The pedals that the world's greatest guitarists can't live without – only in the new Guitar World

may 2023
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's all about the pedals these days – at least in my neck of the woods. They're small, they're cool looking, they sound amazing and, in the grand scheme of things, they're generally inexpensive. 

Excluding strings, picks, cables, capos, slides, clip-on tuners, used Krivo pickups and Red Stripe beer, a pedal – new or used – is one of the least-expensive ways to bask in that addictive new-gear glow.

And so, with this in mind, for our May 2023 issue, we asked more than 60 top guitarists to choose their ultimate stompboxes, aka the pedals they can't live without. 

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.