7 Rare Guitar Pedals We Love

Almost all of us who got into electric guitars eventually fell into the trap and became complete pedal addicts. This hobby might take away too much time, but it's always great to look through all the different effects and come up with your perfect pedalboard setup. However, there are some pedals that sound so great and that we would all love to have but are extremely rare to find. So we figured we could do some lurking and come up with the list of our favorite rare pedals.

1. Ibanez DFL Flanger

This one comes from the 1980s and is pretty rare to stumble upon. Despite Ibanez making new flanger effects, some vintage tone lovers still stand by their Ibanez DFL. One of its most famous users is Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello who still, to this day, has one of these in his signal chain. It was fairly versatile for the era, and those who use it today will tell you that there's no other flanger that sounds just like this one.

2. FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone

This list just wouldn't make any sense if we didn't mention the pedal that pretty much started it all. Made by Maestro, which was a Gibson subsidiary, the initial sales in the early 1960s weren't going so well. However, after Keith Richards implemented it in The Rolling Stones legendary 1965 hit "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," this became one of the most wanted guitar devices of the era.

Although it's technically a distortion, this pedal was originally marketed as sort of a proto-multi-effects unit for bass guitars. Over the years, it became one of the most desired pedals among vintage lovers. Some of the guitar legends, like ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, still use the original old FZ-1 from the 1960s.

3. Boss VB-2 Vibrato

Boss is a company that pretty much changed the game when it comes to compact guitar pedals. Although they have some extremely popular effects, there are some of their great products that got discontinued and somehow forgotten along the way. One of those is VB-2 Vibrato. The pedal was reissued as part of the company's Waza Craft line, but the true vintage pedal lovers still prefer the old version.

The original pedals, made in the 1980s are so rare that they could reach over $400 or $500 on the market. Taking a listen to their tone, you'll get the idea why they're so highly valued.

4. Tycobrahe Parapedal Wah

It's almost impossible to stumble upon one of these. The Tycobrahe Parapedal Wah was made sometimes in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. It features a very unusual type of circuitry and this particular model has some clones. But the original one, if in good condition, can be found for about $1,000 these days.

The most famous user of this pedal is Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi. He used the pedal from the band's earliest albums up until their farewell tour, which sums up to almost 50 years. And it's such a unique sounding wah, which you can hear in some of Sabbath's songs.

5. AnalogMan King of Tone

Now going to the present day, King of Tone is one of the most desired overdrive pedals that you can find. It's still in production, but the thing here is that the company that makes them, AnalogMan, takes time with their orders and you need to wait for a very long period for it to be delivered.

And since it's one hell of an overdrive pedal with many great features, the prices of used models have skyrocketed. Some have even sold it for double the original price, even more. It may not be as rare as some other vintage stuff we mentioned here, but it's pretty hard to get your hands on one of these.

6. Ludwig Phase II Synthesizer

Now, here's a really odd one. The first unusual thing here is the fact that Ludwig, famous drum manufacturer, also made guitar effects. The second weird thing about it is that it looks more like a small fridge rather than a guitar effect pedal.

The Phase II Synthesizer is one of the most diverse effects pedals that came out of the 1970s. Although not exactly the synthesizer like some of the digital stuff you'd find today, this is an extremely versatile and really fun effect to use. However, if you do stumble upon one of these, the price can get well over $2,000.

7. Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face

And, of course, there's the legendary Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. Although Dunlop produces this same model as a mini version these days, the original ones from the 1960s are different. Compared to the silicon-based transistors you find in distortion pedals these days, the earliest versions of Fuzz Face had germanium ones. This gave them a bit of a warmer tone, although the transistor would heat up during one session, which would also affect the tone. These old versions are quite rare to find. But this is the exact kind of pedal that Jimi Hendrix used to have back in the day, so it's definitely worth it.

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