16 signature guitar effects pedals
23rd Aug 2012 | 15:25
Ibanez Jemini Distortion
From the Gibson Les Paul to Eddie Van Halen's Peavey 5150, guitar heroes have been slapping their names on customised equipment since the dawn of rock 'n' roll. Fortunately, it's resulted in some truly brilliant stompboxes. Here's a round-up of all the weird and wonderful signature effects pedals we've reviewed on MusicRadar, including signature gear from Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
Ibanez Jemini Distortion
Guitarist: Steve Vai
"If you’re a Vai fan, you’d be mad to miss out on one of these uniquely-finished, limited run pedals, all for a reasonable price."
Jim Dunlop BG95 Buddy Guy Signature Cry Baby wah
"At a full £90 more than a standard Cry Baby, it is very pricey indeed. Nevertheless, it's among the most musical wahs we've ever played."
TC Electronic John Petrucci Dreamscape multi-fx
DigiTech Brian May Red Special multi-fx
"For those of us who do revel in the guitar sounds of Brian May, the models here are absolutely the best available today. We’re told that Brian has been considering using a unit on stage and surely there’s no better recommendation than that."
Morley Mark Tremonti wah
"Not the best for funk or blues, but for everyone else the Tremonti pushes all the right buttons."
MXR ZW90 Wylde Phase
"To use a culinary parallel, it's like adding oregano to a bolognese - it's subtle and not exactly vital, but a nice finishing touch to impress your dinner guests/bandmates. But there are an awful lot of other stompboxes on the menu…"
Jim Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Cry Baby wah
"It may be a fair bit pricier than the standard model, but Jerry Cantrell's signature wah is a proper Cry Baby, and then some…"
DigiTech Eric Clapton Crossroads multi-fx
"While the absence of the Bluesbreaker sound is disappointing, there's still enough great sounds on the Crossroads to justify the pedal's price tag. The acoustic guitar and rotating speaker simulations alone make it superb value for money."
MXR Eddie Van Halen wah
"While the looks aren't to everyone's taste, this is a seriously impressive wah pedal that's well worth trying out."
Jim Dunlop JH3s Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
"It might look like a block of cheese but this pedal will help you sound like Jimi Hendrix. The fuzzed-out octave sounds it produces might be a bit too raw for some, but retroheads will love it."
DigiTech Jimi Hendrix Experience multi-fx
"A fantastic pedal that manages to faithfully reproduce Hendrix's fat, rich tunes."
MXR EVH117 Flanger
"Despite the cost this is great fun, and if Ed's your hero it's unlikely that anything else will do."
Vox Satchurator distortion
"It sounds great; the perfect mix between vintage and ultra-modern distortion stompboxes."
Jim Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Cry Baby wah
"A superb blues and rock‑oriented wah."
Blackstar HT Blackfire distortion
"At £199, it's a pretty serious purchase, but with two channels of convincing valve tones, pro build quality, tonal flexibility via the ISF control, and that handy emulated output, this is a viable option for any rig that's in need of a sonic power-up."
Jim Dunlop SC95 Slash Cry Baby Classic wah
"If you use a wah in a rock environment and don't necessarily need to double as a Nile Rodgers-style funk guitarist at weekends, you should give this a try."