You get 8 audio loops and a streamlined compact design made to fit in your pedalboard. This is our pick for the best guitar pedal switcher.
8 true bypass audio loops using gold contact relays
1-button access to 36 customizable preset effects combinations
Instantly recall 128 preset combinations of effects via MIDI
Compatible with Ground Control Pro or any MIDI controller
Insert point between loops 6 and 7 for volume pedals and more
The Voodoo Lab PX-8 Plus pedal switcher features eight footswitches on top of the unit for controlling all your effects. It also preserves the integrity of your signal, as your sound runs pure and clean right past any effects not selected.
This fantastic pedal switcher features 36 customizable preset pedal combinations. You can choose to use the PX-8 Plus in standard mode to insert and remove effects instantly.
Alternatively, you can also use it in preset mode, where a single stomp can pull up a string of effects for an instant lead tone, rhythm tone, etc.
Additionally, the PX-8 Plus is fully MIDI compatible and you can even program it to select the presets you’ve created in some of your favorite digitally controlled effects.
Despite all these features, this pedal is still compact and portable. The PX-8 Plus fits on one rail of a Pedaltrain pedalboard, giving you enough space for your effects and stompboxes.
Other features you’ll find on this pedal include an output buffer to preserve your tone, quiet switching technology for the lowest possible noise, and a 5-year warranty. The PX-8 Plus is truly hard to beat at this price point, and is our best overall pick for this list.
Radial has built a reputation based on functionality, reliability, and durability. The BigShot EFX is further proof of the no-nonsense approach that this company employs, which is something that has won them many fans over the years.
This effects loop switching pedal comes with a mute control, 2 ground lifts, and true bypass at a fantastic price point. This is our best value choice for the list.
Dual effects loop switching pedal
Instant access to 2 effects loops via 2 onboard switches
Create a true-bypass signal path with all pedals
Compact and rugged for pro pedalboards
Eliminate ground loop noise with 2 lift switches
The Radial BigShot EFX is a compact and elegant solution for pedal switching on a budget. It features two separate effects loops and true-bypass switching capability. You can choose to run both loops simultaneously or none at all. Additionally, you can opt to set up Loop 2 as a mute.
The BigShot EFX features input options of 1 x 1/4″ (instrument in), 2 x 1/4″ (loop returns), and 1 x 1/4″ (main out), 2 x 1/4″ (loop sends) outputs. It is powered by a passive 9V DC power supply which is sold separately.
This pedal switcher is simple, easy to use, easy to set up, and a strong choice for those with limited space and budget. Simply said, this is another great product by Radial, and is our best value pick for this list.
This pedal switcher offers you 10 fully independent switchable loops. MIDI capabilities and the ability to expand beyond 10 loops are also present, for the ultimate solution in guitar effects switching.
Versatile guitar effects loop switcher for intricate pedalboard configurations
10 x switchable effects loops
Loops 1-7 operate in series and are fed from a single main input
Loops 8, 9, and 10 feature independent external inputs for additional configuration options
Direct mode lets you toggle individual loops via the individual footswitches
BJF buffered input circuit avoids loss of signal or headroom, even with many pedals in use
The Crocodile Tail Loop’s direct mode allows you to try out different combinations of pedals in your quest for the perfect setup and tone.
Using the streamlined push-button controls, you can conveniently save up to 70 of your own loop presets in seven banks with 10 presets each. This gives you unmatched control and the ability to quickly change tones at will.
As far as MIDI, each of the Crocodile Tail Loop’s switches lets you send out MIDI control change (CC) messages.
With this feature, you can set up your programs to switch tone presets as well as toggle loops if you’re playing through MIDI-equipped multi-effects. You can also control the Crocodile Tail Loop via an external MIDI controller.
Another fantastic feature of this switcher is the handy Link function for syncing and copying settings. To use this, connect two Crocodile Tail Loops together via a single Cat 5e Ethernet cable. It features two Link modes, Sync and Download.
Sync mode follows the settings of the master unit only, so if you trigger preset 3 on the master unit, the connected unit will also switch to the third preset.
In Download mode, the master Crocodile Tail Loop actually sends its complete settings to the connected unit, ideal for configuring parallel rigs.
Additionally, it features a tuner and noise suppressor, saving you from having to buy these as separate pedals and saving you precious space on your pedalboard.
Multi-effects pedal and loop switcher for electric guitar and bass
112 built-in effects with delays, reverbs, pitch shifter, chorus, flanger, phaser, and more
3 external loops for effects pedals
6 internal effects slots can be placed anywhere in the chain along with the pedal loops
Built-in tuner, noise suppressor, and global EQ
The BOSS MS-3features 112 built-in effects plus a tuner, noise suppressor, and global EQ. To manage your pedals, this unit comes with three switchable loops.
You also have the ability to switch between your custom patches on the fly, which enables you to use your existing effects pedals in new creative ways. All of this allows you to seamlessly integrate your pedals and create custom patch configurations that can be recalled instantly.
The global EQ gives you even more control over the sound of your rig. It’s helpful for getting consistent sound in different venues, letting you compensate for the sound of any room without having to adjust your preferred guitar, pedal, or amp settings.
On top of that, you can also use the MS-3 to change amp channels and interface with MIDI gear. This unit also features USB connectivity for patch creation and backup with the free MS-3 editor/librarian software (Mac/PC).
Flexi-Switch switching for latching or momentary operation
Expression pedal input allows you to control volume without using a tone-sucking volume pedal
One loop is unbuffered for best operation with certain fuzz pedals
Other loop is buffered for maximum signal integrity
The Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconcilerfeatures two true bypasses, Flexi-Switch enabled effects loops, AB-Y functionality (with transformer-isolated outputs), a buffered tuner output, 20dB clean boost switch, and an expression pedal jack for volume control.
The Swiss Things gives you the option to switch each loop independently, or even hold a loop switch for temporary operation.
This pedal switcher features an A/B switch that is great for dual amp setups as you can easily toggle between amps. You can also hit the Both switch to engage both outputs if desired. To ensure optimal signal integrity, the outputs are transformer isolated.
These include 6 mono loops, 2 stereo loop returns, and 1 volume loop. Its onboard memory lets you store up to 800 patches, along with external control parameters such as delay time for each patch.
For those that truly care about tone, you’d be happy to know that the ES-8 employs an analog circuit to keep your tone pristine and unadulterated. It also offers flexibility on its I/O with In, Out/Thru and the following output options: 3 x 1/4″ TRS (external control), 1 x 1/4″ TRS (expression), 2 x 1/4″ TRS (control/expression).
Additional features include switchable buffers, LCD and 7-segment LED displays, and completely customizable pedal function assignments.
This fantastic pedal switcher works with a 9.6 V DC power supply. Simply said, the BOSS ES-8 offers you comprehensive options to truly take control of your pedalboard.
Electro-Harmonix is one of the premier guitar pedal companies today. In true EHX form, the Switchblade Pro is built stylishly, feels solid, and is well designed.
This pedal switcher can also switch amps, giving you even more functionality from this compact unit.
A/B/Y signal switching pedal
A useful tool for the stage or studio
Great for switching between or blending together two amps or pedals chains
LED indicator lets you know which signal is engaged
100% passive audio path
The Electro-Harmonix SwitchBlade Pro is an A/B/Y box that is great for toggling or combining two discrete pedal chains. Additionally, this pedal is capable of switching amps in a multi-amp rig, and can also be used as a dedicated signal mute.
The Switchblade Pro features 1 x 1/4″ (instrument), 2 x 1/4″ (return A/B) inputs and 1 x 1/4″ (out), 2 x 1/4″ (send A/B) outputs, as well as true bypass.
This pedal is very easy to use. For instance, you’ll quickly know which signal is engaged thanks to the Switchblade Pro’s LED indicator. With dimensions of 2.5″ x 5.74″ x 4.76″, it is compact enough to fit even the most cramped pedalboards.
It is powered by an included 9V DC power supply. Overall, the Switchblade Pro is a premium offering from one of the best pedal companies in history!