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Best Effects Pedals: Rookie of the Year 2018

Which ONE of the best effects pedals from 2018 has been crowned Rookie of the Year?

Hundreds of pedals were released in 2018, but which ones are truly the best? We needed YOUR help crowning 2018’s “Rookie of the Year!”

You helped us nominate the top 10 pedals, and then you voted for your favorite! The top 10 pedals were:

And The Winner Is…

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of 2018’s pedal “Rookie of the Year” is The Dane by ThorpyFx! Congratulations!

We will be randomly selecting one lucky voter to give away a ThorpyFx The Dane to very soon – stay tuned to see if you won!

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113 thoughts on “Best Effects Pedals: Rookie of the Year 2018

  • June 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    Best of the best here!!!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    The Dane is the best new pedal with lots of possibilities

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  • June 6, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Kool voting and nice giveaway contest ! Thanks RIFF City Guitar

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  • May 3, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor.

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  • May 2, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Walrus Audio Fathom

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  • May 2, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor

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  • April 26, 2019 at 7:57 am
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    Keely Fuzz Bender.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor

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  • April 24, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    Benson Preamp

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    • April 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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      Red Panda Tensor

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  • April 22, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Mooer Preamp Live.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    EHX grand canyon

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  • April 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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  • April 21, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    The lovely one – Keeley Aria.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    EarthQuaker Devices Hoof V2

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  • April 20, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    You guys should have a list people can pick from along with pics — that’d make it a bit more scientific….

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  • April 19, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    Keeley Aria for sure!

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  • April 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Keeley Aria for me, love the design and sound of it, cool name too.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Flatiron fuzz Electro-Harmonix

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  • April 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

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    • April 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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      yeap..EXH ocean reverb is the best.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    to me It is thr best ever!

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    • April 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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      EXH Ocean reverb

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  • April 18, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    The True Spring Reverb from Source. The top spring reverb in a pedal.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 1:27 am
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    1981 inventions DRV 🤘🏼

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  • April 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Pantheon

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  • April 17, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    RYRA Fuzz A-Matic. High quality, board friendly FuzzFace tone without the noise and and odd design shape. One and done.

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  • April 17, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    I only bought 1 pedal that was a new pedal in 2018 and it became my number one, the earthquaker devices black ash fuzz. I loved it so much I made you tube videos unboxing to demos.

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  • April 16, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    EQD Aqueduct

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  • April 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Gamechanger Audio Plasma Pedal

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    • April 18, 2019 at 12:20 am
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      Keely Aria- compressor / drive combo! Great pedal- fun and versatile ! I’m loving it

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    • April 16, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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      Thorpy effects – The Dane, absolutely, fatness on limit:)

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    • April 17, 2019 at 8:47 am
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      EHX Triangle Big Muff Pi reissue

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  • April 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Thorpy FX -The Dane,Medic,Fat General

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  • April 15, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    ReTracer delay workstation pedal from EBS. 224 sounds from 12 different engines this pedal is over the top!

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  • April 15, 2019 at 7:35 am
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    Thorpy FX The Dane!!!

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  • April 15, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    Benson Preamp!

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  • April 15, 2019 at 4:46 am
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    Thorpy FX Dane and Fat General.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    Benson Preamp

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  • April 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    Meris Enzo

    Really cool synth

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  • April 12, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    EHX Grand Canyon

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  • April 12, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    EarthQuaker Aqueduct

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  • April 12, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Friedman BE OD Deluxe, versatility with killer tone.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    1. Boss Dimension-C Waza
    2. Thorpy Dane

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:50 am
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    I really enjoy playing my EHX Oceans 11 reverb. Given the price, it’s definitely a very worthy candidate.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Another vote for the Thorpy FX The Dane.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Keeley Aria

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  • April 11, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    I can’t decide between the Boss Dimension C and the Greer Soma 63.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Keeley/ Eddie Heinzelman Verb o Trem

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  • April 10, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    1981 DRV
    JHS Bonsai
    Matthews Effects The Ghoul

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  • April 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Snake Oil’s “The Very Thing.”

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  • April 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Keeley Verb-o-Trem!

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    • April 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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      Keeley Retro Super Phat Mod

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  • April 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Earthquaker pyramids

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  • April 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Victory Kraken preamp pedal.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Benson Preamp all the way!

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    • April 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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      Dr Scientists Atmosphere

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  • April 10, 2019 at 9:58 am
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    JHS Bonsai and the EH Oceans 11 Reverb are my picks!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 9:35 am
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    1981 Inventions DRV

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  • April 10, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    1. Boss Dimension C
    2. Thorpy Dane

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    Keely El Rey Dorado. Especially the hand wired version. Consecutive serial numbers are kinda nice too.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Thorpy Chain Home is the only new pedal I have experience with so that is my nomination.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Walrus Audio Fathom! Instant soundscapes textural harmonic and musical. Instant inspiration in a compact well built and beautiful pedal.

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    • April 10, 2019 at 10:50 am
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      Line 6 hx effects

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    Wampler Phanteon

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Keeley Aria for sure.

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    • April 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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      ThorpyFX The Dane! It has the OD and boost tones I have been wanting for a LOOONG time. It is so versatile yet so very user friendly. Hands down my favorite pedal EVER!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:11 am
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    Vemuram Myriad! Out of a lot of fuzzes that I own & or have owned it’s taken it’s spot on the top!

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    • April 10, 2019 at 9:22 am
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      1) Thorpy Dane – so many uses… booster- overdrive- “dirt”- stack with other pedals

      2) Ryra- Fuzz a Matic: under the radar simple to dial in tones!.. great sounding overdrive- fuzz…. awesome to stack with other pedals!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:05 am
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    I really like the Endangered Audio AD4096 mk2, which became available in 2018. It is a lush sounding bucket-brigade delay in a beautiful housing.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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      Old Blood Noise – Rêver . Gosh.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    1981 Inventions DRV

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    • April 10, 2019 at 8:10 am
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      Seymour Duncan Silver Lake Reverb

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    • April 12, 2019 at 12:49 am
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      Pussy Melter!!! Steel Panther!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 7:58 am
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    Honestly, the Boss Waza Craft Metalzone really surprised me and sounds killer

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    • April 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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      Boss Dimension C Waza

      Rare pedal reissued!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 7:56 am
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    ThorpyFX The Dane hands down I will one day own one.

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    • April 13, 2019 at 10:41 am
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      True Springsteen réverbère by SA

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