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Top Ten Effects Pedals of All Time

January 18, 2014

Alright, alright, alright. I already know what you're going to say. So go ahead and say it. Whatever it is, it's totally valid. To narrow down to ten pedals was nearly impossible-- but that's what makes it fun to whip up these lists. We're surrounded with pedals-- there are thousands of unique pedals out there in the world and thousands of each of those thousands. If you picture PGS like one of those ball pits from Chuck E Cheese, but where it's effects pedals instead of little plastic balls, you'd be pretty much on the money. With the proliferation of pedals out and about, we sat down to narrow down to 10 totally classic, totally game changing pedals. Chances are you own or have owned several of these classics - and if not, my money is on you owning one of them at some point in your life. Without further adieu-- here are PGS' Top Ten Effects Pedals of All Time!

 

 

10. EHX Deluxe Memory Man

This thing is a modulation lover's dream come true. An analog delay pedal that also has chorus and vibrato, making this a one stop shop for warm, textured tones. Early U2 was brought to you almost exclusively by the DMM. Check out any of the Edge's work on their first few albums-- or just go straight to "Pride (in the name of love)" and marvel at the wonder of this gentle giant!

 

 

9. ProCo Rat

A distortion pedal that was used by everyone from David Gilmour and Jeff Beck to Peter Buck and Graham Coxon to Jerry Cantrell and James Hetfield, the RAT never met a genre it couldn't play nice with. The filter control on this made it wildly flexible. Check out Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop album to hear the pedal in action. 

 

 

8. Boss DM-2 Delay

Before digital delay roamed the earth (starting in, say, the late 80s), warm, rich, bucket brigade analog delay ruled the school. This classic compact Boss pedal provided up to 330ms of analog echo. Check out the Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" or Foo Foghters' "Rope" to hear this classic in action. 

 

 

 

7. Fuzz Face

Simply put, without the Fuzz Face, there might not have been Hendrix. Without Hendrix, there might not have been you or I! Go put "Foxey Lady" on the hi-fi to revist this legendary pedal, one of the four basic fuzz groups!

 

 

6. Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble

This beast of a box brought big, thick, wide stereo chorus to rock and roll, making arena rock rockier and rock ballads balladier. You could listen to any of a number of Rush songs from the 70s/80s to get a feel for this baby, but my money is on Robin Guthrie's work on Cocteau Twins' Heaven or Las Vegas. 

 

 

5. Cry Baby Wah

The wah never goes out of style. The Crybaby has been around since the 60s and has been heard on (your favorite guitar solo). Listen to Slash rip up the end of "Sweet Child of Mine" if you want to wrap your head around how awesome the CryBaby is and always will be. 

 

4. Digitech Whammy

One of the crazier effects on this list, the Whammy was the first pedal to let players control pitch with an expression pedal. Tom Morello is heavily associated with the Whammy-- you can hear his mad skillz on "Killing in the Name Of" ...

 

 

3. MXR Phase 90

Eddie Van Halen. The Brown Sound. BOOM! {see "Eruption!}

 

 

2. EHX Big Muff

The Muff brought sweet sustain to the fuzzy tones of rock and roll. It has been on legendary albums by everyone from Pink Floyd to Smashing Pumpkins and a zillion bands in between. Often copied but never quite duplicated, the Muff just freaking rocks. 

 

1. Ibanez Tubescreamer

It's just the most ubiquitous, most copied overdrive ever-- and I would be that at least 50% of electric guitarists who own any pedals at all have once owned a TS or a TS clone. Made famous by practically everyone, but notably Stevie Ray Vaughan, this smooth and symmetrically clipping overdrive has been a go-to for over 30 years and works in almost ALL styles of music, which is why we're calling it: Numero Uno. 

Comments

  1. Steve S. says:

    Andy…come on!  I bought the Hardwire Supernatural from you because of all the hype you gave it…and I love it!  But it didn’t make your list?

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm
  2. Kevin says:

    What a great deal of fun these lists are, and these are hard picks to argue with. How about the ten most underrated pedals? As usual, I enjoyed the article.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
  3. Simon says:

    Pigrtonix Envelope Phaser, Ethos pedal, Marshall ‘Guvnor…. I love these discussions also.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  4. Roger W says:

    No one wants to admit it but the Boss DS-1 is the #1 pedal!!!!!
    We all had/have one :)

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  5. sarah says:

    be interesting to see a Top 25 Best pedals :)

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm
  6. Tim says:

    I owned most of the pedals on this list back in the day…wish I still had them now!

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm
  7. William T Branch says:

    Wow!!  I have on my board (really it’s just the floor) FIVE of these pedals.  And at one time or another I have contemplated the others. The only pedal I will never buy is the Whammy. One of the reasons being, is what you stated in your column. “Tom Morello is heavily associated with the Whammy—you can hear his mad skillz on “Killing in the Name Of” ... My Loathing for this DOUCHE is to the point I won’t buy anything he is associated with.  Who knows he may get royalties from the manufacturer for using their pedal.  That is probably not true, but I don’t want to risk putting any money in this A-Holes pocket.  If there is one Guitarist (and I use that term VERY loosely) in this world that I hate.  It’s Tom “NO TALENT” Morello. F him, F his playing and F his guitar. I am a die hard Strat player. If he started playing Strats. I would sell all my Strats and buy Teles. If he went to Teles I would buy Jazzmasters etc. OK sorry about the tangent but this guy makes me see RED!!

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm
  8. Tim says:

    yeah,
    I have owned every pedal on that list from the crybaby on up, and what I don’t own now I probably have clones of in some other pedal.
    All of them are so iconic, so readily identifiable, for a while, I deliberately sought pedals that didn’t use these circuits at all. But they sound really good, so they inevitable wind up back on my board.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  9. Peter says:

    @William T Branch - Normally don’t reply to people like you but…please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Morello#Guitars

    #2 and #3 guitars are a Strat and Tele. Better start selling that gear.

    Instead of hating on the guy, maybe learn a little bit about him and take some tips from his playing. Just a thought.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  10. David L. says:

    @William T Branch Hate to break it to you, but Tom Morello almost always used a Strat when playing ‘Bulls on Parade’ live, and for ‘Killing in the Name’ he almost always used a Telecaster. He also makes frequent use of a Crybaby.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm
  11. Anton Kavan says:

    Which are rhe four basic fuzz groups?

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm
  12. William T Branch Hater says:

    Hey Willy boy… quit yankin on your wee little willy and get a live you scumbag.  Rage against the Machine has principals. And they rage against your fuk-en right-wing boyz..  Go suck on some Hannity A-hole.  and while you’re at it, sell all your guitars because yer a poser.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  13. William T Branch says:

    William T Branch Hater Rage has Principals, are you Kidding or just retarded? They support Occupy Wall St.  The only people who support that trash.  Ar the ones who want to be on the Government’s Dime and NEVER work.  That is the kind of SHIT you support.  I’m a poser. You have no idea who I am or what I do.  You low life piece of shit.  You can’t even use your name.  Who’s the poser.  Get out of your parent’s basement and put down the retarded Video Games.  If you had any Balls you would use your name. You little Scum Sucking Knob Jobber.  Maybe that’s your problem, sucking on the scum of the Earth like Tom Morello.Eat shit Faggot

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm
  14. Soporifix says:

    There’s always that one douchebag…

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm
  15. Red Cedar says:

    When I was in high school (1974) a friend cracked my acoustic guitar’s top. In exchange he gave me his Maestro Fuzz. I sold it a couple years later for gas money.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  16. Will Puth says:

    Alrighty, Mr. Branch.  Give it up.  I’m hoping your comments will be deleted by the moderator soon enough, because your comments are ridiculous.  Your inappropriate remarks should not be tolerated here in this blog.  Besides your inappropriate remarks, your rant makes it very clear that you, sir, are indeed a poser.  So you can question it all you want and respond as childishly as you like, but even the biggest Morello haters know he used a strat if they listened to (or watched) Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club or The Nightwatchman even with a casual hearing.  A simple listening to his recordings can reveal he uses a strat.  This is why we all know you are a poser.  You can’t even recognize your own favorite guitar in a recording or in pictures of your nemesis.
    Beyond your evident posership, you can dislike Morello all you want, but your use of derogatory terms show your level of class (or lack thereof).  As a lesson for the future, learn to share your opinion respectfully and tactfully and without the use of homophobic pejoratives.  I’m sure you have a wonderfully poignant response, but I’ll be sure to go to sleep and dream of a world where people don’t use “faggot” as an insult anymore.  Even if you do come up with some wonderful response showing your sheer mastery over guitar in the form of a link to your live performances and recordings that have sold millions of copies or your eloquent and profound reviews of other guitarists, your vocabulary and usage are completely inexcusable.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  17. David L. says:

    I always find it interesting that no matter how much some people go on and on about hand wired boutique pedals, I almost ALWAYS see the Electo-Harmonix DMM and Big Muff on Top Ten lists. Doesn’t the inclusion of the Big Muff really depend on the version though? Actually, I’d love to see a rundown on the various Big Muff versions on here, since that’s always sort of perplexed me.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm
  18. William T Branch says:

    OK I agree my comments to William T Branch Hater was inexcusable It was a poor attempt to lowering myself to his level.  As far as Poser. Everybody has a right to their opinion.  And my opinion of Tom Morello is no basis for calling me a poser.  If you are a fan more power to y.ou.  I have no idea what his music sounds like and don’t want to know.  When Rage first hit the musics scene.  I gave a listen and quickly decided the so called music was shit.  So I have not listened to any of their crap in over 20 years.  The more I hear of this malcontent the more I dislike him and every thing he stands for.  He is against everything that this country use to stand for.  All I can say is, if the USA is so terrible why is he still here. I saw a video that Andy did a while back of a Tom Morello song as a lesson. All it was , is mindless switching back and forth of the Pup selector, hardly what anybody might call music. And just because I have not sold millions of copies does not make me a poser.  There are plenty of people on this site who play for sheer enjoyment.  I am not a poser!  Do I play for others, am I a Gigging musician, NO! But I play for my enjoyment and That’s all I want to do.  Not everybody has the need for others approval or to be the center of attention. I love playing and don’t want it to be anymore than that.  Once you start gigging it becomes a job and I don’t want my music to be a job.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm
  19. tommy says:

    Hi everybody. I’m eight years old, and want to learn to play guitar. My mom said go find out more about it first. So… what kind of pedal is a Knob Jobber?

    Thank you.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm
  20. tom morello says:

    william!,,,,, you douche

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm
  21. mark says:

    @tommy, i think the knob jobber is the sister company of the electric mistress,,,, and the cousin,,,, and the uncle.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm
  22. Tony says:

    @Steve S, Andy hypes up every pedal that comes into PGS…its his job.__.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm
  23. Jesse says:

    I own 4 of what is mentioned, EHX Memory Man,Boss DM-2,Vox-Thomas Organ Co. Cry Baby, and the Ibanez-Maxxon TS-808, what I found most likeable is the open big tone of each but the real cool feature is the clean tone of each, leaving this wah set to basic open gives ya a historic account of a filter that many,many players used including SRV it’s unique and with a OD or Distortion cocking this wah to it’s midrange sweet spot yields the beautiful lush feedback and mega loved lead tone. Another note would be just in the chain not turned on, the early Ibanez TS-808s will yield ya a semi-bright mid tone that even SRV and many others used along with the wah to the perfect signature rhythm and lead tones known as the Lead Boost that tube amps love.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm
  24. Rick 'Poppa Dawg' Halisheff says:

    Love the lists and e-mails from you guys and gals! I try to read most of them and appreciate the work you folks do. As a professional musician for 30 years, I like seeing the reviews on gear and hearing what people have to say about it. However, I dislike immensely, the negative vibe of some of these posts. I appreciate everyone being passionate but some mutual respect would be in order perhaps.

    Thank you.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm
  25. Moiseslimacwb says:

    In the Top Ten, in some way I think that it has to be a Flanger, like the EHX Electric Mistress.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm
  26. Muflon says:

    In the top 10 I would put legendary BOSS DS-1

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  27. Mike says:

    A Boss DS-1 is a lot like a chunky girl,we all like to play with one, we just don’t want to be seen with one.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  28. Rick Werneck says:

    Oh, my God! I just found that, according to you, I own the four best effect pedals of all time: Tube Screamer 30th anniversary, the Big Muff, the Phase 90 and the Digitech Whammy. Plus, I’m planning to by a Cry Baby, the fifth best.

    posted on January 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm
  29. Eric_K says:

    My first “semi-professional” guitar rig when I was in H.S. in the late 80s was a stock Fender Lead ll through a Rat and a Crybaby into a Marshall JCM800 2x12 combo.  It was a monster…and sometimes monstrous. ;-)  I love the articles here.  Thanks!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 12:09 am
  30. Mdwak says:

    I have owned every pedal on the list and have none of them now ( I’m in my 50’s ) , There are more refined and better designed pedals out there now that have taken their place , Great list though, I really think this is the golden age right now for Amps ,effects and also Guitars,So many choices and great build quality , Something for every one

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 12:27 am
  31. Daniel Hogan says:

    No Uni-vibe?

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:22 am
  32. Mark S says:

    I think this is the first top 10 list I’ve ever seen that got it right. Yes, I’ve owned every pedal on the list. And these are not my personal top 10 favorites, but historically it’s hard to argue. Except if these are in order the Whammy should be down towards the bottom. You can’t place it above the Wah. That’s just crazy.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:30 am
  33. matt says:

    Simply put, without the Fuzz Face there would have been Hendrix.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:47 am
  34. Matt Edwards says:

    Thank god the Klon Centaur was not on the list.

    I’ve had one and they are the most over-rated pedal of all time..

    Maybe the next list should be…Top 10 most over-rated bits of kit.

    Love it.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:51 am
  35. Stefaun says:

      NONE of these would be on my list !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:53 am
  36. Matthew Conte says:

    well here we are again.sitting around trying to figure out a way to tell andy hes wrong or he left something out.or tom m is a dick..go practice and let folks play what they want.did any of you buy any pedals from pgs ?probably not.did you talk a lotta shit while you stood in the mirror with your squire bullet strat knowing you couldnt restring it if you wanted too…thank god my playing is so much better then you guys..tell andy and tom your sorry….and never ever say something bad about rebecca dirks..and buy a pedal from pgs,instead of that penis enlarger you been saving your allowence for…and practice

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 2:49 am
  37. Peter Andreev says:

    I usually hate when people respond to these lists by saying “I can’t believe you forgot XXXX” but in this rare case, I must say the Univibe deserves a spot here.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 3:07 am
  38. joe says:

    +1 univibe

    Dump the Whammy.

    Is this best of all time, or best OLD PEDALS? ‘Cause I certainly wouldn’t put the Boss chorus on today’s list. Back in the day, sure. So, “of all time” means the 20th century?

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 3:34 am
  39. ML says:

    I have a Russian made Big Muff from the 90’s (it came in a wooden box!).  It’s black with yellow graphics.  The meaty, sustained distortion is great, but the fun part is that this one will occasionally, unpredictably, lose its mind and produce a weird shrieking, howling cacophonous delight before reverting back to its regular self.  Slightly broken, but in a good way!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 3:50 am
  40. Leif says:

    I second the Klon centaur being over rated.  Yeah they are half decent, but because some arse makes them in limited quantities are they really worth what they are asking for them?  NO!
    Analogman makes an equal drive as does Keeley, and they don’t need to charge for the sparkle paint and crappy decal.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:03 am
  41. Yemhek says:

    I’d rephrase the fundamental question to be, “what are the ten most popular transformations we can apply to our guitar sound?”  Since there are so bloody many ways to get those sounds nowadays, owning an vintage or iconic stompbox seems kinda pointless…all this stuff lives inside my AxeFXII.  And other multi-effect pedals I own.  And clones or “enhanced” versions of the originals I’ve purchased over the years.

    That said, I still have a Famous Green Box on my pedalboardl And I’ve owned a most of the ones mentioned in the article (minus the Whammy, the Rat, and the Fuzz Face).

    Does anyone besides me miss the 70’s Foxx pedals?

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:03 am
  42. Al Kovalov says:

    Rangemaster. Period.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:15 am
  43. Michael says:

    Great list indeed and i’ve owned 4 of them in the past and can nowadays sim them close enough with my L6 M9, however for my OD/Dist i still like to use pedals, like the KoT, CJOD (Bing it), Lovepedal Fuse, MXR SuperBad*ss (great highgainer) and the newist and cheapist a ModTone Fuzzer, that blew my mind with the fuzzy tone this thing put’s out… but the first thing in line is what counts the most and that’s my TB.
    I’m not saying it should be on the list, but everyone from Clapton, to Sanatan, to Page, to Tony Iommi, to Brain May (taped to his guitar strap always), to Jeff Beck, to Judus Priest guitarist, to so many other well know player’s… and it’s been kind of a secret weapon.
    What is it you may ask… it’s the Dallas Rangermaster treble booster into a hot running tube amp… find one of them nowadays and you’re going to pay big time, there’s one on ebay now and they’re looking to get 5k for it… i went through about 10 clones til i found a great sounding one, which is made by Danneburg Electronics.
    So if you want to add some creamy ooze to the plate here it is… been playin’ 30+ years the first 20 without a TB and the last 10+ with, it has become a staple as much as a CryBaby.
    Hope this helps… and to willy and his haters, please let us all pray that we can be kinder in the future… music is a beautiful thing, lets not make it ugly, thanks in advance.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:43 am
  44. Claytus says:

    Dist+ or DOD 250 shoulda been on here and the ce-1 should not… You know the EHX electric mistress was soo much more widely used

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:56 am
  45. Spy says:

    Another list! Wow. Glad not to see any flavour-of-the-month boutiques, but… “simply put, without the Fuzz Face, there might not have been Hendrix”? Are you on drugs? Don’t you think that Hendrix’s star would still find its way to shine and hall-of-fame glory with just about any gear he would have available?

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 6:05 am
  46. Colin says:

    I’m proud to say I own 2 of the ten…the cry baby & big muff pi !!!!!!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 6:20 am
  47. Greg says:

    I wish I still had my Roland CE-1. Tried it out in Steve’s Music when after hearing Lifeson played one. Hit that Hemispheres opening chord and it was sold.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 7:24 am
  48. Nick says:

    Glad to see that faggy Klon Centaur not on the list.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 7:27 am
  49. Crazy PEte says:

    Wher’es the fuckikg DOD PUNKIFIER???????????????

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 7:35 am
  50. CBJ says:

    While my vote goes with the Rangemaster it really was a misunderstood effect to the point that no one knew what to do with it.
    I believe this stems from most young guitarists inability to use the guitars volume knob as part of the sonic/dynamic drivers of the system and cranking everything to eleven. I know this from personal experience and it took a bit to break the habit.
    On another note I have the ProCo R2DU and simply love the ability to cascade them for that massive sound. Twice as good as the Ratt!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 8:24 am
  51. RonNichols says:

    You forgot one of the most important pedals of all time that I bet more people currently have than any of the other ones on the list: The Boss TU-2 (or TU-3).

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 9:41 am
  52. Juliano says:

    BOSS DS-1 #1 FTW :D
    It’s a noob pedal but, like Roger W said, everybody had/have one.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  53. Barry Morse says:

    William T Branch your comments are offensive to just about every group in the world go home and iron your white sheet

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
  54. MoJoToJo says:

    Whammy needs to go & be replaced with the Univibe in that list.

    Check out this link for photos of one of Hendrix original Univibes
    http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/restoring-the-jimi-hendrix-univibe/

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
  55. Dragan says:

    What? No MXR Flanger. Come on now… You heard of Van-Halen or The Cure or Siouxsie and the Banshees to name only a few bands that used that effect… Just saying…

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
  56. William T Branch says:

    Barry Morse you are an A$$, when did I mention race?  I have members of my family who are African-American. That comment is offensive to me and my Black family members. You want to call me out. Go ahead but leave innocent people out of the equation. I guess you just had to stoke the fires a little,huh. This whole S**T storm was blowing over but you just had to fan the flames. Does it make you feel better about yourself accusing someone of something he never did. Just so you know, Racist Bigots are my pet Peeve. I hate all Racists. TO accuse me of Racial Bigotry is neither correct nor necessary Go flame somebody else.

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  57. simonate says:

    I thought this blog was about the top 10 effects pedals and not about RATM or Morello. You are all a bunch of douchebags whatever the fuck that means.

    ps. who the hell are the foo foghters!!!????

    douchbags!!!

    lol btw!!!

    posted on January 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm
  58. Eric says:

    Those are some cool pedals, no doubt. One of my all time favorites is the Dunlop Uni-Vibe. That one gets a lot of playing time. Great old school sound….....

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 2:07 am
  59. eharmicar says:

    What about the original LPB-1 by Electro Harmonix,the original gain /overdrive ,bought one new in 1972,wish I still had it.

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:44 am
  60. martin sandström says:

    William T Branch, your comments are the most stupid shit i´ve read in a long time, fucking conservative redneck. what the fuck do you know or understand about music? not much it seems. so go back to under the rock from which you were hiding & listen to your generic corporate shit music.

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm
  61. Ezio says:

    As always, great article.  The new Fulltone Clyde Deluxe - Incredible Wah!!

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm
  62. Michael Dean says:

    Great list, although I only currently own two (Wah and Whammy). I like how you incorporated them with individual artists and songs. Great job…As for Morello, what an innovative player. Is it hard to play? Not really. Do I agree with all of their political stances, not necessarily but I appreciate his style and passion.

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm
  63. Nomad says:

    Gee, this is the first time ever I see anyone calling Mr Morello a douche and a lousy player. Apart from being a massive troll, it is scary to see how people go nuts when they hear someone talking or singing about justice or redistribution. But then again, you guys do seem to live in the most polarized, unequal, lawyered, undereducated, criminalized, spied on, violent, religious and racist country of the Industrialized world, it would not be possible without killing or excommunicating your own prophets.
    As far as the pedals go, great list of classics! Keep up the good work, PGS. And by the way, Mr Whammy Morello has his place in this list, just like Mr Hendrix and others, and maybe not for his virtuosity or message but surely for the impact on players worldwide and the case he made for a pedal.

    posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm
  64. cormac zoso says:

    How about the MXR DynaComp? I find it indispensible truth be told ... esp with a Strat (or single coil) ... really holds the tone together and brings a nice round sound to it ... not to mention the sustain it adds ... really nice for playing using only hammer-ons, etc (for example, duplicating Hendrix’ solo on ‘Wild Thing’) :)

    but it is an excellent list and as excellent job as always ...

    honestly i’d have a hard time not throwing in the Boss DS-1 as mentioned, and, as mentioned, i think we’ve all owned one at one time or another ... i still have one on my board tho i had it modded by IndyGuitarist long ago ...

    you could throw in the Boss Blues Driver BD-2 as well ... i find it’s about the best natural overdrive around and for forty bucks it’s darn hard to beat when you consider the price plus the tone it gives ... a real bargain

    as mentioned, i think we need a Top 25 list just to add in all our faves lol :)

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 2:47 am
  65. Benagro says:

    I agree with those who say that we need at least 25 top pedals and, by the way, more pedals more fun!
    I would definitely add those:

    Electro Harmonix: Electric Mistress (magic of the flanging, Frank Zappa to say one?)
    Electro Harmonix: Small Stone Phase Shifter (phasing available to the common people!)
    Electro Harmonix Dr. Q (Quack quack quack… what a fun)
    Boss: Super Overdrive (the yellow little beast has made a good job for a lot of us, including Steve Vai!)
    Boss: TU 2 (or TU 3, it’s the magic pedal that made us all playing it tuned!)

    What do you think?

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 3:27 am
  66. Single Coil says:

    Love this list of pedals. I currently have 4 of them on my board.  Actually I have WAY TOO MANY pedals. So many that I begin to feel sorry for the ones sitting on the sidelines. I may need professional help because I still want more. Is there a help group for what ails me?  And I agree, no list is complete if it doesn’t included an MXR DynaComp. Especially for us single coil lovers.  Can I give a shout-out to a Cesar Diaz Tremadillo while I’m at it?  Mr. Branch, is that Strat and Tele your getting rid of vintage or ??  How hard will it be to remove the swastika?

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:05 am
  67. William T Branch says:

    Single coil, SWASTIKA, really?  You are such an ASS. Comparing what I said to Nazi crap.  I am sure if there are any Jewish people here thsy are equally offended.  OH I see if somebody says something you find offensive you have to be even more offensive.  I guess that is why you can’t use your name huh weasel.  You must be a 40 YO still living at home with mom and Dad that’s if you had a Dad. Huh, weasel. Everbody is so offended at my earlier remarks but not so offended that they can use their name.  Bunch of spineless assholes.

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:43 am
  68. freepapercup.com says:

    What I like most with the Dunks Hi Nagoya is the colourway. Don’t just get used of Nike Ralph Lauren Polo exclusives because I will tell you that freepapercup.com there’s lot more from them. The shoe carries a natural base as Ralph Lauren Vest most of the Ralph Lauren Polo sneaker uses it

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm
  69. Barry Morse says:

    William T Branch I was not referin to racism I was refering to the other groups of people that you were discriminating against Here is a hint for you the wearers of the sheets are more of a cliche for purveyors of hate by the way Tom Morello is black

    posted on January 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm
  70. William T Branch says:

    Barry Morse let me put it is simple terms that even a Dumb Ass like you can understand.  I don’t give a Rat’s Ass what color Tom Morello is.I don’t care if he’s black, white, brown or purple with pink spots. I treat all people regardless of Race, Religion, Nationality or Sexuality the same. And another I am not discriminating against anybody.  I chose poor language, that is a given. I stated in a post that I was using crude language that another person posting stupid statements would understand.  In other words I was making a statement using what l thought HE uses in every day conversation. All because I do not like a particular guitar player mainly for his politics. If you said you don’t like Jimi Hendrix, who happens to be MY favorite guitar player.  I would say nothing.  Everybody has a right to their opinion. That backfired on me. I guess I did not see the backlash from people who could not read between the lines.  I never use that language As a matter of fact when I showed it to a friend who happens to be a Gay Woman she laughed Back to the discrimination. Did I keep someone from getting a job, a new house, a car loan.  Those are examples of discrimination. Now if you want to say I made some off color foolish remarks….. Guilty of not thinking it through.  I was merely trying to state how much I dislike Tom Morello for his political views.  I am in favor of Capitalism and a Free Market.  where as Tom Morello is in favor or Communism and Socialism.  Both I think have caused more harm,  and Loss of life than all the Wars in History combined.  Don’t believe me read up on Marxism,  The Russian Czars, Stallin, Lenin, Mao Tse-Tung, etc. This is the last time I will comment on this subject.  A lot of venomous remarks aimed at me were done so for stupid reasons.  I say something you don’t like so you have to come back with something worse. CHILDISH.  Like I have already stated the remarks I made was an attempt to lower my choice of language to another.  So if anybody else wants to say some more crude insults.  That’s on you. But it doesn’t make you any better than me.  I know who I am and a Bigot is not me. I guess it makes you feel better to insult what you can not understand.

    posted on January 23, 2014 at 5:55 am
  71. Paul says:

    If you study the issue in depth, Jesus was a communist, communal sharing, no wealthy class an an so on. Socialism of feeding and caring for the poor. “Give away all that you have and follwow me”. Adherents of all that seldom grasp what is going on, they claim belief in things which they simply do not grasp. Marxist Communism was a Utopian society. Problem with humanity is every time something is made manifest in practice it becomes corrupt and fouled by lunatics and human greed. If you think good old Christians have not been responsible for horendous things in human history then you have not studied real history. Simply rendered all forms of givernment have serious flaws and no system can sustain indefinitely, we do not know the time frame for Capitalism but it is falling apart. There are good things to be used and taken from all forms rather than demonize socialism and communism as mere words. Social Security is socialism, health care that all civilized countries have for their people is socialism. Taking care of the poor and unfortunate is socialism. Communism professed the axiom from each according to their ability, to each according to their need. Capitalism is so greed manifest

    posted on January 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm
  72. Pedal says:

    Top Ten of all Time, seriously. Worst list ever.
    A load of crap pedals I left behind so long ago.
    And really the new Whammy V is polyphonic and instead of the worn out terrible weeeeooo thing, it has fantastic harmonizer modes. Of the thousands of ODs the original TS?? So many uncountable mods of this circuit and pretty much ALL of them far better than the old Green non bypass, low volume, poor bass one. What about ODs not TS based like the Tim/Timmy or Klon?
    The Univibe and its modern revamps like the new Deja MDV3. Fuzz Face was what is was but Octavia made Jimi’s sound different. Suck delay, any number of tc or Strymon pedals put that one to shame.
    Crybaby? Everyone one knows Jimi used a Vox, Clapton, Trower, countless others and it was the first one, Clyde.
    Phase 90 is a classic, EVH model is bypass and contains both the script and block circuits, plus LED and external power, the old one just not as good.

    posted on January 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm
  73. Michael says:

    Paul, Jesus was no communist… He never forced anything on anyone, when He said to give all away and follow Him, He was addressing what had the rich man in bondage, it wasn’t a general statement to all followers, again not by force. The true church is called to do acts of compassion, not forced and has done more good in the world than can be measured. As well the true church never harmed anyone, although imposters posing as the church did do much harm… i will not elaborate further as this is not the forum for such and only replied in hopes of correcting your error.

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 2:19 am
  74. Joshj says:

    @ William T Branch Hater… WHat does the right wing or Sean Hannity have to with anything? And if they do have to do with anything at least they dont beleive in killing babies, communism, driving up our countries debt/ destroying any well off future for our grandchildren, taking away my right to defend myself in any way i seefit, forcing my religion to conform to acts that go against our beleifs, redistributing wealth, lieing about everything, turning the media into watch dogs, forcing there communist beleifs on everyone, making it so none will ever be able to be better off, demonizing wealthy people who worked there ass off for the money they have, destroying our healthcare system with obama care, re-electing obama after four years of failure, and just generally pissing on the constitution and my GOD given rights. I dont beleive in abortion and i dont think that gays shouldnt be able to destroy what i beleive to be a sacred thing…..marriage. And instead of letting me have my beleifs, the left has to try and shut everyone down who dosnt agree with them. And you know what else? IM sick of you communist assholes demonizing good honest peopl like Sean Hannity, Glen beck, and Rush limbaugh just becuase you dont agree with them. its funny how the left is made out to be the loving, caring ones. they destroy anyone who disagrees with them, makes up lies about them, and gets there media watch dogs to push those lies. And guess what happens when they get caught?  Nothing. Becuase if you disagree with Obama your racist, if you are against killing helpless babies your sexist, and if you find marriage to be a sacred communion between a man and women your a bigot. Well Im fuckin sick of it. Liberals can have there point of views without being demonized by the media, Why cant conservatives????? Fuck you man. Your a nazi peice of shit. Oh and one more thing, the Nazis? they were as left wing as they come.  Two more thing.. bengazi and BAilouts. Those two words speak for themself. Why dont you go suck George Sorros’ dick? leave it to a leftist asshole to turn this into a politics discussion.

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 3:41 am
  75. William T Branch says:

    Joshj, I am with you 100%.  The Loons on the Left can spew forth all the hate and venom they want. The media or should I say the Main stream media will never call them.  Just look at the vile garbage Martin Bashiir said about Sarah Palin. Did anybody at MSNBC call him out, or any other media outlet.  Besides Fox News, which did a report about it. Before you Fox News haters comment.  Look at shows like the Five and Greta.  They are as fair and balanced as anyone. Where MSNBC and CNN only give views from the Left, the FAR Left.  Being a Christian is becoming a targeted group in this country. Where any other group can say whatever they please and it is excused by saying it is their culture.  This whole thing started because I simply stated that I do not like Tom Morello, mainly because of his politics. I have been basted on this forum because of this.  Should have known.  This is what the folks on the Left always do.

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 4:20 am
  76. The Ghost of Rodney King says:

    Can’t we all just get along?

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 4:53 am
  77. Keith says:

    Agree with those saying to 86 the Whammy.  In it’s place I’d have to go with the Univibe as others have suggested.  I would also suggest that if we’re going to entertain the Dallas Rangemaster as a candidate I’d have to toss the old echoplex into the debate.  Sure, it’s not actually a stomp, but it was one of the first echos and should warrant a spot on the list anyway.  I’ve never been a fan of the Rangemaster and have always viewed it as a crutch to help early amps (like the bassman) that didn’t have separate pre/master knobs get OD distortion.  A Rangemaster on a modern amp is as useless as tits on a boarhog.  ;-)      On the politics, why mess up a good discussion on musical eqpt with a topic that almost nobody can agree on?

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 6:28 am
  78. Keit says:

    Oh… and good article.  I thoroughly agreed with the rest of the choices (have owned most of them).  Who wrote the article btw?  It wasn’t ‘signed’.

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 6:30 am
  79. greg m says:

    ok here are my picks for top ten in no order.
    maestro echoplex-70s version , 2 knob tonebender, early vox wah, roland CE-1,blues driver, script phase-90, original rat, boss CE-2 digital delay, fuzz face, early version, tycobra octavia.

    posted on January 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm
  80. AD9000 says:

    Surprised not to see the MXR Dyna Comp on the list, maybe UniVibe too as others commented - otherwise, excellent choices. However, I was shocked to see how quickly the comments degenerated into completely unnecessary vitriol and ignorance. Come on, people, we’re better than that!

    posted on January 26, 2014 at 4:20 am

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