Guitar Effects: Why choose boutique pedals?
Every guitarist in search of their own unique sound knows that it is not the "effects" that make you great. You could put the worst guitarist behind the best effects pedal board and nothing great would come out the other end. Conversely the best guitar players can make any equipment sound great, whether its on an knock off guitar, or an expense high end boutique pedal.
The Top 5 Boutique Guitar Effects
1. Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay - The difference between digitally produced and analog delay is subtle but you will find it is important to all of the top guitarists in the world because of its "pure" reproduction of the original sound.
4. The Keeley Compressor - Known for is modifications to standard manufactured effects pedals, Robert Keeley also developed a multiple award winning compressor for guitar and bass that boasts true silver soldering, hand matched parts, and true-bypass circuitry.
5. The Lovetone Doppelganger - If you're looking for freaky effects, then the Lovetone twin oscillator and vibrato pedal is a great pick. Hand crafted in England, the doppelganger has found its way into studios worldwide as both an intstrament as well as a vocal effect.
These are definitely some of the most well known boutique pedals on the market, and for good reason - they rock! But the beauty of effects pedals is there is an near infinite amount of sounds that can be generated by using different guitars, amps, and even the order you put your pedals in.
What is your favorite boutique pedal? (Be sure to include your rig as well)