by Jim Button August 27, 2021 2 min read

If you're looking for a list of boutique guitar pedal brands in the UK, you've come to the right place! Although Boost Guitar Pedals is a retailer of some of these UK pedal builders - including Fredric Effects, Raygun FX, Stompnorth and Zander Circuitry - this is a completely un-biased list.

But I've made a concerted effort to list as many UK pedal builders as I can to make this a truly useful resource for everyone. Have I missed any? Probably! Let me know...

Guitar Pedals UK: A Golden Age

From super-high end build quality to forward-looking circuit topologies and eye-popping artwork, we’ve never had it so good. The British boutique pedal scene is currently enjoying a golden age, with seemingly endless releases of exciting and sought after pedals from established as well as new guitar pedal companies.

What Are The Origins Of Boutique Guitar Pedals In The UK?

The UK has been at the forefront of guitar effects pedal design since the 1960s, when pioneers including Roger Mayer created some of the first guitar pedals. Many of the earliest pedals were fuzz pedals, a primitive form of distortion. It was not long until fuzz was all over the airwaves, changing the course of musical history forever.

Mayer made his name as Jimi Hendrix's effects wizard, modding existing pedals and creating new designs such as the Octavia which went on to define Jimi's legendary sound.

Of course, the UK's influence didn't finish at the end of the 1960s, and other builders have built rock-solid reputations, perhaps none more so than Pete Cornish, who took on Mayer's mantle as pedal guru to the stars in the 1970s. 

Fast-forward several decades and many boutique pedal builders today are still captivated by heritage circuits from the early days of the effects pedal, sourcing rare NOS components to replicate the originals as closely as possible. Others, meanwhile, prefer to focus on modern designs and new sounds.

Below you'll find a map of guitar pedal brands in the UK. The plan is to make it as comprehensive as possible, so I'll update it as often as I can.

Whether you're into vintage-correct Tone Benders or multi-clipping modern distortion, it's fair to say that the burgeoning guitar effects pedal scene in the UK has you covered!



Guitar Pedal Brands UK: The Map


Guitar Pedal Brands UK: The List

4114 Custom Effects
Audio Kitchen
Bad Penny FX
BG Harding
Bigfoot Engineering
Bluewhale Pedals
Boo Instruments
British Pedal Company
Butterfly Effect Pedals
Butterfly Effects Pedals
Buzz Electronics
Castledine Electronics
Cog Effects
Colorsound
Cooltone Pedals
Cornell Amps
D*A*M
Demiurge
Design Retro Works
Dickinson Amplification
Effectrode
Emmergy FX
Expresso FX
Flattley Guitar Pedals
Forest Effects
Fredric Effects
Ghost Effects
Gojira FX
Green Carrot Pedal Company
Hamstead Soundworks
Heaby Pedals
Holy Island Audio
Homegrown Devices
Horrothia FX
Hubcap John
Hudson Electronics
JFET Life
JSA Effects
Krachwerke
Life Is Unfair Audio
Lottie Canto
Made By Mike
Magnetic Effects
MWFX
NE Electronix
Nine of Swords Effects
North Effects
NRG Effectts
Origin Effects
Owen Electronics
Pete Cornish
Pickletech
Pigdog Pedals
Pigeon FX
Rainger FX
Raygun FX
Reactor Pedals
Redbeard Effects
Reeves Electro
Ritual Devices
Roger Mayer
Rothwell Audio
Sine-Effect
Sleeping Dog FX
Snake Oil Fine Instruments
Sola Sound
SoundLad Liverpool
Stompkins Pedals
Stompnorth
Stone Deaf FX
Tate FX
Thorpy FX
Time Travel Audio
Vein Tap
Wee Lush FX
Williams Audio
Wraa Labs
Zander Circuitry

If you're a guitar pedal builder, or you know a guitar pedal brand in the UK that isn't on the list already, get in touch and I'll add them on!



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