Getting your hands on the best expression pedal isn’t always easy – especially now!
See, with expression pedals being one of the most popular additions to a pedalboard out there, virtually every audio manufacturer under the sun has had a go at making one. Many of which are great, & many of which… leave a lot to be desired. Part of the reason being that not all expression pedals are created equal – SPOILER ALERT: they don’t all have the same purpose.
So while some expression pedals are indeed geared towards guitarists, other are more suited to keen pianists, those at the helm of a midi controller or even someone who occasionally plays the organ. All of which can make narrowing down the best expression pedal for you, not only a bit of a headache, but also quite treacherous.
Especially when you consider the impact this pedal has on your setup; expression pedals have a great deal of control over your final sound & are in many ways responsible for dotting the ‘i’s & crossing the ‘t’s. So with that in mind, is an expression pedal really necessary? And which is the best expression pedal you can currently buy? We reveal all that… & more.
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The best expression pedals @ a glance…
10+ of the best expression pedals for sale today…
Consider that the expression pedal is basically the governor of your entire setup – i.e. controls your final sound, including all your effects – & to pick one out of thin air would be more than a ‘bit’ foolish. Do so & it’d be like a CEO choosing a new manager not based on performance, but instead an extravagant game of ‘ip dip doo’.
So to help you hunt down the best expression pedal for your setup, we’ve reviewed over 10 that we think have the credentials to be not just a good addition, but ‘the’ addition that elevates your sound. Keep reading for our full rundown…
1: BOSS EV-5 expression pedal
2: HeadRush expression pedal
3: AKAI Professional expression pedal
4: Mooer Expline (guitar expression pedal)
5: Zoom FP-02M
6: Sonicake Vexpress (passive expression pedal)
7: Moog EP-3 pedal
Want to see how this works with a synth? Check out this demo (provided by Moog themselves)…
8: Line 6 EX-1
9: M-Audio EX-P (universal expression pedal)
10: Fender EXP-1
11: Boss FV-500H (high impedance)
Here’s the best expression pedal for Boss Katana
NOTE: Pretty much every expression under the sun will work with the Boss Katana amp – even the entry level Katana 50. However, that’s not to say all pedals give you the same perks. In fact, you’d be silly to just pick one at random; your choice here can still impact your playing experience.
Exactly why when we came across the following pedal, we just had to single it out as the best expression pedal for the Boss Katana…
12: Jim Dunlop DVP5
The best expression pedal for HX Stomp/ Effects + Quad Cortex is…
Tricky one this.
See unlike the Boss Katana (above), the HX Stomp/ HX Effects aren’t what you’d call ‘plug-in-&-play’ when it comes to pedals. You have to be far more particular about what pedals you use; very few expression pedals cut the mustard. And it’s much the same story when searching for the best expression pedal for Quad Cortex too!
But with that being said, we think we’ve found the perfect go-between. A pedal that works with both!! And nope, before you ask – it’s not made by Line 6. Quite funny considering that they’re the brains behind HX Effects, so you’d imagine they’d make their own pedal… but anyway.
Ask us & if you’re searching for the best expression pedal for HX Effects, HX Stomp or Quad Cortex then you can’t go far wrong with this pick from Mission Engineering…
13: Mission Engineering SP-1 expression pedal for Helix/ Quad Cortex
Enjoy this review of the best expression pedals & keen for more? Don’t miss out on all our Guitar Effects Pedal Reviews, as well as our latest on Music Production. Recently, we also did a rundown of the Best Multi Effects Pedals + another on the Top Reverb Pedals, which may also be worth a read.
Or, if you’re here purely to learn more about the best expression pedals, keep reading & we’ll answer even more of your burning questions…