A Few Of Our Favorite Mini Effects Pedals

Mini pedals have become more prevalent in the last few years as many manufacturers are creating tiny versions of their well-known stompboxes. While they might be insanely small, many of these miniature effects do a great job at maintaining the core tone of their bigger brothers, even if they do lose a few options and settings due to the lack of room. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at these tiny tone monsters and come up with some of our favorite. Below, we take a look at five fantastic small pedals that we highly recommend.



BBE Sonic Stomp Mini

BBE Sonic Stomp Mini PedalThe classic BBE Sonic Stomp in a miniature form, the one piece of gear which improves the performance of your whole rig. Whether you’re a guitarist or bassist, get ready to be amazed. With Sonic Stomp’s proprietary BBE Sonic Maximizer technology, you’ll hear your amp cut through the band mix better with dramatically improved note definition in chords and solos. Even with a wall of distortion, the distinct harmonic elements of each note can be heard like never before. Time-based effects take on a level of realism and dimension you never thought possible. It’s like lifting a blanket off your amp to reveal the full potential of your gear and your musical expression. When you’re ready to Maximize Your Tone, get your hands on the new Mini Sonic Stomp!

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TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay

flashblackBuilt around the same small enclosure which made pedals such as PolyTune Mini, Hall of Fame Mini Reverb, Spark Mini Booster and Ditto Looper instant smash hits, the Flashback Mini Delay is a perfect addition to a player's pedalboard. Featuring the same high-quality delay tones as its older brother -- such as tape, analog, the classic 2290 sound and dynamic delay, just to name a few. And best of all, the Flashback Mini features TC's TonePrint technology, allowing you to install delay tones created by some of the most influential and creative artists out there. The Flashback Mini proves that you don't need a big pedal to make a big sound!

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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini

tsminiThere are few pedals that have created a legacy of imitators as wide and broad as the Ibanez Tube Screamer. With its signature mid-range boost and smooth tube-like overdrive, the original created a tonal formula that is still being copied to this day. With the Tube Screamer Mini, you get the same authentic tones and versatility as the original, thanks to the inclusion of the classic JRC4558D chip and the same 3 controls. Not only is it small enough to fit on nearly any pedalboard, it's marked at a price that any guitarist can afford.

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Xotic Effects SL Drive

sld_front_2_1Xotic has hit another homerun with the SL Drive. The tiny footprint and amazing tone capabilities of the SL Drive make this incredible-sounding pedal very appealing—you could literally show up to a gig with nothing more than a gig bag and the SL Drive in your back pocket, and that alone have a totally commanding tone. It’s a pedal that rewards investigation. In fact, getting the most out of it means exploring how the DIP switch settings alter the way the pedal interacts with your rig. If you’re looking for an amazing OD that captures Marshall-like tones in an ultra-compact package, it’s hard to beat this tiny wonder.

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Keeley Katana Clean Boost Mini

katanamini1Mini Katana Clean Boost!  Micro perfection sound just a bit smaller. Want a mirror image of your tone, only louder? This is it. The Katana Boost is also a fat, harmonically rich boost, just pull out on the volume knob and stretch your imagination with overdriven tone! You can keep it on all the time to push your amp harder, or as an occasional boost to cut through the mix. Obsessed with cleanest, most enjoyable tone boosted? Well, Before other people started using Blue LED’s and non-diode clipping stages, there was the TMB and Katana…. Cascading FET stages do the tube-amp-thing like nothing else! The Katana circuit is Robert Keeley’s first guitar effect design for Keeley Electronics.

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Well, there you have it, five great miniature pedals that we personally recommend. While they might not have all of the settings and options of their bigger brethren (except for the SL Drive which is an original pedal all its own), they retain what matters most -- awesome tone! If you have any questions regarding the purchase of any of the pedals above or any other piece of gear we carry, don't hesitate to chat with one of our friendly PAL pros by using the live chat feature below or by calling us toll-free at 1 877-671-2200!



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