Searching For The Best Guitar Pedal Recommendations?

Want to know the best guitar pedals? On the market today, there are a huge number of different guitar effects to run through and it makes it hard to figure out which ones are the “must haves”. Luckily, I took a ton of time and figured out which I would consider to be the top guitar pedals in each category. If you are an electric guitarist that is looking to get your setup complete, this resource will hopefully give you what you need to know in order to start molding your guitar tone!

Because of the number of different effects, I didn’t want to just list out a generic list of stomp boxes, I needed to categorize them in some way and of course the most logical is by the effect itself.

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Are You Looking At Rhythm or Lead Guitar Types Effects?

I looked at both!  Whether you are looking for live music or recording tasks, digital or analog,  multi channel and including everything in between.  If you are anything like me, it can sometimes be hard to control yourself when buying pedals until you end up with a huge collection of gear with only a handful of them being used consistently.  Hopefully this can help curb that too!

Where is the best place to buy?

amazonPersonally, I prefer Amazon. I like shopping online and they have a huge inventory to choose from and it is quick and easy (leading to more time for playing)! Most of the time, if you are on a budget and are looking at the more affordable side for your layout.

What Brands Did I look At?

This really depends on the type of effect. If you look at each individual page for each effect type, I did my best to choose the best and most popular brands. Just to give you a general idea though, some of my favorites are the classic and original Electro-Harmonix, Boss, and TC Electronic.

Look at my views on the following brands:

BOSS | DigiTech | Vox | Roland | Behringer | Jim Dunlop |Pyle-Pro | Fender | Biyang | Donner | Ernie Ball | Fulltone | Joyo | Tech 21 | Seymour Duncan | Rocktron |Danelectro | Ibanez | ISP Technologies | Line 6 | M-Audio | Maxon | MXR | Xotic | Earthquaker Devices | Electro-Harmonix | Mooer | Morley | Neewer | TC Electronic | Pro Co | TC-Helicon | Visual Sound | Voodoo Lab

What price ranges?

For each type, I tried to find some in all different price ranges. However, with some effects it is hard to cover all of them because some are more expensive than others. Basically though, when I could I gave some recommendations for the following:

  • Under $50
  • Under $100
  • Under $150
  • Under $200
  • etc…

What about Boutique Effects?

I am all about the boutique effects but for this site, I also had to consider price too so I do not always recommend the high end boutique stuff.

What I Omitted In My Choices

Because of the huge number of amps out there, I did not take into account how each choice would sound with a specific amp.  I really wish I could have got to that level, and maybe someday I will, but for now, I did not have the ability to take amp choices into account.

My Picks For The Best 2016 Guitar Pedals

Let’s take a look by category at the links in the menu at the top of this page – I grouped them by category like gain, modulation, etc.  Of course, I had to find out which were the most popular as well since my choice may not be exactly the same as what is most people use.  I think that this approach helped find the best choice.

Enjoy! Hope this helps you pick some new effects pedals for your guitar set up.