Every month, we’ll compile a few lists of gear that’s fresh out of the oven. Here’s one devoted to pedals.
13Horizon Devices Apex Preamp
From Misha Mansoor comes this versatile preamp stompbox that’s able to transform your clean tone into a heavy, ‘djenty’ beast.
12Fulltone Full-Drive 2 V2
Two channels—each with its own “Volume” and “Drive” knobs—new clipping modes, and a smaller enclosure make the Full-Drive 2 V2 a step up from its predecessors.
11Suhr Shiba Drive Reloaded Mini
Besides the lack of a battery compartment and FX Link connector, the slimmer Shiba Drive Reloaded Mini packs all the dynamic, tube amp-like overdrive tones as its bigger brother.
10Seafoam Trident Overdrive
Combine a three-band EQ and an overdrive pedal and you’ll get the Trident. There are three drive circuits, each pegged to a distinct frequency band, that you can manipulate and blend together.
9Mistweaver Effects The Serpent
Modeled after the Green Russian Big Muff Pi, this stompbox from the new Asian boutique company offers fat, smooth fuzz tones with an improved bass response.
8Way Huge Smalls Overrated Overdrive
Designed in collaboration with Joe Bonamassa, this slim new overdrive box is essentially a hot-rodded version of Way Huge’s Green Rhino Overdrive.
7Vertex Effects Ultraphonix OD
Vertex contends its Ultraphonix OD is able to accurately emulate the tones of the fabled Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier.
6Korora Audio Spira
This unique filter modulation stompbox is capable of producing far-out, experimental sounds, including the Shepard Tone.
5Hungry Robot Pedals Moby Dick V2
Here’s a tape-emulating digital delay that lets you dial in ‘lo-fi’ grittiness and warped modulated decay.
4Ortega Guitars QUANTUMloop
Tap out your beat pattern on the mahogany surface, sync it to one of the 16 pre-installed percussion sample groups, and loop an infinite number of overdubs with the QUANTUMloop.
3TC Electronic Ditto Jam X2
This is a looper pedal with a difference: It can track tempo and automatically adjust loops—all in real time.
2Fulltone Supa-Trem Jr
The upgrade of the Supa-Trem1 has three waveforms and a far wider range of speeds. Besides these, the tremolo pedal is identical to its predecessor, using the same JFET preamp and Opto-1 photocell.
1Pigtronix Bob Weir’s Real Deal
Designed for the founding member of the Grateful Dead, this acoustic preamp promises a clear, feedback-free volume boost.