Filter content by area of interest
Amps
Boost and Overdrive
Delay
Distortion
Fuzz
Guitars
Modulation
Pitch
Reverb
Utility
All
All

GPX Blog

One Knob Wonders! - 17 of the Best One Knob Pedals

Black Arts ToneworksBoost and OverdriveCompressorDistortionDriveEarthQuaker DevicesFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzJ RockettJPTR FXJRADLone Wolf AudioLooperLovepedalMetal DistortionModulationMojo Hand FXMXRMythos PedalsOctave FuzzOverdrivePhaserReverbSilicon FuzzSkreddy PedalsSpring ReverbStomp Under FootTate FXTC ElectronicUtility+-
2019GPXOneKnob700-min.jpg

This feature was inspired by a couple of recent events, and partly as a counter to my highlighting of the really rather complex Empress Zoia Modular Synthesizer / Multi-Effects unit in my last feature. For the last week or so I’ve been working on updating my rather extensive Guitar Pedal Directory page which features all of the above, and around 2,000 more from across 160 or so pedal builders around the world.

 

I periodically review each of the sites referenced - to keep tabs on ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

9 of the Best Compact Dumble Style Pedals

Boost and OverdriveDemon PedalsDumble Style OverdriveHermidaJ RockettJRADLovepedalMad Professor EffectsMenatoneMojo Hand FXMXRTanabeWampler+-
2019GPX9BestCompactDumblePedals700-min.jpg

This article is prompted chiefly by my fairly recent acquisition of the Demon Pedals Kondo Shifuku D-Style Overdrive - which brings my tally of Dumble style drives to three - or 7 kind of, depending on how you characterise these things. The very first Dumble Style pedal I acquired was the Mad Professor Simble - which I still love, but substituted eventually with the more versatile Wampler Euphoria. While both those are excellent conveyors of the kind of Dumble tones I was looking for - the ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

12 of the Best Compact Bluesbreaker-style Pedals

Analog.ManBoost and OverdriveChicago StompworkscmatmodsGoudie FXJHS PedalsKeeley EngineeringMojo Hand FXOverdriveRockBoxSnouse Electric CompanyVFE PedalsVick AudioWampler+-
2018GPX12BluesbreakerStylePedals700-min.jpg

This is essentially the last piece I will do in a while on the Wampler Pantheon - which I am so enchanted by currently. I honestly feel it’s Brian’s best pedal to date, and I was a huge fan of both the versions of Tumnus and Euphoria. The Pantheon comes into a pretty crowded arena where there are already a number of stellar pedals present.

 

There’s a lot of debate about whether a pedal is a clone of a certain circuit which I always find kind of overly academic - and I ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Comparative Guitar Pedal Acquisition Strategy - 210 Compact Pedal Edition

Analog.ManBearfoot FXBogner AmplificationBoost and OverdriveBossChase Bliss AudioCustom TonesDelayDistortionElectro-HarmonixFoxpedalFulltone EffectsFuzzGreer AmpsGuitar Gear RetailHamstead SoundworksJ RockettJackson AudioJHS PedalsJRADKeeley EngineeringKHDKMad Professor EffectsMI EffectsModulationMojo Hand FXMythos PedalsNobelsPaul CochranePitchReverbRockBoxSide EffectsTC ElectronicUtilityWamplerWren and CuffXotic Effects+-
2018AfBlg35BoostOverdrives700-min

I am known for writing lists and cross-tabulating and cross-referencing the contents thereof while I consider which is the best / preferred choice for me. Note that there is never really a ’best’ overall pedal, simply the one that best fits your circumstances and needs. I have lots of characteristics and attributes I look for - including a compact pedal enclosure size, with versatility and added smarts - great tone is sort of a given here. I an one of those tone-tweakers who quite ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

24 of the Best Overdrive Pedals - 2018 Compact Edition

Analog.ManBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBossCrowther AudioCustom TonesDistortionDriveDumble Style OverdriveFoxpedalFulltone EffectsGreer AmpsHamstead SoundworksJ RockettJHS PedalsJRADKeeley EngineeringKlone and Transparent OverdriveMad Professor EffectsMI EffectsMojo Hand FXMythos PedalsNobelsOCD Style OverdriveOverdrivePaul CochraneRockBoxSide EffectsTubescreamer Style OverdriveWampler+-
2018AfBlg24CompactOverdrives700-min

As an update to last year’s piece, and in line with my slightly tighter real estate now (39 pedals), I have decided to go all out on compact format pedals on this occasion. As a subset of my ’12 Degrees of Saturation’ we are dealing with stages 2 to 6 in essence, which largely covers 6 families of overdrives in order of how I set their gain level (increasing amounts) - ’Klon’ type, ’Tubescreamer’, ’Dumble’, ’Blues Driver’, &rsquo...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

12 of the Best Envelope Filter Pedals - 2018 Edition

3Leaf AudioAnalog.ManDeath By AudioDwarfcraftEarthQuaker DevicesElectro-HarmonixEnvelope Filter and Auto WahModulationMojo Hand FXMu-TronPigtronixSubdecay EffectsVFE PedalsWMD Devices+-
2018AfBlg12FilterPedals700V2

UPDATE - When I originally wrote this piece in October of last year, I seem to have overlooked some of the more compact pedals - possibly because they were hard to get or out of stock at the time. Now as my pedal-chain has reached 39 slots, there is no way I could accommodate anything beyond a compact-size pedal - so I’ve appended those original choices to this features - namely the Analog.Man Block Letter Envelope Filter, the Mu-FX Micro-Tron III and VFE Mini Mu.

 

I have already ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

12 of the Best Dumble Style Pedals

Boost and OverdriveCustom TonesDistortionDriveDual-DriveDumble Style OverdriveHermidaJ RockettJRADLovepdalMad Professor EffectsMojo Hand FXMulti-DriveMXROneControlOverdriveShin's MusicTanabeVan WeeldenWampler+-
2018AfBlg12DumblePedals700

Newer feature [here]

 

Unless you have a ready spare £50,000 - £100,000 - few of us will ever own a genuine Alexander Dumble Overdrive Special amp - of which only around 300 were built. There are various sound-alike / clone amps to a degree - like the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme (c £2,000) or Two Rocks TS1 (c £4,400), yet we pedal aficionados prefer to reproduce such tone in more compact enclosures. To be wholly circumspect here, each of the amps mentioned have a ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

12 of the Best Blues Driver Style Pedals

Analog.ManBarber EffectsBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoost and OverdriveBossBrown Sound DistortioncmatmodsDistortionDriveKatanasoundKeeley EngineeringMarshall Style DistortionMI EffectsMojo Hand FXMooerOverdriveRockBox+-
2018AfBlg12BluesDriveStylePedals700

So within my pedal chain I have 4 key low-to-mid-gain overdrives ranging from Klon Style, to Tube Screamer Style, to Dumble Style and onto Blues Driver type - the way I have it each gets progressively gainier, in fact I have a 5th medium gain overdrive - which used to be an OCD, but has now been displaced by the Hamstead Intergalactic Driver. The idea is to have the most suitable pedal in each slot - one that combines superb dynamics, tone, versatility and smart form factor and features.

 ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

12 of the Best OCD Style Pedals

Boost and OverdriveCrowther AudioDanelectroDistortionDOD EffectsDriveElectro-HarmonixFulltone EffectsHamstead SoundworksJoyo EffectsMojo Hand FXMooerMulti-DriveMXROCD Style OverdriveOverdriveVick Audio+-
2018AfBlg12OCDPedals700

I will make lots of disclaimers and provisos at the start of this piece. To my mind there are actually relatively few proper quality intended OCD clones - the Joyo Ultimate Drive, Mojo Hand FX Rook, Mooer Hustle Drive and Vick Audio Tree of Life amongst them. The rest here all have significant overlap and share certain aspects of the OCD tone although not necessarily the whole frequency range / a direct correlation.

 

When I acquired the Hamstead Odyssey Intergalactic Driver shortly ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

9 of the Best Envelope Filter Pedals for Your Consideration

3Leaf AudioDeath By AudioDwarfcraftEarthQuaker DevicesElectro-HarmonixEnvelope Filter and Auto WahModulationMojo Hand FXPigtronixSubdecay EffectsWMD Devices+-
2017AfBlg9FilterPedals700

NOTE - newer update : [here]

 

I have already covered off some of the simpler Envelope Filter pedals in my piece on Wah / Auto Wah pedals. All of those featured here are somehwat more feature-rich and add different flavours into the mix like fuzz, phasing and oscillation. I tend to me more aligned to the more compact pedals - so most of these are a little large for my needs, my Boss MD-500 has some superb filter options too and really supplies me with most of the envelope filter ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions
Profile
Stefan Karlsson
Stefan Karlsson
Guitar Pedal X
News Navigation

2019 50

6 Potent Pairings - High Calibre Germanium and Silicon Compact Fuzz Face Type Pedal Pairs
"Jerome - Alas no I have not had the opportunity "...
19 days ago
6 Potent Pairings - High Calibre Germanium and Silicon Compact Fuzz Face Type Pedal Pairs
"Hi Stefan, Thank you for another insightful "...
20 days ago
2 Polyrhythmic Pattern Tremolos - Malekko Goatkeeper vs Subdecay TremCoder
"Well I can't really get one now anyway, I'd just "...
23 days ago
12 of the Best Harmonic Tremolo Pedals
"Mark - I'm sure there are several more that could "...
25 days ago
12 of the Best Harmonic Tremolo Pedals
"Catalinbread Harmonic Mesmerizer definately needs "...
25 days ago
REVV Amplification Completes its G120 Pedaliteration Trifecta with the G2 Crunchy Drive!
"Indeed - REVV make great amps and pedals - "...
25 days ago
REVV Amplification Completes its G120 Pedaliteration Trifecta with the G2 Crunchy Drive!
"Boy their stuff is so good... Really hope to see "...
25 days ago
Waiting