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10 of our customers' favorite effects pedals from Boss, MXR, TC Electronic and more!

All-Star Gear: Guitar Effects Pedals

With so many effects types and so many different takes on each, it's no wonder that once guitarists find the "sound in their heads" in a pedal -- or chain of pedals -- they become devoted fans.

We've compiled an All-Star list of some of our customers' favorite pedals, including all-time classic stompboxes and up-and-coming hits. Check out our list to find out if your favorites made the cut, or find a new sound for the next time you feel like stomping on something!

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Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble

"Five control knobs, perfect for honing in the sound you're looking for -- anything from wickedly liquid chorus to something very small and faint sounding."

"The best feature it has got is the low and high filters, which give you complete control over your desired sound. The pedal is very rugged and the variable knobs are very smooth and quiet."

"Sounds are just what I wanted. Smooth, warm and clean. I really love it, especially in clean tunes it sounds like it floats in the sky while you do the plucking or strumming."

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MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay

"Amazing. Super Dynamic. Totally works in all settings. The only thing that would've made this better is to be able to tap tempo. But for this price and to be the size of a phase 90, and a PURE analog delay with true bypass, I don't think it can be beat."
- Steve in Miami, FL

"I'm so happy with this purchase. I've never owned an MXR pedal before. This thing is solid, built like a brick. Easy to dial in and sounds great."
- Neal in Dallas, TX

"Delay on bass? YOU BET! The delay only works on higher notes on bottom strings, so your solo or riff will shine with this pedal."

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Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

"The thick sounds it creates are just beautiful. The versatility is amazing and the possibilities for shaping sound seem endless. The presets feature is great for playing live."
- Ari in New York, NY

"It's sturdy (I dropped it a couple times)...easy to program with almost an infinite amount of possibilities. Totally worth the price!"
- Michael in Orchard Park, NY

"Truly an incredible-sounding pedal. You can use it to get organ sounds with your guitar or beef up your lead tone. Presets make it easy to switch between settings during shows."
- Yoo Soo in Chicago, IL

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Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler

"It's exactly what I was hoping for. A very capable delay unit with multi-patch memory and idiot-proof controls."
- Kich in Dallas, TX

"Love having 3 presets and a tap tempo. I can set up three models and use them all night, tapping in the tempo I need for various songs"
- Michael in Orchard Park, NY

"This is the ultimate delay toybox in one unit. A must for experimental/open minded musicians. The Loop Sampler feature is worth a third of the price alone! It can be used to create walls of repetition or you can loop a rhythm then play a second part over the top to practice or hash out ideas."

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Pro Co Rat2 Distortion

"Friggin' great distortion, subtle, to very harsh. Melvins to Molly Hatchet. Full on old-school Rat sound. And true bypass to boot. I love it."

"From subtle to mighty. It's easy to tweak on the fly. It also works wonderfully with your guitar's volume knob."

"Nothing else can even come close to this type of distortion. The sound is so unique...awesome!"

"The filter knob lets me dial in whatever sound I need. What else is there to say...volume and distortion and simple I even understand it."

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Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

"If you have never used a guitar synth it is going to blow your mind. Imagine a switchable 12 string at a button with background strings or other instruments. Imagine a one-guitar orchestration of 'Kashmir' or 'Diary of a Madman' with strings and choir sounds. Bloody amazing is what it is."
- Paul in Dallas, TX

"I am not a big 'effects guy.' I thought I would dislike this thing. But I love it. I can do anything with it. Paired with a good DAW setup, a good speaker cabinet, and a good PA, you can basically do anything."
- Ryan in Ft. Worth TX

"I've always had trouble finding a reliable keyboardist. The GR-55 totally gave me options to play and cover songs with heavy keyboards. Now I have two awesome guitarists, one is lead and the other is lead/rhythm/keyboards."
- Sheldon in Culver City, CA

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Maxon OD808 Overdrive

"What can I say? It's the original. It sounds amazing. It's built very well. It's just an all around great product. I've used hundreds of distortion and overdrive pedals, but this is by far the best."
- Skyler in APO, AE

"It's a great price for a pedal that has found a permanent home on my board and in my studio! I will not replace this pedal for another! I have finally found the tone I was looking for."

"The pedal is a vintage-looking pedal with very basic options...but incredibly flexible when used in combination. It's all that you want in a straightforward overdrive."

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Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe

"The sound is great. It really sounds like a more expensive boutique vibe pedal, like the Fulltone Deja Vibe but at a more affordable, realistic price."

"Not a 'bad' sound in it; sweep the knobs 'til you find what you're looking for. Can have a slight volume loss if intensity is set very low. Actually use this quite a bit, sutble phaser-like tones to all-out Trower-like."

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TC Electronic Corona Chorus Pedal

"The control set is excellent and the pedal works flawlessly from slight chorus to intense, warbling chaos. It does its job well, without coloration, unless you add it with the tone control."
- Dennis in Elkins, WV

"Well-made, easy to use stereo chorus with everything from the famous Tri-Chorus to the classic SCF sound! The downloadable TonePrint library and ToneEditor capabilities make this pedal extremely versatile and effective, and worth every cent just for these features alone."
- Scott in San Antonio, TX

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Eventide Space Reverb

"The reverbs are fantastic! All the algorithms are very usable. It inspires you to write moody and dark tunes. But then again I always write moody and dark tunes."
- Steve in Arlington, TX

"Great appearance, solidly made, tremendous sound, all controls work well. This will be the centerpiece of my sound processing gear."

"I'm blown away at how awesome this pedal is. It's worth every penny! It will take a bit to get used to the controls but other than that it's perfect."
- Darren in San Antonio, TX

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