Strymon BigSky vs Strymon BlueSky: which reverb is best for your 'board?

Strymon BigSky and Strymon BlueSky V2 side by side
(Image credit: Future)

A good reverb pedal is a mainstay on pretty much every guitarist's pedalboard and its effect can be subtle or stratospheric. There’s no doubt Strymon make some of the best reverb pedals around, but out of their two heavy hitters the BigSky and BlueSky, which is the perfect choice for you? We’re going to take a deep dive into these two revered reverb pedals and look at the burning questions, so you can make the best decision for an addition to your rig.

Before we get started it’s important to note that Strymon recently released the BlueSky V2, which has a few differences to the original BlueSky. So, to save any confusion, we’re going to be using V2 as our benchmark for comparison.

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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 writing and recording in 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 pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS