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  • Guitar Pedal Brands UK: The Map

    by Jim Button August 27, 2021 4 min read

    Guitar Pedal Brands UK Map | Boost Guitar Pedals

    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, this is a completely un-biased list.

    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 Pedals: Made In Britain

    Here's a small selection of UK-made guitar pedals worth checking out...

    The Fredric Effects Verzerrer may be made in London, but it's based on the only cold war-era East German distortion pedal, originally produced in the 1960s and '70s. It veers from distortion into spitty fuzz and full on velcro mode and sounds remarkably unique.

    "It’s just pure nastiness. This pedal nails the splutter-fuzz effect as well as any we’ve tried" - Guitarist Magazine December 2019

    Made in Scotland, Stompnorth's flagship Clipshear Getter Drive combines valve and MOSFET circuits with optional silicon and germanium clipping diodes to achieve a multitude of low to mid-gain tones. Stompnorth founder Duncan MacKinnon designed the Clipshear Getter Drive to be an integral part of your rig, an "always on" pedal that enhances your core tone. It provides up to 17dB of clean boost that can easily push the input of your valve amp.

    From Southend-on-Sea, the Raygun FX Dual Soda Drive+ is a super-flexible drive pedal which ranges from boost to dense distortion. It combines two Soda Drive+ circuits in a single pedal, with the option to run each channel independently or stack them for more tonal variation. Both channels have a 3-way toggle switch, allowing you to select from Dirty, Boost (less gain, more volume) or Fuzz (a germanium diode) modes.

    Bleak District Electric is based in Derbyshire. Phil has cleverly designed the Antistatic as a combined CMOS fuzz and micro-looper. It's a phenomenal little package that's great for experimental synth layers or expansive soundscapes: pair it with a good delay and/or reverb and you're good to go!

    Located just up the road from Boost Guitar Pedals HQ, the Tate FX Raise The Dead is a single-knob design based on a 1960s Colorsound fuzz. Founder Stuart is a stickler for attention to detail, and he has gone all out with the components for this pedal. After feedback from early versions, he has also included a small input transformer to simulate the inductance and resistance from a guitar pickup to allow it to work perfectly anywhere in a signal chain - particularly after buffered pedals.

    Guitar Pedal Brands UK: The Map

    Guitar Pedal Brands UK: The List

    4114 Custom Effects

    Audio Kitchen

    Bad Penny FX

    BG Harding

    Bigfoot Engineering

    Bleak District Electric

    Bluewhale Pedals

    Boo Instruments

    British Pedal Company

    Butterfly Effect Pedals

    Buzz Electronics

    Castledine Electronics

    Cog Effects


    Cooltone Pedals

    Cornell Amps



    Design Retro Works

    Dickinson Amplification


    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


    Life Is Unfair Audio

    Lottie Canto

    Made By Mike

    Magnetic Effects



    NE Electronix

    Nine of Swords Effects

    North Effects

    NRG Effectts

    Origin Effects

    Owen Electronics

    Pete Cornish


    Pigdog Pedals

    Pigeon FX

    Rainger FX

    Raygun FX

    Reactor Pedals

    Redbeard Effects

    Reeves Electro

    Ritual Devices

    Roger Mayer

    Rothwell Audio


    Sleeping Dog FX

    Snake Oil Fine Instruments

    Sola Sound

    SoundLad Liverpool

    Stompkins Pedals


    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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