Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top Five Effect Pedals of 2012
Guitar World Gear Editor Paul Riario chooses his top five new effect pedals of 2012.
Effects are like jellybeans. You can’t have just one — and is there really a flavor you don’t like?
They’re all good. But since I must, I have to give you a list of the best flavors of effects this year. Keep in mind, if I could, I’d give you a top 20 list of my favorite stomp boxes of 2012, but I’ll limit it to five because I need to hold your attention and honestly, I’d be splitting hairs with some because there were so many good ones to pick from.
I’ve chosen five different types of effects, in essence, the type of stomp boxes every guitarist uses and ones that typically claim real estate on your pedal board. So with that, I have my favorite delay, wah, gain, modulation and … well, just see for yourself.
05. DigiTech iStomp
The DigiTech iStomp ($229.95) is a revolutionary pedal. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can turn this black “blank canvas” stomp box into any type of singular guitar effect at any time, simply by downloading the desired effect from DigiTech’s Stomp Shop at the iTunes store and quickly upload it into the iStomp.
The iStomp includes 10 free ePedals, power supply and a SmartCable to download the effect from your iOS device. Once you connect to the Stomp Shop, you can try out any pedal without purchasing it, and if allotted five minutes time isn’t enough for you to make a decision on whether or not you like it, you can download it all over again.
The pedals range in price from 99 cents to $19.99, and there are more than 40 different guitar effects of every flavor available for you to store on your iOS device to upload into the iStomp when the gig calls for it.
More info: digitech.com
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