It's well-established that AmazonBasics is a place where you can find everything from charging cables to dog food bowls at startlingly low prices. Now though, the retail giant has – remarkably – dipped its toes into... guitar effects.
First made available this month, AmazonBasics' range of in-house effects units includes Boost, Compressor, Delay, Distortion, Looper, Overdrive and Tuner mini-pedals.
As one would expect by the names of both the pedals and their manufacturer, these units are fairly spartan – outfitted with metal enclosures, true-bypass switching and no more than three controls.
To address the elephant in the room, given their similarity in design and look to any number of other mini-pedals, (many of which have been sold from Amazon itself) it's safe to assume their circuits are clones.
We will, however, give Amazon originality points for the signal chain demonstrated in the company's accompanying stock photography. Perhaps a read of our guide to pedal order might be of assistance?
The AmazonBasics Boost, Compressor, Distortion, Overdrive and Tuner mini-pedals are available now for $26.75, while the Delay and Looper pedals ring up at $48.16 and $46.02 respectively. They each feature 9V DC power-supply operation.
For more info on the pedals, head on over to amazon.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.