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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.

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Ernie Ball Ambient Delay Review

January 17, 2017
Expression pedal, delay, and reverb combine in an impressively practical and potent effect.
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MXR EP103 Echoplex Delay Review

January 16, 2017
MXR impressively approximates Maestro EP-3 tones and dynamics in a simple, compact stompbox.
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Quick Hit: Free the Tone Ambi Space

January 1, 2017
A powerful but straightforward route to six ’verbs, ranging from subtle to subterranean.
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Quick Hit: Vick Audio Hypocenter Delay

December 25, 2016
This moderately priced digital stomp aims for lo-fi cool via a handwired PT2399 circuit.
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Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor Review

December 23, 2016
An impressively compact and inexpensive unit packed with convincing digital models.
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Quick Hit: MXR Custom Shop Shin-Juku Drive

December 22, 2016
Many personalities inhabit this Dumble-inspired drive machine.
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Fractal Audio Systems AX8 Review

December 19, 2016
The sounds of Axe-Fx are now available in a compact pedalboard format.
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JAM Pedals Delay Llama Supreme Review

December 12, 2016
Wicked modern twists give this true analog delay a big palette.
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Quick Hit: Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean Reverb

December 11, 2016
This forward-thinking reverb moves from ambient to traditional with ease.
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Greenchild G777 Review

December 7, 2016
Here’s an overdrive with two independent stages and highs to spare.
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Quick Hit: Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig

December 5, 2016
This sleek and slim multi-effects unit keeps it real with some very usable effects.
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Quick Hit: Cusack Screamer V2

November 29, 2016
Three clipping modes and no mid hump take this three-knobber way beyond typical TS tones.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe

November 28, 2016
We dig into Mike Matthews' sweetly swirling and huge-sounding new streamlined rotary simulator.
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Black Cat Monster K-Fuzz Review

November 24, 2016
A menacing and expressive octave fuzz classic is recast in a more practical and musically malleable form.
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Soundshine Electronics Magnum Swampus Review

November 18, 2016
A bewitched-looking box that nails Kustom trem tones and modulation sounds beyond the bog.
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Quick Hit: Radial JDX Direct Drive

November 13, 2016
No amp? No problem. This DI offers a wealth of options for those who want to leave their amp at home.
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Quick Hit: Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion Review

November 7, 2016
This unassuming-looking stomp tickles the senses with an absolute cornucopia of low-frequency dirt.
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Shin-Ei Vibe-Bro Review

November 4, 2016
Fans of the legendary Uni-Vibe rejoice—the revived brand's new offering yields ravishing tones from a setup that's remarkably like the original.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder

November 1, 2016
This tiny stompbox recorder enables real-time riff capture and fast file sharing via Bluetooth.
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Demeter Tremulator Plus Review

October 25, 2016
A classic wobble box, revised and expanded.
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