Steel Panther 1987 Pedal review

Ah, 1987... the year Appetite for Destruction broke, when L.A. was the center of the rock and metal universe, and when guitar tones were all combined distortion and delay like this

Steel Panther 1987
(Image: © Steel Panther)

Guitar World Verdict

A retro-fun pedal for hair and sleaze metal enthusiasts, particularly those of a certain age... If you can remember the '80s, you can remember these tones.


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    Cool paint job.

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    Fun sounds.

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    Top-mounted jacks.

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    Dual footswitch design allows you to use effects independently.


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    Delay skews a little 'power ballad'.

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    In 2023, not everyone wants 1987.

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    The nagging fear that Satchel wired the circuit.

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The year 1987 brings to mind certain memories for me: I had hair down to my waist; a SuperStrat with one humbucker and a Floyd Rose; a kickin’ hair metal band; Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Guns N’ Roses blaring from my speakers and well, come to think of it, not much else.

Don’t get me wrong, it was an adventurously fun chapter of my youth but also a time of self-reflection, as in, how much longer will this “nothin’ but a good time” last? All the same, it didn’t matter. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.