What are the best pedals (within these categories) you've ever played?

frails

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I'm not gonna state that this has probably already been covered because I'm certain it has. But with new versions being made available all the time, threads like this are a moving target. What I'd like to know is categorized below. If possible, please cut n paste the format so each entry is easy to read and scroll through. I myself have tried a bunch. I certainly have my favorites including the SUF Civil War Muff, El Capistan, Demeter Compulator and the Cornish LD-3. What about you? What are the best pedals you've ever tried that fit within the categories below?

Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
SUF Civil War Muff

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
Strymon El Capistan

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Demeter Compulator

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Boss CE-2

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
EH Electric Mistress

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Cornish LD-3
 

Bman20

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gain: kalamazoo
delay: tie dl4/dmm
comp: keeley 2 knob
chorus: not a big chorus guy, but woukd say vs h2o
phaser: honestly never owned one besides mm4
 

wundergussy

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gain: Whatever I'm stoked about this week
Delay: Malekko 300b
Comp: there is no such thing as a good comp
chorus: EWS modded Arion
Phaser: VFE Enterprise
 

lonetone483

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Gain: Suhr Riot
Delay: Strymon Timeline
Comp: Strymon OB-1
Chorus: Fulltone Choralflange
Phaser: Script Phase 90
 

jason41224

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Drive: OCD. Sorta hated on here, but not in the real world.
Delay: Timeline
Compressor: Vintage Ross. or a Malekko for the size.
Chorus: any one in bypass mode.
Phaser: VFE Enterprise
Overall: I can't see myself ever, EVER getting rid of the Timeline.
 

mmolteratx

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Drive: Tone Bender MKI variants. Pigdog, Castledine, etc.
Delay: Toneczar Echoczar w/ Angelbaby (or DMMw/TT, both are equally as great and on my board ATM)
Compressor: BJFe Pine Green Compressor
Chorus: Providence Anadime Chorus
Flanger: Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress
Phaser: Blackout Effectors Whetstone
Overall: I won't be dumping any of my MKI variants any time soon. Probably my favorite fuzz circuit ever.
 

johann

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Drive: Vintage Rat
Delay: T-rex replica
Comp: Keeley 2 knob
Chorus: Arion ews mod/Boss ce2
Phaser/flanger: EVH Phase 90 (not much of a phase/flanger player)
The one that never gonna leave the board: Arion ews chorus
 

Godspeed64

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Boss SD-1

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
TC Electronics Nova Repeater

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
BOSS CS-2

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
BOSS PS-6

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
Ibanez FL-301dx

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Boss SD-1

Wow I realize I love stuff that are non-boutique. Well can't blame me everytime I try replacing them with boutique stuff they end up falling short off the mark.
 

Jules-RM

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Barber LTD SR

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
Deluxe Memory Man (low gain) TimeFactor (higher gain)

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Keeley Compressor (with single coils only)

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Analogman

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
MXR 74 reissue Phase 90

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Barber Half Gainer is the only pedal I'm 100% sure of
 

NewarkWilder

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My favs...

Dirt: EHX Green Russian/DAM Red Rooster
Delay: DMM/Timeline/Memory Lane Jr
Comp: BJF PGC/RAF Mirage
Chorus:EQD Sea Machine/Fromel Lush
Phaser & Flanger: Subdecay Quasar DLX/EHX Electric Mistress
Never leaving my board: Effectrode Vibra-Chorus & ClinchFX EP-Pre
 

JacksonCarter

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gain:maxon od9. followed closely by a delta labs 808 clone.
delay:timefactor (never tried a timeline)
chorus: delta labs... no joke.
phase:rotovibe
neverleaving my board:micro amp
 

Stratoben127

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Gain: Catalinbread DLS MkII (so far)
Delay: TC Electronic Nova Repeater (so far) although I'd love to try an El Capistan
Compression: MXR Dyna Comp is all I've played so far, and I like it.
Chorus: all I've played is my Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress, which I love. It has a lot of throb in the low end.
Flanger/Phase: Mojo Vibe counts? Otherwise, Catalinbread Pareidolia from videos.
Pedal that will never leave my board: for Fenders, Catalinbread DLS MkII, for Marshalls, an Analogman Sunlion which I don't even have yet. But I NEED it.
 

S. S. Bender

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Klon Centaur

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
Diamond Memory Lane 2

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Diamond Compressor

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Diamond Vibrato (Because it does great analog vibrato & chorus)

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe 2 (I prefer Univibes over phasers or flangers)

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Diamond Memory Lane 2
 

Fendegibs

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gain: Wampler Black 65
delay: DD3 (I'm not a delay guy)
comp: never played one
chorus: EHX Small Clone
phaser: Keeley Phaser
Never leaving the board: Timmy
 

Jahn

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Whiteface RAT

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
Deluxe Memory Man

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Don't use one, but out of the ones I did, the Diamond Compressor

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Boss CE-1

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
MXR M117 Flanger

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Deluxe Memory Man
 

NdrewC

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Gain: TS808HW
Delay: A tie between the IB Modified Nova Delay and Diamond Memory Lane Jr for me
Comp: Empress Compressor
Chorus: Providence Anadime Chorus
Phaser: MXR handwired vintage 1974 Phase 90 modded for true bypass with LED and power jack by Analogman.
Never leaving the board: Timmy
 

crxshdxmmy

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Gain: Lunar Module Deluxe
Delay: TimeLine, I guess...
Comp: Diamond Compressor
Chorus: Fromel Lush
Flanger: Ibanez SF-10 ... that damn switch, though
Never leaving the board: Timmy
 

DrNugget

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Maxon OD808

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
MXR Carbon Copy

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
N/A. Haven't use them.

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
N/A. Haven't use them.

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
N/A. Haven't use them.

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
Peterson Strobotuner Tuner
 

Wolfboy1

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Tube Screamer 30th Anniversary

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
EHX SMMH

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Empress

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Digitech Hardwire

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
MXR EVH 90

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
MXR EVH 90 or Buddy Guy Wah
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NoahKaatz

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Best Gain Pedal (includes distortion, fuzz and OD, et al)
Menatone King of the Britians (7 knob)

Best Delay Pedal (includes analog, digital, tape, stereo, et al)
EHX Deluxe Memory Man

Best Compressor Pedal (includes optical, non-optical, et al)
Empress Compressor

Best Chorus Pedal (includes analog, digital, true stereo, et al)
Fromel Seraph

Best Phaser/Flanger Pedal (includes analog, digital, et al)
Strymon Orbit Flianger

The one pedal that will never, EVER leave your board (includes any and all pedals regardless of category)
EHX Deluxe Memory Man
 




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