Guitar pedals have had a renaissance of sorts over the last decade or so. They never fell out of favour with guitarists, but their popularity and appeal has grown exponentially in recent times. With online gear demos becoming a brilliant source for buying advice, and with more players seeking electrifying new sounds to push the musical boundaries — we shouldn’t be all that surprised!
2021 has been a great year for stompbox releases so far. And we’re only 7 or so months in, so this article might require an update pretty soon! Nevertheless, we’ve still rounded up our favourite new guitar pedals that we hope will fuel you with the desire to expand your sonic horizons.