It’s Black Friday week, and, by now, most of the significant guitar effects pedal releases of the year have been unveiled – also considering that the next NAMM show, which triggers a lot of new releases in the months prior, will be in April 2023, not January.
Hence, we thought it would be a good idea to post a recap of what struck us as the most interesting, or, dare we say, best guitar pedals of 2022!
As usual, rather than being overly picky and selective, we went for a bunch of super-inclusive categories, that way we can give exposure to some lesser-known devices while our readers can make sure they get just the right pedal for their current needs!
There’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF out there, how can anybody stick with a simple top ten? Let’s say it, top ten lists are lies!!!
These lists are loosely organized in order of popularity, and we compiled them using the following “coordinates:”
- Reverb.com’s list of the best-selling pedals of 2022
- Top Google Searches recorded by Delicious Audio in 2022
- Average number of video views received by each pedal
- Sales we witnessed in person at our 2022 Stompbox Exhibits
We are sure there are other pedals that deserve to be on these lists, please feel free to highlight your favorite ones in this article’s comment section (as long as they are 2022 releases).
For a blast from the not-so-distant past, check out also our Best Guitar Pedals of 2021 aggregate list.
The Best Guitar Pedals of 2022,
The categories below are completely arbitrary, they just sprung out of our desire to include all the stompboxes we wanted to feature.
As usual, a click/second tap on the pedal’s thumbnails will open a video review.
• Best Creative Pedals of 2022
• Best Compact/Mini, Non-Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Large Footprint, Non-Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Multi-FX Pedals of 2022
• Best Pedals by Emerging Builders, in 2022
• Best Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Fuzz Pedals of 2022
• Best EQ, Compression & Utility Pedals in 2022
• Best Pedals for Metal in 2022
• Best Pedal Updates of 2022
• Best Pedal Series of 2022