One of the great things about electric guitars is the array of sonic choices they deliver. Beyond the controls on your guitar and in your amp, you also have the ability to throw down some more complex effects into the mix with effects pedals.
Used well, effects pedals can create a signature sound for you—as they have done for U2’s the Edge, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Eddie Van Halen.
Here are three rated best guitar effects pedals under $150 that have earned at least 100 or more positive reviews. The great part about this is the reviewers are giving you their honest feedback based on their actual use of the pedals. No sales associate is blowing smoke here (although sales consultants can be very helpful in suggesting equipment you might not be familiar with).
The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal delivers a completely old school, bucket brigade analog path that results in a “rich, warm delay.” You get up to a 600 ms of delay time that you can modulate through a top-mounted switch and a simple three-knob layout that controls your delay time, mix (dry or wet blend) and Regen (repeats).
What’s more, the M169 rocks two adjustable internal trim pots that give you control over the width and rate control of your modulation.
The MXR provides a true hardwire bypass, single 9-volt operation and stage-ready blue LEDs so you can check where you are at a glance.
152 reviewers gave the MXR M169 an impressive 4.8 stars noting it delivered responsive, excellent sound quality with a good selection of effects in a compact design.
The Fulltone OCD effects pedal loads classic overdrive tone into a simple, no-headaches compact pedal. Whether you’re after heavy crunch full of feedback or Windexy squeaky cleans, the OCD delivers the classic sound of a great tube amp plus the ability to tweak it to your style of play.
The OCD features true bypass switching, so along with volume, drive and tone control its HP/LP switch lets you swing from a crisp, clean boost to “manic, sustain-laden distortion.”
All Fulltone pedals are hand built and tested at Fulltone’s Southern California factory. This is the real deal.
100 reviewers gave the Fulltone OCD a ginormous 4.8 stars for its versatile, responsive effects with excellent sound quality in a compact design.
3. MXR M-108 Ten Band Graphic EQ Pedal $119.99
You want extreme control over the 10 most crucial frequencies for guitar? That’s the M-108’s entire reason for being.
It provides you with separate input gain and output volume sliders which, in turn, give you an absurd amount of control.
You hanker for thundering crunch? Done. You long for razor-sharp clarity? Just dial it in. The possibilities are endless.
102 reviewers gave the M-108 a whopping 4.9 stars for its superlative, responsive and versatile sound quality with a great selection of effects in a compact format.