Best flanger pedals 2024: flange pedals options from Strymon, Boss, TC Electronic and more

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Flanger pedals aren't a subtle effect, but by the same measure, if that's the sound in your head then accept no substitutes – and this guide to the best flanger pedals can help you make the right choice. Flangers are part of a loose family of LFO-based guitar effects that also includes phaser pedals and chorus pedals. 

In fact, some flangers with a vintage voicing are just about versatile enough to cover your chorus needs as well. For example, on The Police's classic 1979 hit Walking on the Moon, guitarist Andy Summers used an Electric Mistress set to a chorus-style tone, not a chorus pedal, as many assume. For arpeggiated picking, or strumming slower chords, they can add some movement to spice up a section, while for dramatic effect, when paired with a distortion pedal they can make a part literally take off.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.