Top 12 Best Beginner Electric Guitar Pedals

Pedals For All Skills

If you’re just starting your journey into the world of Electric Guitar pedals, let us be the first to say “Welcome!” Here at Boothe Music, we often tell new electric guitarists that their guitar and pickups will be 10% of their sound, their amp will be another 10%, and their choice of pedals will be 80% of their sound. They will make (or break!) the sound, style, and look that you’re going for! The one problem if you’re just starting, though, is the sheer number of choices and options available to you. Here are our favorite 12 pedals to get you started!

1. Electro Harmonix Grand Canyon – Delay & Looper

A fantastic all-in-one Delay & Looper with 12 effect types! Featuring a full looper capable of recording and overdubbing the Grand Canyon’s effects.

2. Electro Harmonix Ocean’s 12 – Reverb

Even more reverb and functionality than the Ocean’s 11, featuring two simultaneous, independent, stereo engines. Series and parallel control, plus 24 presets makes this a perfect starter reverb option.

3. Electro Harmonix 360 Nano Looper

A simpler looper than the Grand Canyon, featuring 6 minutes of high-quality recording time, unlimited overdubs, and easy undo/redo functionality. A perfect, easy to use looper for any pedalboard.

4. EHX Memory Toy – Analog Delay

Up to 550ms of delay, with a selectable chorus and organic depth and dimension. A perfect starter delay pedal!

5. MXR Carbon Copy – Analog Delay

Alternatively, the MXR Carbon Copy delivers a rich, warm delay up to 600ms with modulation. The three knobs offer exceptional control for your perfect sound!

6. MXR Custom Badass Modified – Overdrive

A classic overdrive circuit, upgraded with a 100HZ control and a bump switch for improved performance and versatility. The next step up in overdrive pedals!

7. EHX OPAmp Big Muff – Fuzz

Relying on op-amps instead of transistors, and three gain stages instead of four, creatures this fuzz pedal’s signature sound. Described as “crushing,” “crunchy,” and “great for grungy, wall-of-sound distortion.”

8. Strymon Blue Sky – Reverb

In the world of pedals, Strymon is the top of the line. Sleek design, incredible colors, and wiring like no other. The Blue Sky is the #1 reverb pedal we recommend for beginners.

9. MXR ISO-Brick – Power supply

If you’re brand new and jumping in with gusto, consider a power supply brick for your new pedalboard! Easily plug and play so that you can get to what you really want to do – play!

10. EVH 5150 – Chorus

Get Eddie Van Halen’s classic chorus sound suped up for modern rig flexibility. Who doesn’t want to sound like Van Halen, right?

11. MXR Six band EQ

The MXR Six Band EQ covers all the essential guitar frequencies and has been upgraded with noise-reduction circuitry, true bypass switching, brighter LEDs for increased visibility, and a lightweight aluminum housing.

12. MXR Ten band EQ

Need a little more flexibility? The MXR Ten Band EQ lets you tune your bass or guitar rig in seconds, and it’s been upgraded with noise-reduction circuitry, true bypass switching, a lightweight aluminum housing, brighter LEDs, and a second output.

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