Top Ten Pedals of 2018

Top Ten Pedals of 2018

With the dawning of 2019, it’s time to look back on the effects pedals in 2018 that we absolutely loved. This past year was a great year for effects pedals, but these are the pedals that we kept coming back to. Without further ado, here are Pedals and Effects top pedals (in no order), of 2018.

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Earthquaker Devices: Swiss Things

Earthquaker Devices: Swiss Things

First Pedals and Effects video of 2019! New for Winter NAMM 2019, we’re proud to debut the latest and greatest from the mighty Earthquaker Devices. We’re coming at you with an exclusive look at the new Earthquaker Devices Swiss Things! As the name might imply, the Swiss Things is a Swiss army knife of a pedal. It’s an effects loop, an A/B/Y switcher, it’s even got phase cancellation for those stereo setups, and a signal boost. Got a bunch of patch cables making a mess of your pedalboard? Clean up your act with the Earthquaker Devices Swiss Things!

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Pedals and Effects Instagram!

Pedals and Effects Instagram!

Happy new year everyone! We here at Pedals and Effects wanted to start off the new year strong by introducing the long awaited Pedals and Effects Instagram. We’ve got big plans for the Instagram page, and we’re kicking it off with a chance to win both Juan’s and Nick’s pedalboards. Yep, you read that right.

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Earthquaker Devices: Show Us Your Junk and Giveaway!

Earthquaker Devices: Show Us Your Junk and Giveaway!

Some time ago, the mighty Earthquaker Devices came to LA with a camera crew to film Juan for their “Show Us Your Junk” series! The episode: “Ready Player Juan” isn’t so much a “rig rundown” as it is more a “day in the life of.” In addition to the debut of the episode featuring Juan, Earthquaker Devices is giving you the chance to win their current line of effects pedals.

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Chase Bliss: Dark World

Chase Bliss: Dark World

I’ve got good news and bad news, so bad news first. Bad news: I had surgery on my hand, so I’m out of commission for just a little bit. Good news: Pedals and Effects OG Mason Stoops is on hand to help debut the latest and greatest from Chase Bliss, the Dark World Dual Channel reverb!

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Ibanez: Nu Tubescreamer

Ibanez: Nu Tubescreamer

The Ibanez Tubescreamer needs no introduction, it’s a pedal that has cemented itself with an incredible legacy and it continues to inspire musicians to this day. The Tubescreamer however, has come a long way from its original iteration. Over the years Ibanez has released versions of the Tubescreamer with different tweaks, features and modes while still retaining what makes it legendary. Some time ago, Ibanez asked Nick and I for some input on what would become their newest Tubescreamer, that day is finally here, and we’re happy to show you the Ibanez “Nu Tubescreamer!”

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Keeley: Bubble Tron

Keeley: Bubble Tron

The homie Robert Keeley coming through with another super unique entry to his catalog! How do you feel about Filters? How do you feel about Phase? How about Flange? How about all three-in-one? You a Frank Zappa fan? The Bubble Tron Dynamic Flanger Phase is the all-in-one pedal you need! If you’re feeling adventurous, one of the modes on the Bubble Tron is designed to be random. But I promise you, you will get some of the coolest sounds ever, from it.

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BOSS: Waza Craft Dimension C & Metal Zone

BOSS: Waza Craft Dimension C & Metal Zone

Yep, you read that right! BOSS’ premium Waza reissue series has extended to the legendary DC-2 Chorus, and the always appreciated but often underrated, BOSS Metal Zone. The Waza DC-2w is an incredibly faithful reissue of the highly coveted DC-2 Chorus. Because of its current presence on the market (BOSS’ 2nd best selling pedal ever!), the update to the Metal Zone was a pleasant surprise, but the Waza DC-2w was completely and totally unexpected.

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Fuzz Wars: Beetronics, Land Devices, Adventure Audio, Way Huge

Fuzz Wars: Beetronics, Land Devices, Adventure Audio, Way Huge

Pedals and Effects is back with a long awaited entry to our fuzz war series! We got Beetronics from LA, Land Devices from the Bay Area, Adventure Audio from Rochester NY, and Jeorge Tripp’s Way Huge (also from LA). You know the drill, we run some riffs through the pedals, compare, contrast, and see what stands out. All’s fair in love and fuzz!

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Earthquaker Devices: Aqueduct

Earthquaker Devices: Aqueduct

If you know me, and follow me, it's no secret that I love vibrato. I've shouted it from the rooftops, I've put vibrato on absolutely everything. There's vibrato all over Mars Volta records, it's all over Big Sir records, it's a staple of my career, and my love for the effect knows no bounds. Enter Earthquaker Devices newest pedal, the Aqueduct. One of my favorite effects companies of all time, putting a unique spin on one of my favorite effects of all time. The result? Blowing the competition out of the water.

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