Inexpensive Pedal Clones - A List January 05 2015

There are a lot of great pedals out there manufactured by some of the well known manufacturers. Some of them can be relatively expensive which means there's a big market for guitar pedal clones. 

This can be done legally because very few circuits are actually patented, and only brand names / designs can be copyrighted.

Below we've put together a list of popular pedals and their corresponding inexpensive clones, some of which we sell. These are all real clones, not pedals which pretend to be original and cost twice as much as the pedal they're cloning. So the ones we list here are clones, and don't try to hide that fact (and in some cases even make it obvious with a nod to the original in the name).

This is a work in progress. It's certainly not complete and there's a fair bit of guess work in there. Please get in touch if you know of inexpensive clones which aren't on the list!

It should be noted that some pedals are heavily infulenced  by the original, as opposed to being a 100% clone. So for a few of the below pedals, the manufacturer has put their own twist or improvement on it.

Sources for the info is our own knowledge, contributions from readers of this article (thanks!), and straight up awkwardly asking the manufacturer who they're cloning.

Full disclosure - we are an e-commerce site and sell some of these pedals to customers in the UK / Europe. Clicking on the links should bring you to the product page.

Ibanez Tube Screamer

EHX Big Muff

EHX Metal Muff

    EHX Electric Mistress

    EHX Triangle Muff

    EHX Rams Head

    • Moen Fuzz Moo

    Fulltone OCD

    Fulltone Ultimate Octave

    Pro Co RAT

    MI Audio Crunch Box

    MXR Dyna Comp

    MXR Phase 90

    Boss BF-2 Flanger

    • ENO BF-2 Flanger
    • Behringer Ultra Flanger UF100
    • Digitech Turbo Flanger
    • Daphon E20FL

    Boss BD2 Blues Driver

    • Digitech Screaming Blues
    • Behringer Blues Overdrive
    • Biyang BL-8 Blue
    • Mooer Blues Mood

    Boss CE2 Chorus

    Boss DS1 Distortion

    • ENO Trinity
    • Mooer Ultra Drive
    • Danelectro FAB 1 Distortion
    • Digitech Hot Head
    • Daphon E20DS

    Boss OC3 Octave

    Boss DD2 Delay

     

    Boss DM3 Analogue Delay

    Boss EQ7

    • Biyang EQ7
    • Behringer EQ700
    • Danelectro Fish 'n' Chips
    • Daphon E20GE

    Boss DM2 Delay

    Mad Professor Deep Blue

    Mad Professor Sweet Honey

    Xotic BB Preamp

    Xotic RC Booster

    Tech21 Blonde

    Tech21 British

    Tech21 Liverpool

    Tech21 California

    Dunlop Uni-Vibe

    • Moen Shaky Jimi

      Suhr Riot

        Demeter Tremulator

        Carl Martin Plexitone

        Marshall Guv'nor

        • Danelectro Daddy-O Overdrive 

        Klon Centaur

        • EHX Soul Food
        • Movall Minotaur

        DOD Overdrive Preamp 250

        Fulltone Fulldrive 2 

        Wampler Plexidrive

        If there's any of the above Biyang, Caline, Movall, Joyo or ENO pedals you're interested in, but we don't have them in stock, send us a message and we'll try and get hold of one for you.

        Behringer pedals we don't stock because they're a little bit too cheap as shown by the plastic enclosures. Some of the other brands we hope to stock in the future.

        We've also excluded pedals which we believe to be rebrands such as Harley Benton (Joyo) and Donner (similar to ENO). There actually seems to be a range of pedals from ENO, Donner, Rowin Xvive and Mooer which are based off very similar circuits. I'm not sure if they're identical or not.

        Movall have unique designs but theres a brand out there called Tone City which seem to be rebranded Movall pedals (UPDATE I think the Movall factory may have shut down).

        It's unfair to say that the brands mentioned above only do clones. Biyang in particular put a lot of thought into their pedals and have several unique designs which can't really be called clones at all. Also, if you use a wider definition of the word "clone" then you can accuse virtually any pedal manufacturer of copying existing designs. Even the newest and most innovative designs are going to have a lot in common with the designs which have come before it.

        I think we're missing some Mooer clones but we found a comprehensive list here.