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Types of Guitar Pedals

Add Overdrive and Distortion Pedals
Add Overdrive and Distortion Pedals

The second offering from Fulltone on our best overdrive pedals list, the Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Mofset is a very nice pedal that can do a little bit of everything. It has a smooth sounding overdrive, responds well to your playing dynamics, and most importantly it’s extremely versatile.

Analog Delay Pedal
Analog Delay Pedal

Versatility: An analog delay pedal tends to be simpler, i.e. it just serves as a delay pedal. Digital delay pedals have the advantage of offering more features - looping, reverse, tap tempo to name a few.

Boost Pedal
Boost Pedal

Unlike most other guitar effects pedals, there are only two conditions that need to be met for a boost pedal to be deemed good. First one is its ability to offer significant gain boost, and the other is transparency.

Chorus
Chorus

The next-most recommended chorus guitar pedal is the MXR M234 Analog Chorus. While it's hard for any other pedal on this list to compete with the versatility of the TC Electronic Corona Chorus, The MXR Analog Chorus comes close.

Connect Your Pedals With Short Patch Cables
Connect Your Pedals With Short Patch Cables

Patch cables are short lengths of quarter-inch cable that are used specifically for connecting a sequence of pedals. It would quickly become unwieldy to patch together more than one or two pedals with 12-foot lengths of stage cable, so patch cables help to keep your set-up tidy and easy to manage.

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Delay
Delay

In our research, we looked at forums like reddit, Gearslutz, Telecaster Guitar Forum, etc. and kept a tally of what delay pedals people are recommending, and made sure to note when they were the best for a certain use-case (e.g. best digital delay, best delay pedal under $100, etc).

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Digital Delay Pedal
Digital Delay Pedal

In our research, we looked at forums like reddit, Gearslutz, Telecaster Guitar Forum, etc. and kept a tally of what delay pedals people are recommending, and made sure to note when they were the best for a certain use-case (e.g. best digital delay, best delay pedal under $100, etc).

Distortion Pedal
Distortion Pedal

5 Best Distortion Pedals under $80. Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal; Boss DS1 Distortion Pedal; Joyo JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive Pedal; Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion Pedal; Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion Pedal; Choosing a Distortion Guitar Pedal. The easiest way to start shopping for a distortion pedal is to look at people you want to sound like.

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Flanger
Flanger

Enjoy the lowest prices and best selection of Chorus, Flanger & Phaser Effects Pedals at Guitar Center. Most orders are eligible for free shipping.

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Fuzz Pedal
Fuzz Pedal

While the Fuzz Star didn’t get the outright most number of recommendations to land in our top 5 fuzz pedals, it got the most recommendations in forum threads asking about the best fuzz pedal on a budget, the best fuzz pedals under $100, the best fuzz pedal for around $40, and so forth.

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Octavia Pedal
Octavia Pedal

Octave pedals can also be used to mimic a variety of other instruments. For example, octave pedals are often used to mimic a twelve string guitar, or if used with a bunch of delay and a volume pedal, can be similar to an organ. One thing to look for when shopping for an octave pedal is how well it tracks.

Overdrive
Overdrive

Few overdrive pedals can match the number of tone options that it provides. It has the solid build quality, true bypass, and tonal versatility. For these reasons, the Full-Drive2 is a very worthy entry in our top 5 overdrive pedals.

Overdrive Pedal
Overdrive Pedal

Few overdrive pedals can match the number of tone options that it provides. It has the solid build quality, true bypass, and tonal versatility. For these reasons, the Full-Drive2 is a very worthy entry in our top 5 overdrive pedals.

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Phaser
Phaser

Like I said, we’re not discriminating against phaser pedals based on price. However, your specific situation and musical leanings should inform and determine what kind of phaser pedal you buy. Let’s give our dilemma some context. The PH-3 is usually around $100, while some of the other boutique and analog phasers go up to $200 and above.

Position Your Tuner Pedal First
Position Your Tuner Pedal First

The next three pedals — PW-10, AC-3, and OC-3 — change the basic tone of the guitar. For the most variety of sound, you want all the other pedals to have a shot at the sound from these pedals, so it’s best to have them as close to the guitar as possible.

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Reverb Pedal
Reverb Pedal

One reverb pedal that surprised us with its price-to-quality ratio, and came consistently recommended in all the “budget reverb pedal” and “what is the best reverb pedal under $100” discussions is the Biyang RV-10 Tri-Reverb Pedal.

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Wah
Wah

Outside of the Dunlop wah pedals, the Morley VAI-2 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah was the highest rated and recommended one we found. In fact, a frequent topic of discussion in forums is the comparison between the Morley Bad Horsie 2 vs. the Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby Wah.