Stomping Ground: 30 of the Coolest New Stomp Boxes and Tried-and-True Favorites
Caroline Guitar Co Icarus
The Icarus features more than 21db of tapered boost, and you can put this boost pedal in front of your overdrives for creamier gain or after them for ideal lead guitar tones. The Icarus is made by hand in the U.S.
STREET PRICE: $135.99 | carolineguitar.com
Vox StompLab 2G
Vox’s StompLab 2G multieffect guitar pedal provides amp and effect modeling in a compact and roadworthy metal unit. Its expression pedal can control wah, volume and effect parameters, and it has 100 preset programs identified by a musical style (e.g. rock, metal) to make it easy to find the perfect sound. The StompLab 2G has 104 effects, including amp, drive, cabinet, modulation, delay and reverb (plus noise reduction), and up to eight effects can be used simultaneously. Extras include a chromatic tuner, headphone out and battery operation.
LIST PRICE: $89.99 | voxamps.com
Blackstar’s HT-Drive tube-driven guitar pedal runs at high voltage (300V HT) to deliver the ultimate overdrive experience, with gain from warm boost to screaming valve saturation. The unique A-Class tone control cuts the high-end fizz without making your tone sound dull and lifeless when you back off. It also offers a no-compromise speaker-emulated output and silent output. And because it responds like a tube amp, the HT-Drive gives you genuine overdrive, with no compromises.
LIST PRICE: $179.99 | blackstaramps.com