzz pedal and a wah wah. More than ever before, the modern guitarist uses a wide range of FX pedals to shape his or her  tone...have a look at the best ones available today!

The Top 10 best FX pedals in the world today

Some "tone purists" may argue that a guitarists shouldn't rely on effects, but truth is, ever since the birth of rock'n'roll, guitarists were quick to jump into new technologies, new toys - if it helps you creating new sounds, then great! In fact, legendary guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix were amongst the first to use every and any new effect they could put their hands on: Maestro Fuzztone, Tonebenders, WEM Copicat tape echo, wah wah pedals, octavio, leslie cabinets, etc.

So...why shouldn't you?

But with so many FX pedals available today - more than ever before, and more affordable too! - it might be hard to decide where to spend your hard earned money. To help you, we've put together a list of the Top 10 best FX pedals widely available today. No need to include expensive, hard to find boutique pedals. Today, quality is not inversely proportional to price, and even mega stars like The Edge and Jack White may use pedals that even a kid could afford with his pocket money!

Of course, every one will have their own ideas of what should be in the Top 10...but here's our list. Enjoy!

TOP 10 BEST FX PEDALS

1

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi fuzz pedal

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff The most popular fuzz in the world. The distortion countless musicians such as Hendrix, Santana, The Edge and Jack White relied on for its rich, creamy, violin-like sustain. A timeless piece, the Big Muff has been defining the sound of rock guitar for the past 30 years. And it's still very affordable! Thank you, EHX!

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2

Boss DD-3 Digital delay

Boss DD-3 A powerful delay pedal with three distinct modes. A variable Delay Time control creates delays from 12.5ms to 800ms, while a Hold function is capable of producing repeats from here to infinity. Still popular after so many years and DD4, DD5, DD6...the DD-3 remains!

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3

Boss RE-20 Space Echo

Boss RE20 Miraculous digital pedal that thanks to the COSM technology faithfully recreates the sound of the classic Roland Space Echo RE-201 tape delay, the 70's effect used by many acts even today, such as Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Primal Scream. the RE-20 sounds as dirty and organic as the real thing.

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4

Digitech Whammy

Digitech Whammy Smooth pitch bends, rich detuning, accurate dive bombs, and fast tracking harmony shifts make this one of the coolest and most versatile pedals there is, and it's used by artists such as Jonny Greenwood, Jack White, Matt Bellamy and countless others.

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5

Dunlop Cry baby wah

Dunlop Cry Baby Wah This is the original wah-wah pedal used to create many classic rock sounds. Relied on by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Buddy Guy, Slash, Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde and many other greats. A fast-reacting effect for unmistakable tone bending.

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6

Z-Vex Box Of Rock distortion pedal

TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive MojoMojo Overdrive will give you that flash of perfection every time you engage it, providing a crisp and clear overdrive with a rock-solid bottom end.

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7

Ibanez Tubescreamer

Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer. From Stevie Ray Vaughan to Buddy Guy, from Metallica to Oasis, everyone loves the Tubescreamer, the world's ultimate overdrive pedal. Guitar Player called it the best. Plug it in. Crank it up. You'll hear what all the fuss is about.

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8

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

Electro-Harmonix POG2 If you thought the original POG was great, the new POG2 takes you even higher! An amazing new pedal that betters the POG, the legendary Polyphonic Octave Generator made popular by artists such as White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others. Every guitarist should explore its sounds.

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9

Z-Vex Fuzz Factory

TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay & Looper Pedal TC Electronic have taken the Flashback pedal to the next level! Introducing the NEW Flashback X4 Delay & Looper Pedal. They have added in the features needed to bring the Flashback into the battle of 'best delay pedal ever'.

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10

Line 6 DL4 delay Modeler

Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler This is the delay pedal that does everything: a stomp box capable of modelling every different style of delay effect from tape loop to 24-bit digital echo, reverse and much more. Every major band seems to use one, including Oasis, U2 and many, many others. A modern classic.

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 Honourable mentions:

There are so many great FX pedals out there that we had to mention a few more that also deserve your attention!

TC Electronic Nova Dynamics : The most advanced compressor pedal. Packed with never before seen functionalities Nova Dynamics sets new standards to floor-based dynamics control.

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano : The digital reverb that many spring reverb lovers also admire. Essential for amps with no reverb or studio recordings, sounds great with vocals, too.

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man : Another classic pedal that almost made our Top 10. This analog delay is still a favourite amongst bands such as U2, Arctic Monkeys and others.

Electro-Harmonix Stereo Polychorus : One of Kurt Cobain's favourite pedals, also used by Radiohead. Lush chorus and vintage, analog flanger. Great fun! The Electro-Harmonix Small Clone also deserves a mention.

Fender Phaser Pedal : One of the coolest pedals we have in stock, this Classic Series pedal sounds great, it's pure vintage charm. Quite possibly better than the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone or MXR Phase 90. If you like phasers, you'll love it!

VOX V847 Reissue Wah-Wah Pedal : It's hard to choose between the Cry Baby and this one. Built to the exact specifications of the original pedal, this Wah-Wah is totally authentic right from its classy chrome top to its legendary growl. An original-style, vinyl carrying case is also included. really cool!

Behringer Super Flanger SF400 : Capable of classic analogue flanger tones and wild, out there tones courtesy of cutting edge DSP.

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