What will I learn?
- A little bit about the biggest brands in guitar effects: Boss, Strymon and Eventide
- The technical differences between the best modulation, delay and reverb pedals
- Which brand will suit you and your pedalboard needs
If you’re a guitar pedal junkie then you’ll definitely know about the now legendary Strymon and Eventide pedals. These 2 brands have dominated the high-end pedal market for a long time now with Strymon practically setting the benchmark for Reverb (Big Sky), Delay (Timeline) and Modulation (Mobius).
Older Eventide gear has been used in high-end studios since the 70s and more recently been hot on the heels of Strymon with their triple footswitch pedals. They’ve also got a Reverb (Space), Delay (Time Factor) and Modulation (Modfactor). Not to mention their H9 pedal which works as a chameleon of sorts. It’s got all of the algorithms from their other pedals available and it can morph into any pedal.
Boss entered the fray with their incredible DD-500 Delay pedal in 2016. This pedal proved popular to its processing power, sound quality and the fact that, like all Boss pedals, it’s built like a tank. But they haven’t stopped there; they’ve now got a Modulation (MD-500) and Reverb (RV-500) pedal to take on Strymon and Eventide.
Strymon are the kings of the boutique pedal. They have set the benchmark for ‘super-pedals’ and the Timeline, Mobius & BigSky are the industry standard for pro-level pedals.
- Industry Standard for delay, reverb & modulation
- Highly-tweakable, but you need a solid knowledge of effect parameters to hone your tone
- More presets and preset slots than the other 2 brands
- 12 algorithms on each pedal with deep editing capability
- BigSky has cab emulation for incredible ‘direct out’ sounds
- Made in the U.S.A
History of Strymon
Strymon Pedals started out as Damage Control in 2004 with a line of tube-driven pedals. In 2009 production moved under the Strymon name where they developed their digital pedals and the rest is history. These pedals quickly gained a name for themselves and they’ve since won loads of awards and are coveted by guitar players all around the world.
Expect these pedals to be in the history books along with the Roland Space Echo, The Strat and the Les Paul.