Reviews: Effects

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.


Experimental Noize Aphazing Review

October 17, 2016
This multifaceted phaser is a tweaker’s delight—and a big, big bargain.
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Quick Hit: Coppersound Telegraph Stutter

October 16, 2016
Much more than a cute homage to Samuel Morse, the Stutter frees your hands to deliver stunning sound blasts that no kill switch can conjure.
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Mu-FX Boostron 3 Review

October 13, 2016
An inspired combination of drive and compression effects in a beauty of a pedal from a stompbox legend.
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Boss CE-2W Waza Craft Chorus Review

October 4, 2016
The standard-bearer chorus returns as a more multifaceted modulation machine.
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DOD Looking Glass Overdrive Review

October 3, 2016
Transparency equals flexibility in a sweet-sounding and dynamic drive unit.
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TWA WR-3 Wah Rocker Review

October 2, 2016
This new take on the vintage Guyatone WR3 Wah Rocker provides transportation to Funkytown for bassists and guitarists.
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MXR Reverb Review

September 30, 2016
A compact digital reverb that delivers deep tones and shape-shifts with ease.
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Ibanez Analog Delay Mini Review

September 29, 2016
This little purple prize packs classic sounds in a bulletproof and super-affordable package.
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Boss VO-1 Vocoder Review

September 28, 2016
The pedal giant's newest makes the talk box compact and easy.
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TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver Review

September 27, 2016
The far reaches of octave-effect capabilities are made accessible via this compact new digital box.
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Dr. Z Z-Drive Review

September 25, 2016
An impressive collaboration that combines versatility with rich, tube-like breakup.
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Empress Reverb Review

September 23, 2016
This intuitive deep-space machine rewards tinkerers and traditionalists alike.
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Toetags Electronics Toe Bender MkII Review

September 22, 2016
Uncommon touch-sensitivity and the ability to go beefy or splatty make this classic Sola Sound homage a fuzz buzz worth seeking out.
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J. Rockett Audio Tranquilizer Phaser Review

September 20, 2016
Find out why our reviewer pined, "The Tranquilizer delivers everything I lie awake at night wishing for in a phaser."
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Dwarfcraft Devices Twin Stags Tremolo Review

September 18, 2016
Ben Hinz and company's unique new dual tremolo delivers warm pulses, versatile controls, and synth-like power.
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Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus Review

September 16, 2016
An intuitive chorus that responds to the player’s touch.
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Boss BC-1X Bass Compressor Review

September 15, 2016
Boss’ latest compressor for bassists aims to tame dynamics with punch and precision.
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Keeley Mod Workstation Review

September 14, 2016
An ambitious modulation machine that’s overflowing with tones.
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Mojo Hand Fx Wonder Filter Review

September 13, 2016
Enhanced control makes a more usable and forgiving envelope filter.
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Neunaber Audio Effects Immerse Reverberator Review

September 12, 2016
A rare combination of the familiar warmth of classic reverb tones with some modern (and unexpected) surprises.
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