AboveGroundFX, a small startup company based out of Chicago, IL, sprang into the effects market in 2008. Now they offer five pedals: the Rebote Delay, Compressor, Venue Reverb, El Grit—n (distortion) and Tone Control. The pedals designed by Francisco Peña all feature similar sleek designs with top loaded input/output jacks to maximize pedalboard room. Sonically, the pedals are designed to enhance your tone, but not muddy it up with noise. The Venue Reverb’s special attention to the dry signal provides a transparent and clean operation. The Rebote Delay uses a digital chip to simulate tape decay and offers echo patterns ranging from slap back to 560ms of delay.

MSRP $179–189