Distortion is such a personal choice. If you are in search of the best guitar distortion pedals, this list offers some solid options.
Distortion is a type of overdrive, or more accurately, overdrive is a type of distortion. Usually, when we talk about distortion, we’re talking about overdrive with a very high gain that’s very fuzzy and compressed. It’s a different, more controlled sound than FUZZ though, and it’s created in a different way as well. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Distortion Pedals?”
The Empress Effects Heavy Dual-Channel Distortion pedal is designed for Heavy Metal and beyond. This is a two-channel overdrive capable of delivering very heavy distortion. Using transistors, the Empress Distortion features a completely analogue distortion. The Gain controls adjust the amount of gain applied to the signal, the Weight control adjusts the character of your low end, and the Mid control allows you to adjust the midrange tone on each channel. You can set the tone center of the Mid control knob with the three-position Mid Frequency switch, which allows you to choose between 250hz, 500hz, or 2000hz. The Output control knob adjusts the volume of the effect. Both channels share the same Hi and Low EQ controls, and each has its own three-position Gate switch to allow you to choose between None, Natural, or Aggressive to control the noise between notes. The Heavy Dual-Channel uses soft touch relay switches for noiseless operation, and it also features true bypass for an uncorrupted signal when the pedal is not in use. It’s powered via external 9-volt adapter, and housed in a die-cast aluminum case.
As the name suggests, the MXR M134 Stereo Chorus Pedal can put out a mono or a stereo effect, featuring two output jacks to accommodate this feature. The chorus effect is adjusted with an Intensity control that adapts the level of the chorus effect added to the signal. A Width control adjusts the depth of the effect, from barely there, to big swirly waves. Continue reading “MXR M134 Stereo Chorus”
The latest iteration of the line of Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals is the TS808DX. This modern version has some cool features not seen before. The TS808DX is actually two pedals in one, the Tube Screamer and a clean signal boost. It features the same three control knobs you probably know from earlier versions: Overdrive adjusts the amount of overdrive added to the signal; Tone adjusts the level of high end frequencies present in the signal; and Level adjusts the volume of the pedal to match it with the signal when the effect is disengaged. Continue reading “Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX”
The fifth version of a classic product line, the Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble is the first version to go digital. The Boss CE-2 Chorus Ensemble is a classic pedal that has graced hundreds of recordings and can be heard in almost any 80s rock ballad. Continue reading “Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble”
The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus is another 100% pure analogue chorus pedal that uses the “Bucket Brigade Devices” chip to delay the signal. The Catalina has a lot of controls that are designed to help you get your sound just right. The Delay control allows you to set delay times from 6ms to 60ms. The Depth knob modulates the delay time from no modulation for just a slightly thicker sound, to 50% for a swirly chorus sound. The Rate control adjusts the speed of the effect from 0.33 cycles per second to 10 cycles per second. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus”
The Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato Pedal is actually two 100% analogue pedals in one small box. It makes use of a MN3007 Bucket Brigade chip at its core. The Bucket Brigade chip was created between 1968 and 1969, and it was designed to affordably delay an audio signal. Continue reading “Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato”
Guitar fuzz pedals with great tone, but without putting too much of a dent in our wallets.
Fuzz pedals are a great addition to any guitar player’s pedal board. They have a distinctive sound that’s different from overdrive and distortion. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes use them, and after more than 50 years, even non-guitar players are pretty familiar with their sound, and have come to expect it. Today, we go over a list of fuzz pedals that just might give you that perfect fuzz tone that you’ve been looking for, without forcing you to set aside too much of your paycheck.
The XVive V4 Fuzz Screamer, like many other pedals on this list, is nano-sized and designed with offset 1/4 inch jacks to give you the same great tone as the larger pedals, but in a smaller size that fits more easily onto your pedalboard. This pedal features a rugged, all-metal construction, for years of use.
The Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz is another classic fuzz pedal created by the Electro Harmonix brand. The Octavix is designed to recreate the same sound and vibe as the original Octavia, but in a smaller more pedalboard-friendly enclosure. There are three controls on the Octavix Fuzz. Volume sets the pedal’s sound level into your amp, so you can find the right match. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz”