What are some pedals you think are under-rated / sleepers?

HHKeegan

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Boss TR-2 , considering buying one again after stupidly selling my old one and replacing it with a fancy/overly complicated boutique trem.

Xotic AC Booster, was a big deal when it first came out but these days is largely overshadowed by "trendier" ODs. Still rips.
 

BluesBUSTER

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The Xotic AC-RC is great. Somehow the Xotic AC, RC and BB pedals are not getting much love these days - no new models, I get it - and yet I see those quite often in use around town. The OZ Noy signature AC-RC model was a real surprise at rehearsal/gig volume, despite the many selected choices on my large pedalboard I stayed on the AC-RC most of the time.
 

OotMagroot

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I just pulled out my Ibanez Jet Driver last night (JD-9). If that thing had a little more drive on tap, it would be the perfect distortion for a clean amp. If you have a clean amp and want a medium-gain overdrive with a lot of mids, the JD-9 is what you need.
 

Steven

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Mooer Blues Crab - great low gain overdrive
Maxon SD-9 - yes its old and there is 1 billion other newer hypier pedals out there, but the SD-9 is perfect if you - like me - want a fat fuzzy higer gain overdrive with great dynamics/clean up. It sounds great with all of my guitars (strat/tele/LP/Tyler).
 

whateverdude

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Doom In Analog Evil Gypsy (fOXX Tone Machine clone) with octave defeat switch and germanium or silicon option and a mids switch. This is my end all fuzz. The guy who makes them lives in Australia. I took a chance on Reverb and bought one because my Ronsound Stone Machine is MIA.
 
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For me, definitely the Sonuus Voluum. Incredible pedal. All analog audio path, digital control with presets and MIDI. VCA based effect that can do almost any volume-related effect. Also, great wearless volume/expression pedal. What it can do:
  • Wearless volume pedal. Heel and toe values can be programmed to anything between silence and +40 dB (and can be stored in presets)
  • Clean boost, up to +40 dB.
  • Noise gate. Also programmable, so you can have presets with different treshholds for your low gain and high gain sounds.
  • Very flexible programmable VCA compressor. For my taste, optical and FET compressors can be a bit "cooler" sounding, colouring the sound in interesting ways; but still, the Sonuus compressor is so good that I don't need any other comp pedal on my board.
  • Extremely flexible programmable Tremolo. Different Waveforms like sine, triangle, trapez, square, saw up, saw down, random. Can sync to MIDI clock at various subdivisions/multipliers. Speed control via pedal is also possible, even envelope controlled speed and/or depth. Dual LFO mode lets you even create rhythmical patterns. Better and more flexible than e.g. the Empress Tremolo I had before. My Princeton's built-in Tube Tremolo still sounds a bit better, so I may prefer it in the studio; live, the Voluum is the only Tremolo I've been using in the past 15 months.
  • Limiter (I never use it)
  • Great built-in tuner
  • Can serve as a programmable MIDI expression pedal, too. Per preset, you can define MIDI channel, CC#, min and max values.
Here, you can see mine in action:



Second place on my list would be the Line6 M5. Poor man’s H9, lots of decent (and some great) effects at a really low price. Covers all my pitch shifting needs (the only things it cannot do is polyphonic octaves like a POG, and adding more than one harmony), decent Flanger/Chorus/Vibrato/Phaser and Reverb sounds, I love the Auto Volume Echo and Tube Echo models.


 

Hofnarr

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For me, definitely the Sonuus Voluum. Incredible pedal. All analog audio path, digital control with presets and MIDI. VCA based effect that can do almost any volume-related effect. Also, great wearless volume/expression pedal. What it can do:
  • Wearless volume pedal. Heel and toe values can be programmed to anything between silence and +40 dB (and can be stored in presets)
  • Clean boost, up to +40 dB.
  • Noise gate. Also programmable, so you can have presets with different treshholds for your low gain and high gain sounds.
  • Very flexible programmable VCA compressor. For my taste, optical and FET compressors can be a bit "cooler" sounding, colouring the sound in interesting ways; but still, the Sonuus compressor is so good that I don't need any other comp pedal on my board.
  • Extremely flexible programmable Tremolo. Different Waveforms like sine, triangle, trapez, square, saw up, saw down, random. Can sync to MIDI clock at various subdivisions/multipliers. Speed control via pedal is also possible, even envelope controlled speed and/or depth. Dual LFO mode lets you even create rhythmical patterns. Better and more flexible than e.g. the Empress Tremolo I had before. My Princeton's built-in Tube Tremolo still sounds a bit better, so I may prefer it in the studio; live, the Voluum is the only Tremolo I've been using in the past 15 months.
  • Limiter (I never use it)
  • Great built-in tuner
  • Can serve as a programmable MIDI expression pedal, too. Per preset, you can define MIDI channel, CC#, min and max values.
Here, you can see mine in action:



Second place on my list would be the Line6 M5. Poor man’s H9, lots of decent (and some great) effects at a really low price. Covers all my pitch shifting needs (the only things it cannot do is polyphonic octaves like a POG, and adding more than one harmony), decent Flanger/Chorus/Vibrato/Phaser and Reverb sounds, I love the Auto Volume Echo and Tube Echo models.


The Sonuus is amazing. Have you tried the Wahoo? Great pedal as well, and certainly underrated, or just overlooked.
 

TheGuildedAge

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For me a lot of non-boutique stuff.

MXR, Boss, etc. all make fantastic stuff.

Stock td, stock rat, dimarzio and duncan pickups.
 

Kevsonic

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Greer Moonshot seems to get lost in the ratings-shuffle, but will never get lost in a mix. What it does to any dirt later in the signal chain is intoxicating. Moonshot + Timmy is straight fire.
 
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The Sonuus is amazing. Have you tried the Wahoo? Great pedal as well, and certainly underrated, or just overlooked.
Was thinking about getting both Voluum and Wahoo, since Sonuus had a great bundle price. But the facts that A. the combination of both would have taken up too much pedal board real estate, and B. Wahoo has MIDI only over USB kept me away from it. Instead, I got a ProStage Remote Wah Wah that I control from the Sonuus. May be replaced with a Chase Bliss Condor in the future.
 

Lung plunger

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I'm going to say Analogman's Peppermint fuzz. All the AM fuzz love goes to the Sun Faces and Sun Kings even the Astro Fuzz, but not the Pep.
Indeed.

If I were a cash strapped college student that lived off a 12pk of Natty Light every night.. the peppermint fuzz would indeed be my 12pk of Natty Light.
 
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Maxon CP101 - Smooth, transparent, doesn't pump like some of the MXR and Boss I've used. G.A.S. kicks in and I wonder if there is something better(Cali76 or Empress), but honestly I can't tell you one thing I don't like about it.
 




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