Take a walk on the wild side—or an interesting float trip through deep space—with the dark magic of a ring modulator.

They're not exactly subtle, they can make your guitar sound like, well, not a guitar anymore, and maybe they shouldn't be engaged with young kids or pets in the room, but ring modulators can take your guitar to places you've only dreamed about—and further. For a sampling of what's available out there, we've rounded up 10 to consider climbing aboard.

DOD

GonkulatorThis updated version of the ’90s original still brings all the clangy and robotic sounds to the table, but is now equipped with true bypass and a more flexible/adjustable carrier signal control.
$149

FREDRIC EFFECTS

Grumbly WolfFeaturing an asymmetrical hard-clipping distortion circuit followed by an octave/ring mod effect based on the classic Green Ringer, this box offers up crunchy overdrive to fuzzy octave insanity.
$130

ZVEX EFFECTS

Super RingtoneThis 16-step version of the original Ringtone boasts features such as MIDI sync, tap-tempo control and sync, expression-pedal friendliness, and eight user-programmable memory locations.
$489

FAIRFIELD CIRCUITRY

Randy’s RevengeThis all-analog oscillator provides space travel in a small package and features expanded control voltage (CV) capabilities that permit interactions beyond the simple stacking of effects.
$280

SUBDECAY

Vitruvian ModThe Vitruvian takes its cues from the principle of cross modulation and was designed to be easy to dial in and forget, even when making changes in key.
$199

BLACKOUT EFFECTORS

Crystal DaggerThis all-analog, dual-harmonic pedal features independent true-bypass circuits for octave-up fuzz and a unique collection of ring modulation, octaving, and phasing for bone-chilling sounds.
$255

ELECTRO-HARMONIX

Ring ThingComplex modulations with interactive parameters are on tap with the Ring Thing’s articulate pitch shifting, preset tuning, and selectable waveforms.
$221

ALEXANDER

Syntax ErrorIncorporating an advanced 32-bit microcontroller, which adds presets, expression, and MIDI capability, this pedal’s ring mode combines a ring modulator with a sample-and-hold LFO.
$199

MOOG

MF-102A direct descendant of the original Moog modular synths, the MF-102’s ring modulator can conjure effects from subtle trem to rich distortion along with sweeps, swoops, and whatever else can be dreamt up.
$289

ELTA MUSIC

String RingerPrimed for exploration, this modern replica of the Lovetone Ring Stinger features a classic LT44 transformer for a distinctive, vintage ring-mod sound plus ’60s germanium distortion.
$375
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