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10 of our customers' favorite effects pedals from Boss, MXR, Electro-Harmonix 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

Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble
Our 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."

"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."

MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay

MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Our 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
Our 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

Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler

Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
Our Customers Say...
"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."

Pro Co Rat2 Distortion

Pro Co Rat2 Distortion
Our 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."

"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 filter...so simple I even understand it."

Xotic SP Compressor

Xotic SP Compressor
Our Customers Say...
"The blend function allows me to dial in anything from full-on squish to clean-boost only. The internal dip switches are great for fine-tuning."
- Luke in Arcadia, LA

"I think this is the best compressor pedal for the buck. It's transparent, does what I need in a compressor, and doesn't take up much space on the pedal board. I give a big thumbs up."
- David in Plano, TX

"These little Xotic boxes are built like tanks. They are robust and have a very high quality, substantial feel to them. Great stuff and I think I'll be keeping this little compressor on my board for a very long time."
- John in Upstate, NY

Maxon OD808 Overdrive

Maxon OD808 Overdrive
Our Customers Say...
"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."

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive
Our 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
Our 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
Our 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."

"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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