Gear Of The Year: Vote for the best multi-effects pedal of 2019

Which of these five multi-talented pedals is your favourite of 2019?

Last year saw the release of the big boys from Line 6 and Boss – the HX Stomp and GT-1000, respectively – but 2019 was no slouch when it came to multi-effects, too. These are our favourites of the year.

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1Kemper Profiler Stage

kemper profiler stage

With the wealth of profiles onboard the Kemper Profiler Stage, the almost limitless number available for download and the ability to make your own, it’s nigh-on impossible not to stumble upon a sound that will inspire you. If you haven’t yet been convinced to make the jump from analogue to digital, the ease of transition this unit offers – not to mention the compact and practical form factor – means there’s never been a better time to embrace modernity. Like countless others, you are unlikely to regret it.

Read our full review here.

2Mooer GE300

mooer ge300

The relatively compact Mooer GE300 and small control panel belie the sheer number of features onboard, including a huge array of effects, amps, speaker cabinet models, a third-party impulse-response loader, a synth module, a looper and even the ability to use Mooer’s Tone Capture tech to take a Kemper-esque snapshot of your own equipment.

With 108 amp models and 164 effects, the palette of sounds available run the full tonal gamut, catering for every stylistic requirement. We’re drawn to our favourite classic Marshall and Fender-type tones and they indeed prove to be worthy recreations.

Read our full review here.

3Keeley Electronics DDR Drive Delay Reverb

With the DDR, Robert Keeley has united both the wet and dry ends of the signal chain in just one box, with a cunning mix of overdrive and reverb, or delay.

The drive side of the DDR has spank and snarl, but refined and expressive even as we dial in more volume and drive. A quick flick of the style switch unleashes a seriously good Tube Screamer-style lead tone, which breaks up beautifully and widens out the low mids. On the wet side of the pedal, the DDR serves up a vintage spring-reverb sound which is extremely pleasing. While it won’t ‘drip’, it is warm and inviting without getting blurry. The analogue delay is just as good as the reverb; the repeats degrade beautifully and it is more than wet enough on its own.

Read our full review here.

4Fender Tre-Verb

Tremolo and reverb combine in this Fender stompbox. On the ‘Tre’ side, the choice is between optical, bias and harmonic tremolo and they all sound spot-on. The ‘Verb’ half of the pedal offers a choice between Brownface and Blackface spring reverbs, plus a plate type. The difference between the two springs is subtle – ’63 is a touch bolder than ’65 – but the plate sound ditches the wobbles for something much more pure and even.

Read our full review here.

5Electro-Harmonix Grand Canyon

ehx grand canyon

With its 12 delay modes plus looper, each with its own parameters adjusted by the two mini knobs at top-right, this is one complex little unit. The quality of these delays is just as good as we’ve come to expect in 2019. ‘Tape’ does the wobbly thing in fine style, ‘reverse’ makes a decent stab at responding to your playing to avoid glitchy cutoffs and ‘DMM’ sounds a lot like a real Deluxe Memory Man, but without the scratchy noises. The Echorec-inspired multi-head drum setting is a worthy addition, while the pitch and shimmer modes are suitably ethereal, especially in stereo.

Read our full review here.

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