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April 2, 2024

All-Star Gear: Guitar Effects Pedals

Our customers' top-rated stompboxes

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 a 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

Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble
zZounds Customers Say...
"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."
- A Happy Owner

"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."
- A Happy Owner

"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."
- A Happy Owner

MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay

MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
zZounds Customers Say...
"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."

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
zZounds Customers Say...
"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

JHS Colour Box V2 Preamp

JHS Colour Box V2 Preamp
zZounds Customers Say...
"As a producer I was just blown away. I mean, the versatility and application you get from this is just BONKERS."
- Devoye in New Rochelle, NY

"No matter what instrument you play, this is a pedal that's meant to do it all, whether you use it as an EQ, a type of distortion, or some kind of interface to clean up your signal."
- Zachary in New Roseville, CA

"Works great as an overdrive pedal for electric guitar. You can get a clean boost, distortion and overdrive, or even fuzz. Lots of tonal flexibility."
- Tanner

Pro Co Rat2 Distortion

Pro Co Rat2 Distortion
zZounds Customers Say...
"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."
- A Happy Owner

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

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

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

Line 6 HX Stomp Multi-Effects Processor Pedal

Line 6 HX Stomp Multi-Effects Processor Pedal
zZounds Customers Say...
"This pedal is incredible and you will not be disappointed no matter what you're using it for, whether recording or live. It blows my mind how far technology has come."
- Ben in Crystal River, FL

"I couldn't imagine playing without it. I've been able to find that tone I was searching for for many years, plus hundreds more. The amps, cabs, and the ability to use IRs to fully customize your tone is absolutely crazy."
- Don in Salem, IN

"I’ve had it for two weeks and my chin is still lying on the floor somewhere? The amp and cabs sound so good and real!"
- A Happy Owner

MXR EVH Phase 90 Eddie Van Halen Phaser Pedal

MXR EVH Phase 90 Eddie Van Halen Phaser Pedal
zZounds Customers Say...
"Great tonal variety and I can call up either traditional 'Script Mode' phaser sounds or 'Modern Style' phaser sounds and not just phaser effects from Van Halen songs!"
- Rick in Boca Raton, FL

"Eddie Van Halen fans, especially those of the early/Roth years, should buy this phaser immediately! You will absolutely love it! And anyone who wants a great-sounding, easy-to-use, well-built phaser should buy this as well."
- A Happy Owner

"The MXR phaser is the standard for which all others follow, and this MXR has two distinctive phase tones for the price of one."
- Laurence in Pismo Beach, CA

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive
zZounds Customers Say...
"This pedal adds a fatness and girth across all modes. Mode one really gives you a lot more gain and compression. The 2nd mode is one of the most transparent clean boosts I've ever encountered. And the 3rd mode is like a Maxon OD808 on steriods."
- Bradford in Middlesex, NJ

"Of the 3 modes, the middle position (op amp) is my favorite. Primarily used for clean boost, the biggest surprise for me was the amount of sustain it added to my sound."
- Franklin in Gibsonton, FL

"Absolutely incredible sounding and affordable. Innovative foot switching and 3 useful mode selections."
- John in Charlottesville, VA

Dunlop GCB95 Original Crybaby Wah

Dunlop GCB95 Original Crybaby Wah
zZounds Customers Say...
"The truth is it doesn't matter whether you wanna jam with blues or whether you're into heavy metal cause either way you can make use of it. Amazing really considering it's very affordable."
- A Happy Owner

"I wouldn't change a thing. If I want to do my own thing, the tone's right. If I want to sound like Slash, Zakk Wylde or Jimmy Page, the tone's there."
- A Happy Owner

"It's got great range and it's very simple to use. If you like classic rock or funky "wikka, wakka" sounds, you'll dig this pedal."
- A Happy Owner

Eventide Space Reverb

Eventide Space Reverb
zZounds Customers Say...
"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."
- A Happy Owner

"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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