Best expression pedals: get creative with our top choices

Moog EP-3 expression pedal on a black floor
(Image credit: Moog)

Expression pedals aren’t usually the first choice on a guitarist's dream pedal list, but we’re here to change your expectations and show you just how powerful these pedals can be. The best expression pedals are utilitarian tools that allow you to manipulate the parameters of your effects in real-time. 

Imagine you’ve got a reverb pedal and you want it to swell at the end of a particular passage. Reaching down and turning the knob is not really an option as your hands are busy, but with an expression pedal plugged in, it takes just a simple sweep of your foot and your guitar sound will become swathed in a warm wash of luscious reverb.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking with pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS