The Best-Selling Pedals of 2016

Here we are again, entering the final month of the year. It's time to kick off the 2016 round-ups and retrospectives. We'll have a few different posts coming your way over next few weeks, but we're starting with a topic at the very heart of the Reverb community: guitar pedal sales.

Pedals and effects represent a fascinating sub-section of the broader gear market. Pedalheads are constantly buying and selling pedals to fuel their habit. Like sneakers and video games, every year brings a fresh crop of products that players yearn to get their hands on.

These factors combine to make the pedal market especially dynamic and fluid. In an attempt to shine some light on what was hot this year, we've wrangled together three lists of top-sellers represented in the three columns below.

The first column shows the best selling new pedals that were released in 2016.

The second column showcases the overall top selling pedals, regardless of when they were introduced.

And the third column shows the pedals and effects that generated the most gross sales by dollar amount. This, naturally, favors more expensive products, like the top-ranking Fractal Audio Axe FX.

These factors combine to make the pedal market especially dynamic and fluid. In an attempt to shine some light on what was hot this year, we've wrangled together three lists of top-sellers represented in the three sections below.

The first section shows the best selling new pedals that were released in 2016.

The second section showcases the overall top selling pedals, regardless of when they were introduced.

And the third section shows the pedals and effects that generated the most gross sales by dollar amount. This, naturally, favors more expensive products, like the top-ranking Fractal Audio Axe FX.

Let us know what rankings or absences surprised you in the comments.

New for 2016

#1 EQD Avalanche Run

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#2 Electro-Harmonix Mel9 Tape Replay Machine Shop Now
#3 Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall Analog Delay Shop Now
#4 Source Audio Nemesis Delay Shop Now
#5 Friedman BE-OD Overdrive Shop Now
#6 TC Electronic Ditto X4 Looper Shop Now
#7 Walrus Audio Julia Chorus/Vibrato Shop Now
#8 Neunaber Audio Effects Immerse Reverb Shop Now
#9 MXR M300 Reverb Shop Now
#10 TC Electronic Sub N' Up Octaver Shop Now
#11 Keeley Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe Shop Now
#12 DigiTech TRIO Plus Band Creator + Looper Shop Now
#13 Dunlop DVP4 Volume X Mini Shop Now
#14 Empress Reverb Shop Now
#15 Way Huge Overrated Special Shop Now

Overall Best Sellers

#1 TC Electronic Ditto Looper

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#2 MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Shop Now
#3 TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Shop Now
#4 TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini Shop Now
#5 Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Shop Now
#6 Paul Cochrane Timmy Shop Now
#7 Xotic SP Compressor Shop Now
#8 EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run Shop Now
#9 Fulltone OCD Shop Now
#10 Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr Mono Volume Pedal Shop Now
#11TC Electronic Ditto X2 Shop Now
#12 Xotic EP Booster Shop Now
#13 Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Shop Now
#14 Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Shop Now
#15 Boss DS-1 Distortion Shop Now

Highest Grossing by $

#1 Fractal Audio Axe FX II

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#2 EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Shop Now
#3 Strymon TimeLine Delay Shop Now
#4 Line 6 Helix Guitar Processor Shop Now
#5 Fractal Audio AX8 Shop Now
#6 Strymon Big Sky Reverb Shop Now
#7 Strymon Blue Sky Reverb Shop Now
#8 Analogman King of Tone V4 Shop Now
#9 Strymon El Capistan Shop Now
#10 Eventide H9 Max Multi-Effect Pedal Shop Now
#11 Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Shop Now
#12 Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall Analog Delay Shop Now
#13 MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Shop Now
#14 TC Electronic Ditto Looper Shop Now
#15 TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Shop Now

It's worth noting that these figures and rankings only reflect sales on Reverb. While we think this is an accurate sample of the broader market, our particular user base may differ from the larger industry. Also keep in mind that since buyers on Reverb often resell pedals after trying them out, some of the sales that generate the rankings above may be for the same physical item being bought and sold multiple times.

Take Aways

  • The Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run is the only pedal to rank on all three lists. This is due to a three-month window during which this pedal was sold solely on Reverb, inflating our totals relative to other outlets.

  • TC Electronic pedals continue to sell strongly across the board. They have also clearly taken the mantle from brands like Boss as the default choice for beginners and musicians looking for affordable options that can do it all.

  • The Boss DD-20 Giga Delay — which ranked at number 10 on last year's list — no longer places. This pedal was discontinued this year by Boss in favor of the DD-500, although used sales and prices remain relatively strong.

  • The stalwart Line 6 DL4 Delay fell out of the top 10 overall sellers list this year. This could be the result of increased competition from new delays, like the Source Audio Nemesis or Chase Bliss Tonal Recall.

  • Some classic pedals that you would expect to see on the overall list do not rank due to the existence of multiple variations of a single model on the market. The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff is a good example of this phenomenon. Currently, EHX produces fifteen different Muff variations, not to mention the many vintage pedals that sell on Reverb. Cumulatively, this would put the Big Muff high on the list, but this proliferation within the Muff genus keeps any single pedal from ranking too highly.

Top Pedal Brands of 2016

Breakdown of brands by total number of orders

Best Sellers by # of Orders

#1 Boss
#2 Electro-Harmonix
#3 TC Electronic
#4 MXR
#5 EarthQuaker Devices
#6 DigiTech
#7 JHS
#8 Ibanez
#9 Line 6
#10 Keeley
#11 Fulltone
#12 Strymon
#13 Dunlop
#14 Xotic
#15 Walrus Audio
#16 Wampler
#17 Mooer
#18 Catalinbread
#19 Voodoo Lab
#20 Pedaltrain

Takeaways:

  • While TC Electronic's top pedals scored exceptionally well individually, Boss continues to reign supreme as the overall best-selling pedal brand. This is due to the massive range of pedals they produce, as well as a nearly 40 year legacy of used product still on the market.

  • EarthQuaker Devices ranks as the top boutique pedal maker on the site, with sales fueled by the popular Avalance Run.

  • Though Analogman does not rank on the overall sales volume list, it's position on the total dollars spent column this year was cemented by the popularity of the relatively expensive King of Tone Overdrive.

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