“Affordable, gig-worthy stompboxes that bring pro-level polish and timeless tones to any rig”: Universal Audio UAFX Evermore, Heavenly, Orion and 1176 review

Offering studio hardware in a compact, pedalboard-friendly format, UAFX is democratizing reference-quality guitar tones – and we can't get enough of it

Universal Audio UAFX pedals
(Image: © Universal Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

UA applied decades of studio processing and digital emulation knowhow into an affordable series of gig-worthy stompboxes that bring professional polish and timeless tones to any guitarist’s stage rig.


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    Accurate reproductions of classic studio and tape echo effects developed with UA’s expertise.

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    Compact pedalboard-friendly format.


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    Mono only.

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Sometime around the late ’70s or early ’80s, guitarists realized that the best way to get studio sound on stage was by using studio gear. Sometimes this simply wasn’t possible (for example, no one in their right mind would take an EMT plate reverb on tour) but even when it was, the equipment was usually cumbersome and prohibitively expensive to all but the most well-paid stars and session players.

The digital revolution has changed that, and now studio-grade processing is available on everything from smartphones and tablets to stompbox pedals. As great as many of these products are, few companies have the expertise and lengthy experience with studio processors of Universal Audio. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.