Pedals are a vital part of a guitarist's rig, and thankfully, 2019 was a great year for effects units. From the Strymon Volante, an exceptional echo machine, to the Beetronics Swarm, a devastating fuzz box, this year saw the introduction of dozens of great pedals.
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.
Where this category would typically only include high-end tube amps, surprise, surprise: there are two digital modellers that we think deserve a place in the list of best amplifiers released this year.