Top 10 Guitar Effects

Regular visitors to Guitar Site will know that we are constantly reviewing all the gear which is coming onto the market so we can provide all the guitar effects and equipment roundups you find here.

This time our friends at American Musical Supply have provided their list of the pedals and multi-effects units which they rate as the best. AMS have very similar ideas to us about what constitutes a great effects unit because most of their top 10 effects also appear in our individual effects category roundups!

1. Roland GR55 Guitar Synthesizer with GK3 Pickup Groundbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the Roland GR55 Guitar Synthesizer. The GR55 houses a world-class array of virtual guitars, basses, amps, and synth voices enabling tone and textures that have never been heard before. Thanks to its newly developed pitch-detection technology, the GR55 is faster and more accurate than ever before. Coupled with the Roland GK3 Pickup, this synth is sure to broaden your musical horizons. More Roland Guitar Synth
2. Line 6 POD HD500 HD Amp Modeling Multi-Effects Pedalboard The flagship of amp modeling, considered by many to be one of best guitar effects available, the POD HD500 Processor from Line 6 features updated modeling technologies that have achieved a breakthrough in sonic quality and realistic interaction between the guitar player and amp model. 16 built-in HD amp models along with 100 plus modern and vintage-styled effects provide an arsenal of sounds. In addition, the POD HD500 features 128 user presets, 256 factory presets, an onboard looper, a comprehensive digital and analog I/O and much more. More Line 6 Processors
3. Boss GT100 Guitar Amp and Effects Floor Processor The long-awaited follow up to the GT-10 has arrived! Meet the flagship Boss GT100 Amp and Effect Floor Processor, boasting next-generation amp modeling that recreates vintage amps, as well as providing new COSM tones that soar into the future. The user interface has been improved with a unique dual-LCD system, and EZ Tone has been enhanced with newly designed ‘Amp Customize’ and ‘OD/DS Customize’ features. The Boss GT100 processor is a powerhouse that spans from classic to futuristic in a friendly, rugged, roadworthy unit. More Boss Guitar Effects
4. Boss RC30 Loop Station Twin Pedal With USB With the addition of a second stereo track for creating more complex loops, the Boss RC30 Looper lets you expand your creativity. The RC30 also includes creative onboard effects as well as an XLR input with phantom power for looping vocals or any other source. Record up to three hours directly to internal memory adding effects as you go. Want to save your loops? No problem, just connect the USB port to your computer to import/export your WAV files. The RC30 is one of the all-time best! More Boss Guitar Effects
5. Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Distortion Pedal With its super warm, natural overdrive tone, the original TS9 is the most sought-after distortion pedal in the guitar-playing world. Billed as the re-issue that isn't, the new TS9 Tube Screamer is being built in the same factory, using the same components as the hard-to-find, original TS9. It's one of the best by guitarists who play anything from Grunge to Bluesy Rock to Metal and the hard stuff. Original TS9s are selling for ridiculous prices - up to $200 or $300 - but now through AMS you can have the same thing for the right price! More Ibanez Effects
6. Dunlop GCB95 Original Crybaby Wah Pedal When people talk about wah pedals, they’re talking about the Crybaby. The Dunlop Crybaby is the original wah pedal that created some of the most timeless sounds in rock. Its heavy die cast construction offers years of reliability and 100k ohm Hot Potz potentiometer allows for a quick, abrupt wah sound. Powered by either an AC adapter or a 9 volt battery, the Crybaby has become the standard on stages worldwide. More Dunlop Effects
7. Kemper Profiling Amplifier Guitar Amp Modeling Processor The Kemper Profiling Amplifier Guitar Amp Modeling Processor is an entirely new and groundbreaking concept for guitar amplification using digital technology. The Kemper Profiling Amplifier processor digitally captures the sonic fingerprint of virtually any guitar amp. If you have used some great-sounding, well-maintained vintage tube amps in the studio, you can create profiles from these amps to use anywhere you like, at any time. Profiles can be spiced up with the Kemper Profiling Amplifier’s included professional quality effects; you can save variations with alternative amp settings, and you can exchange the cabinet simulation within a Profile at any time. Kemper
8. Zoom G5 Guitar Amp Modeling Multi-Effects Pedalboard The Zoom G5 Guitar Amp Modeling Multi-Effects Pedalboard combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard and the power of a multi-effects pedal and USB audio interface, along with an extra LCD display/footswitch interface, Tube Booster, 3D Z-pedal and additional amp models and effects. While extremely easy to use, the Zoom G5 guitar effects processor gives you the ultimate in control over your guitar tones in stage and studio settings. More Zoom Effects
9. Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Pedal and Loop Sampler The Line 6 DL4 Delay is a programmable stomp box, chock-full of classic guitar effects. The DL4 Delay Modeler has 3 programmable presets, a Tap Tempo switch and includes a Loop Sampler; Tube, Tape, Sweep, Multi-Head and Analog Echoes; Low Res, Rhythmic, Stereo, Ping Pong, Reverse, and Auto-Volume Delays. It may be powered by either four C batteries or the optional PX2 power supply. More Line 6 Processors
10. Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal The Wampler Ego Compressor Pedal gives you a clear articulate sound thanks to the clean blend knob which blends in your original clean signal yet still thickens your tone. It also will add a ton of sustain to your notes, all without excess noise! The tone control adds in clarity and punchiness while cutting through the mix! The Wampler Ego won't screw your core tone up either like other compressors with tone controls. More Wampler Products

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What is an effects loop?

Effects Explained A series of original articles and other resources from the 'net that explain the basics of how effects work and how to apply them. Audio examples of the effects with a number of different parameters are supplied as well.

Where to buy the best effects for your guitar
zZounds has a number of guitar pedals. Including Wah Pedals and Distortion Pedals.

Beginners/ First-Time Builders

  • It's probably not as tough as you think it is to build your own effects boxes. The first time might be a little tough, but each project afterwards becomes easier and easier.
  • "Is it cheaper than buying effects boxes?" sometimes it's cheaper and sometimes it's not! However, building your own devices will most likely lead to a greater understanding of how effects boxes work and will enable you to become more comfortable with repairing commercial effects in the future.
  • What do they sound like compared to commercial effects? Well, an object is only as good as the sum of its parts. If you use quality parts (i.e.: ones close to the parts specified in the schematic) and you put everything together neatly and carefully, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between the two. Also, when you learn more, you can modify various devices to better suit your own ears.

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