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Guitar Effects and Pedals: List of Manufacturers

Last update: September 29, 2013

La versione in Italiano di questo articolo è disponibile qui: Pedaliere e Pedali per Chutarra: Elenco dei Costruttori.

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Guitar pedals.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the electric guitar is the endless possibilities to create different tones.

Putting it simply, the sound produced is influenced by:

  • the guitar model
  • the model of strings used
  • touch and playing technique of the guitarist
  • installed pick-ups and the combination used between them
  • the amplifier that reproduces the sound

Moreover, like every electric guitarist knows, starting from the ’60s has been developed a technology of guitar effects, electronic devices with the shape of pedals (stompboxes), multi effects pedals or racks that inserted between the guitar and the amplifier further broaden the possibilities to create sonorities.

With the introduction of digital techniques in the last years, these devices have become able to simulate amplifiers sounds and even guitar models, arriving to provide even more a modeled sound ready to be sent directly to the PA system without the need to use an amplifier.

Today guitar effects manufacturers in the world are really a lot, and together with the most famous or historical brands like Boss, Dunlop, MXR, Electro Harmonix, new companies have been established, sometimes examples of pure artisan products.

This post offers you a list of manufacturers and of the guitar effects typology that they produce organized in a simply consultation table.

List of guitar effects manufacturers

This table shows the list of guitar effects manufacturers in the world, that can be pedals (stompboxes), multi effects pedals or racks, organized by name and filterable by effect typology. For example, if you would like to know which companies offer “chorus” effects, click on the corresponding column and will appear only the producers that have it. Moreover clicking on the cell “company name” of a manufacturer you will access to additional informations or to its Internet site.

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imgAKAI img Produces analog guitar pedals.
imgAlesis img This company produces high level signal processors in rack format. They are suitable even to process guitar signals either in live situations than in recording studio.
imgAria img Produces a proprietary line of guitar pedals.
imgAvid img Company that produces a very high level complete multimedia platform which the renowned audio software Pro Tools is part of. Produces a high level rack guitar multi effects processor named Eleven Rack.
imgBespeco img Produces control and volume guitar pedals plus a particular Wah Wah pedal.
imgBlackstar img Distinguishes itself by offering a line of tube (valve) based guitar pedals.
imgBogner Amplification img Famous for its amplifiers, offers a line of guitar pedals that reproduce the sonorities of some of their channels.
imgBoss img BOSS doesn't need presentations. Probably offers the most comprehensive line of guitar effects, in the format of multi effects pedals, single pedals (stompboxes) and racks, that anybody else.
imgBrunetti img Beside of producing guitar tube amplifiers, offers even a line of pedals oriented toward overdriving and distortion either tube based than solid state.
imgBudda Amplification img Company manufacturer of guitar amplifiers and of a very particular line of pedals.
imgCarvin img Produces a line of professional signal processors in rack format.
imgCicognani img Manufacturer of tube based guitar amplifiers and pedals, with the pedals oriented towards overdriving and distortion.
imgDanelectro img Produces Cool Cat, Mini Effects and Fab guitar pedals lines, all of them incredibly cheap.
imgDBX img Produces high level signal processors in rack format.
imgDigitech img Company that offers a wide range of guitar digital effects: the RP series of multi effects pedals and the iPB-10 model programmable via iPad; the programmable single pedal (stompbox) iStomp; the Hardwire series of classic pedals.
imgDunlop Manufacturing MXR Way Huge img Historical producer of guitar effects, Dunlop has incorporated during time even MXR and Way Huge brands. Produces famous pedals like the Crybaby wah wah, the MXR Dyna Comp compressor, the MXR Talk Box effect, and some signature pedals.
imgEBS img Offers a bass pedals line that can be used even for guitar.
imgEko Music Group img Company that produces acoustic and electric guitars and amplifiers, offers even a guitar pedals line oriented toward overdriving and distortion.
imgElectro-harmonix img Historical company that produces guitar and bass effects, offers a very wide range of analog, tube based and digital pedals and multi effects pedals. To be noted the famous Big Muff.
imgEventide img Historical company that produces digital signal processors. Among their rack format processors there are some multi effects that are digital effects workstations that let you create your own algorithms using 230 effect modules, and between them you can find even the legendary Eclipse models. Produces even a guitar pedals line, with one model programmable with all their pedal effects via iPod, iPhone ed iPad.
imgFender img Historical producer of guitar and amplifiers, offers even a guitar pedals line.
imgFulltone img Manufacturers of analog guitar pedals oriented toward old style sonorities.
imgG&L Guitars img Company that produces guitars and basses, offers even two guitar pedals oriented toward overdriving and boost built with very high quality selected components.
imgGiannini img Historical company that produces guitars, basses and Brazilian typical acoustic instruments, offers the Axcess guitar pedals line.
imgGuyatone img Produces the MightyMicro M5 guitar pedals series.
imgHofner img Company that produces string instruments like violins, violas, cellos, basses and guitars, offers even a guitar pedals series in vintage style the reproduces 60es and 70es tones.
imgIbanez img Leader manufacturer of guitars and basses, produces even unique guitar pedals like the inimitable Tube Screamer and the 9 historical series.
imgJAM Pedals img Produces hand made analog guitar and bass pedals, using high level and NOS components. Passionate about vintage tones, their pedals are based on 60es and 70es classics, and hand decorated. They offer even stompboxes whose composition can be customizable.
imgJoe Meek img Company that produces high level signal processors in rack format named Q series. The circuitry of those processors is contained even into their guitar pedals named floorQ and gbQ.
imgKeeley Electronics img Company dedicated to the production of guitar pedals. Proposes a proprietary line of pedals and a modified commercial pedals line. It can claim famous guitarists as users of its models.
imgKoch Guitar Electronics img Guitar amplifiers manufacturers, they produce even one pedal named Pedaltone II that contains a tube (valve) based preamplifier.
imgKorg img Historical company manufacturer of various typologies of musical instruments, offers the Pandora series of pocket guitar multi effects programmable via PC or MAC.
imgLexicon img Company that produces high level signal processors in rack format. Suitable even for processing guitar signals in both live and recording studio situations.
imgLine 6 img Company that has been a pioneer in the digital modeling of guitar amplifiers. Produces among the others the POD line, table devices dedicated to recording.
imgMarshall Amplification img Historical and inimitable producer of guitar and bass amplifiers, offers even a guitar pedals series the includes the celebrated Guv'nor and Bluesbreaker II distortion pedals.
imgMesa Boogie img Famous for its guitar and bass amplifiers, offers even a guitar pedals line oriented toward overdriving and distortion.
imgMeteoro Amplifiers img Company that produces guitar, bass and keyboard amplifiers. Manufactures even a guitar and bass pedals series oriented towards overdriving and distortion, tube (valve) based and not.
imgPignose Amps img Guitar amplifiers producers, offer a pedal that reproduces the tones of one of their models.
imgPigtronix img Producers of guitar and bass pedals based on analog technology, they define themselves as futuristic analog effects manufacturers. They own the F.A.T., Futuristic Analog Technology. They offer a complete pedals line particular in the typology of effects included into the single models, and one customized products line.
imgRAT img Celebrated brand producer of distortion guitar pedals.
imgRivera img Company that produces a wide range of tube (valve) guitar amplifiers, produces even the Shaman guitar pedals line.
imgRocktron technology for guitarists img Company devoted to guitar preamplifiers and effects, offers a wide range of rack format preamplifiers and effects, Utopia line of floor multi effects pedals, Boutique, Reaction, Classic and Signature single pedals lines.
imgRoland img Roland distinguishes itself from the others guitar processors and effects producers for having developed the innovative V-Guitar technology, that permits to model the native sound of the guitar itself in addition to amplifiers and effects applying. It is developing even single pedals that contain some features of this technology. Finally, it has a historical presence in the filed of guitar synthesizers.
imgSeymour Duncan img Company celebrated for its guitar and bass pick-ups, produces even a high quality guitar pedals series, some of them tube (valve) based.
imgSource Audio img Recently established company that produces a highly innovative guitar and bass pedals line. It owns the Hot Hand technology, that translates motion into a dynamic and precise expression which can be applied to a range of guitar effects, and manufacturers the Soundblox lines of pedals.
imgStrymon img Recently established company that produces a highly technological and no compromise guitar pedals line.
imgSuhr img Producers of guitars, basses, amplifiers and pick-ups, offers even an analog guitar pedals series.
imgT-Rex engineering img Pure guitar pedals manufacturers, they offer a wide range of effects that balance analog and digital technologies.
imgTech 21 img Company manufacturer of guitar and bass amplifiers, produces even an analog guitar pedals line.
imgTL Audio img Produces a high level rack format signal processors line based exclusively on tube (valve) technology.
imgVHT img Producers of hand made tube (valve) guitar amplifiers, offer even a couple of pedals.
imgVox Amplification img Famous for their characteristic guitar amplifiers, they produce even a wide range of floor multi effects pedals and guitar pedals based on analog, tube (valve) and digital technologies. It is their the mythic V846 wah wah, and offer some models developed in collaboration with Joe Satriani.
imgWampler pedals img Company dedicated to guitar pedals, offers a complete range of products with a signature line developed with famous guitarists.
imgZoom img Produces the GX series of multi effects pedals with various dimensions and complexity, up to embed them into a single pedal. In particular offers a series named ''Artist Model'', devices and multi effects pedals containing patches created by famous guitarists.

 

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