Best Guitar Pedals

1 J. Rockett Archer Ikon Overdrive Pedal Review

J. Rockett Archer Ikon Overdrive Pedal Review

With the super solid build in a compact sized body, this is an ideal overdrive pedal for the...

9.9
2 ZVEX Fuzz Factory Pedal Review

ZVEX Fuzz Factory Pedal Review

If you want a versatile fuzz pedal with a very fun spectrum of sound manipulation, this is a...

10
3 Source Audio Nemesis Delay Pedal Review

Source Audio Nemesis Delay Pedal Review

The Source Audio Nemesis is one of the best Stereo Delay pedals you can get.  It has so...

10
4 Goodrich 120 Volume Pedal Review

Goodrich 120 Volume Pedal Review

The Goodrich 120 Volume Pedal is a standard volume pedal for professional guitarists.  It’s even ...

10
5 Strymon Blue Sky Reverb Pedal Review

Strymon Blue Sky Reverb Pedal Review

When it comes to finding a reverb pedal that has the classic spring reverb sound with creative co...

9.9

WHAT PEDALS SHOULD EVERY GUITARIST HAVE?

While you can make a case for owning every pedal ever made, there are 

5 essential guitar pedals every guitarist must have…

Overdrive Pedal

Fuzz Pedal

Delay Pedal

Volume Pedal

Reverb Pedal

WHAT PEDALS SHOULD I GET FIRST?

Your first guitar pedal will depend on your needs.  If you are playing chicken grease style funk you will want your first pedal to be a Wah Pedal, but a good overdrive pedal can become the most important guitar pedal on your pedal board.  If you already love your tone without guitar effects you can make your first pedal a volume pedal which comes in handy for any guitarist. 

DO YOU REALLY NEED GUITAR PEDALS?

You would only need guitar pedals if the sound you are trying to achieve requires effects pedals.  To play the guitar, you don’t need guitar pedals as a vague overall statement.  It’s better to think about the sound you like or want to achieve and determine which, if any, guitar pedals you need. 

HOW MANY GUITAR PEDALS IS TOO MANY?

When it comes to effects pedals for any instrument, the answer to this is always in context to the music you are playing.  If you are exploring a psychedelic approach to art rock, the more guitar pedals the merrier.  If you are holding down the rhythm for James Brown, less guitar pedals is “more.”

Top 5 Guitar Pedals by Bob Lanzetti


#1 J. Rockett Audio Design Overdrive

9.9/10 Read review
99 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 21, 2020 2:59 am
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9.9 Expert Score

At the moment one of the most important pedals on my board is J. Rockett Audio Systems Pedal overdrive, Archer. This pedal ticks every button. It’s very compact, maybe even slightly smaller than a Tubescreamer, it’s built like a tank, it’s very robust, and it sounds fantastic. It’s a kind of 2-in-1 lever, serving as a clean boost if you turn the gain all the way down and overdrive if you turn the gain upwards.

I prefer to keep the pedal engaged all the time and change the gain level with my foot through the Option Knob system called a Wingman. The Wingman is essentially a large knob that replaces the traditional knob which allows you to change settings with your foot. The Wingman can work on most pedals I’ve tried using it on. For a variety of my results it is an integral part of my setup.

Sound
9.9
Build
10
Value
9.9
PROS
  • Awesome tonal shaping spectrum
  • Can be used to boost other drive pedals in the chain
CONS
  • Battery life is not the best

#2 ZVEX Fuzz Factory

10/10 Read review
100 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 21, 2020 1:32 am
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10 Expert Score

The Fuzz Factory ZVEX pedal does not sound like any other. From a (relatively) usual fuzz sound, to a tearing velcro sound, to a mess of self-oscillating pitches enveloping whatever note you play in, you can place it anywhere. The Fuzz Factory is always put to work when it’s time to get strange.

Sound
10
Build
10
Value
9.9
PROS
  • Unique Hand Painted Design makes each effects pedal one of a kind
  • Extremely versatile guitar pedal
CONS
  • It has a solid standard fuzz tone but if you don’t care about the versatility of the pedal and all you want is the typical fuzz tone, there are other options

#3 Source Audio Nemesis

10/10 Read review
100 %
Last Amazon price update was: January 26, 2021 11:39 am
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10 Expert Score

The Source Audio Nemesis is second only to the Archer in level of importance on my board. This pedal is like 10 delay pedals in one and solves the problem of taking 4 different road delays. You can select from a range of delay types including analog, digital, tape, reverse and many more. It’s also simple to use, fairly lightweight and it sounds fantastic. I have a Wingman on the level on this button, and another on the delay stage.

Sound
10
Build
10
Value
10
PROS
  • 56-Bit signal path with a 24-bit delay line
CONS
  • It takes time to really learn and master it’s effects

#4 Goodrich Volume Pedal

10/10 Read review
100 %
Last Amazon price update was: January 26, 2021 11:38 am
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10 Expert Score

The Goodrich Volume Pedal runs counter to my criteria of wanting small sized pedals but, to me, it is worth it. The subtlety and expressiveness provided by this pedal has made it a favorite among pedal steel musicians, where the pedal volume is almost a part of the instrument. It’s also become an important part of my sound, it’s flexibility that helps me to really get smooth, slow crescendos. It is especially useful when used in synth-like pads and for pedal-steel-like slide play alongside the Nemesis delay.

A lot of effect pedals nowadays often try to replicate the sounds of earlier devices or techniques. A pedal like the Nemesis is trying to pack a tape delay, a bucket-brigade analog delay, a digital delay, and much more into one small , portable box, and do a great job at it.

Sound
10
Build
10
Value
10
PROS
  • Rugged construction makes this volume pedal durable for touring or just keeping functional for a long time
CONS
  • Can be hard to tour with because of its size

#5 Strymon Blue Sky Reverb Pedal

9.9/10 Read review
99 %
Last Amazon price update was: January 26, 2021 11:35 am
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9.9 Expert Score

One of the things I often look for in a pedal is its ability to replicate effectively whatever sound it attempts to recreate as well as perform wild and crazy things when pushed to the extremes. The Strymon Blue Sky Reverberator is just one such pedal.

For some years now I have been using this pedal and I don’t see it falling off my board anytime long. It can quite convincingly recreate classic spring reverb sounds found in ’60s Fender amps while still giving you the option to get an endless bed of reverb, change timbres, and even change pitches with a twist of a knob. Perhaps not the most important pedal on my board but one of my favorites.

Sound
9.9
Build
10
Value
9.9
PROS
  • Decay controls are exceptionally built and fun to play with
CONS
  • A great addition to a pedal board- but not a stand alone pedal