Top 5 Guitar Pedals With Tubes In Them – 2017 Top Picks and Reviews

If you are looking to buy a guitar pedal with tubes in them, then you are in the right place.

Last year alone I spent a lot of money trying to pick out guitar pedals that actually have tubes in them.

All the ones I got were absolute crap with nothing to show for them.

At that point, I decided there was not enough information out there on on guitar pedals, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and write this review.

In this article we will be looking at the top 5 guitar pedals with tubes in them, things to consider before you ever buy any guitar pedal and how to make sure you get the absolute best out of your latest purchase.

Why tube powered pedals?

For a long time, there’s been a lot of debate going on about the quality and usefulness of tube distortion pedals

As guitar players we have been conditioned to think that anything with tubes sounds really good.

But in the long run, you find out that’s not really the case

Most times the nice sounding tones that we associate with a good tube amp is actually from the amplifier’s power tubes than its preamp tubes

However there are some advantages to using tube distortion pedals. Here are some of them

  • They give you a unique gritty sound that makes your sound awesome

  • They have a lot of voltage running through them making them ideal for use in large gatherings

  • They help increase the volume and dirt of your sound significantly

  • They give you a lot of versatility in that they usually come with 3 additional channels

Things to look out for before you buy

1. Does it have tubes in them?

This is fairly obvious right? You definitely want to purchase a guitar pedal with tubes in them so there should be tubes in it.

But this is not always the case as most pedals do not have any tubes in them but are represented as such.

This is all marketing gimmick to get unsuspecting customers to shell out their hard earned money without deriving any benefits.

So you want to make sure that you check and double check before you buy any pedal

2. Does it have overdrive function?

Also you want to make sure that the pedal you get has some form of overdrive in it.

This will give your sounds that hard edged gritty sound that makes you unique

3. Is it durable and made of high quality materials?

Also you want to get something that lasts for a long time.

There is no need getting something that is of low quality and needs to be replaced almost immediately.

So do your due diligence and check to see the materials used in making the pedal. Also check the outer casing to ensure that it is made from durable material that does not break and damage easily.

Our Top 5 Guitar Pedals With Tubes in Them

1. Blackstar HTOD1 Pure Valve Overdrive

This is a genuine and unique sounding pedal with awesome tube design.

It operates at over 300 volts which gives you that true hot tube dynamics and feel

It has a unique ECC83 tube offers which adds two tube gain stages to your rig

It has a class A tone control feature which has unique buttons such as Gain, Tone and level controls.

It has an emulated speaker output which gives it a new design for direct recording

It comes with a high integrity bypass which helps in silent switching and driving long cable runs.

Pros

  • It has a unique sounding tone
  • It is well built and very durable
  • It has clean and nice controls for tweaking


Cons

  • It is very big and might take up a lot of space

This is a guitar pedal with selectable overdrive and distortion circuits which provide a wide range of tube sounds.

This includes sounds from traditional overdrive to high gain distortion

It has a post distortion tube configuration which helps in providing a more realistic tube tone

It has 3 independent tone circuits which helps to diminish cross talk and frequency overlap. This gives you a high degree of tonal options when playing

It has a foot switchable boost circuitry with a variable boost of between 3 - 9db

It comes with a power adaptor

This is one guitar pedal that offers a wide range of versatility in one package

It has an overdrive circuit feature which reduces clipping when used.

Pros

  • It is a tube pedal with awesome sound
  • It has clean and easy to use controls
  • It has a foot switchable circuitry for awesome tweaking
  • Cons

    • Some of the buttons might be a bit confusing to learn

    This is a guitar pedal that has authentic British overdrive tones

    It has a set of clean and unique buttons that control the volume, gain, tight, bass and presence.

    It has true bypass switching which helps in avoiding any issues while using it in your rig

    It can be quickly powered using a 9-18VDC adaptor.

    This is one pedal that captures that unique sound of the legendary Friedman that has been used by countless top guitarists over the years.

    It is well built and designed to withstand use and breakage

    Pros

  • It has a nice fat tone
  • It is well built and does not break easily
  • This is an excellent high gain distortion pedal
  • Cons

    • You will need to dial down the internal drive inside the unit to about 9 o’clock to get that sweet spot

    This is a limited quantity original design guitar pedal from BK Butler.

    Each is well designed and hand picked by BK Butler himself ensuring that you get the highest quality product.

    It has clean knobs which controls the Tube Drive, Hi and Lo Eqs.

    It is very compatible with a lot of guitars and amplifiers

    Pros

  • This is a quality pedal that you can absolutely trust
  • It has a great build quality
  • It has an awesome sound
  • Cons

    • Some people may find the grit too much for them

    This is a classic guitar pedal with Tone, Drive and Level controls

    This controls gives you access to warm, amp like overdrive that is ready to rip and very sensitive

    It is well built and does not break easily making it something to use for a long time

    It has a cranking overdrive sound that makes it an all time classic guitar pedal with endorsements from famous guitar players.

    Pros

  • It has great overdrive sounds
  • It is well built and very durable
  • It has multiple tonal options giving you a lot of versatility
  • Cons

    • It is a bit small and not the normal size people are used to

    How To Use an Overdrive Pedal

    Here is a Youtube Video showing you detailed steps on how you can setup and use your overdrive pedal

    Uche Ibe
     

    Uche is a passionate Singer who loves to teach people about music and help them get better. When I am not updating this blog with helpful content, you can catch me at the nearest lawn tennis court.

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