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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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Eventide Blackhole Review homepage

Eventide Blackhole: The Premier Guitar Review

February 24, 2021
A popular and particularly versatile mode from the Space and H9 processors is now an easy-to-use stompbox all its own.
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Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork + Review - homepage

Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork +: The Premier Guitar Review

February 10, 2021
Tame it ain’t, but if smart pitch warping with minimal hassle (and real estate) is your bag, Mike Matthews’ latest is a gem.
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Boss GT-1000 Core Review homepage2

Boss GT-1000CORE: The Premier Guitar Review

February 8, 2021
Boss packs heavy-duty DSP horsepower into a multi-effects processor built for busy pedalboards.
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EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny Review_homepage

EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny: The Premier Guitar Review

February 5, 2021
EQD dishes deep, dimensional reverbs in an elegant package that won’t mire you in menus.
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Wren and Cuff Caprid Review homepage

Wren and Cuff Caprid Blue-Violet Special: The Premier Guitar Review

January 28, 2021
A master of Big Muff-style circuits builds a Ram’s Head clone that’ll be tough to beat at any price.
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EHX 1440 Stereo Looper Review homepage

Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper: The Premier Guitar Review

January 25, 2021
The middle kid in EHX’s expansive family of loopers inhabits a sweet spot between deep functionality and accessible, intuitive operation.
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Carl Martin PlexiRanger homepage

Plexi Punch Meets Rangemaster Burn: The Premier Guitar Carl Martin PlexiRanger Review

January 19, 2021
An already great Marshall-in-a-box is made more potent with the addition of a killer treble booster.
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Fender Trapper Bass Distortion homepage

Fender Trapper Bass Distortion: The Premier Guitar Review

January 18, 2021
Separate, stackable custom-voiced circuits make a strong and crunchy case for two being better than one.
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Dusky Augustus Review homepage

Vintage Octave Fuzz ... Without the Fear

January 14, 2021
Thanks to a flexible EQ, this old-school-minded beauty is fantastic at nastying-up leads—but also works great with chords. The PG Dusky Augustus review.
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Walrus Audio Julianna Review homepage

Walrus Audio Julianna: The Premier Guitar Review

January 13, 2021
Digital-control-enabled features makes Walrus’s already immersive modulation machine a scalpel for carving precise waveforms.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Molecular Boost review homepage

When Is a Boost More Than a Boost?

December 30, 2020
The answer is only a DIP switch—or two—away. The PG Tsakalis AudioWorks Molecular Boost review.
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Maxon 808 Overdrive review homepage

Maxon’s Elegant Spin on the TS808

December 28, 2020
The father of the Tube Screamer dishes a refined take on the pedal that propelled an overdrive revolution with the Apex 808.
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MXR Tremolo review homepage

MXR Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

December 24, 2020
Immersive sounds and a nice price make this fine modulator a multi-trem for the masses.
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Vick Audio Lucky 13 Review - homepage

Must Love Volume Knobs

December 20, 2020
Power to the pinky—the variety of sounds in this homage to the 1960s Colorsound Fuzz is damn near astounding. The PG Vick Audio Lucky 13 review.
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The Year in Gear 2020

December 17, 2020
It may be the understatement of the century, but this year was weird. Even so, the killer gear kept coming. Here are the goods that stood out as extra-great amongst our annual haul of Premier Guitar reviews.
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Warm Audio Jet Phaser Review homepage

Warm Audio Jet Phaser: The Premier Guitar Review

December 10, 2020
The masters of affordable analog mimicry resurrect one of Roland’s most far-out ’70s effects.
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IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost Review homepage

IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost: The Premier Guitar Review

November 30, 2020
An understated, utilitarian buffer/boost/preamp that can profoundly reshape your tones.
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Boss OC-5 Review homepage

Boss OC-5 Octave: The Premier Guitar Review

November 20, 2020
Convincing 12-string tones, anyone? The compact-stomp vets retreat from less-used OC-3 features while preserving vintage octave vibes and serving up stunning new capabilities.
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JHS Supreme fuzz review homepage

JHS Supreme: The Premier Guitar Review

November 13, 2020
Classic fuzz-pedal chaos meets modern tone shaping.
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Danelectro 3699 Fuzz Review homepage

Danelectro 3699: The Premier Guitar Review

October 19, 2020
One of the furriest, foxiest fuzz machines ever is reborn in a compact and more capable incarnation.
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