Brands like T-Rex Engineering offer their own twist on phase shifters like the Tonebug Phaser Pedal which gives you the option of using a switch to go between either vintage or modern effects. This little innovation streamlined the process for guitar players. Instead of having to tweak the depth and resonance yourself, T.Rex designed it so you just have to flip a switch to go between effects styles. They also offer an array of other tweaks on classics with their Mudhoney Distortion Pedal, Compnova Compression Pedal, RoomMate Tube Reverb and many more. The pedals are all ones you recognize but are made more impressive due to an interest in making them as sound unique as possible.
Some brands, like Mad Professor, create pedals to imitate very specific time periods. For instance the 1 Guitar Effects Pedal gives you the ability to turn up the ‘Brown’, a guitar tone popular in the late 70s, while their Hand Wired Mighty Red touts being able to give you 80s style overdrive. While you could play with ordinary effects pedals and eventually get the same result, these enthusiasts do the work for you and make it easier than ever to get the specific tone you want.
There are so many innovators and experimenters looking to create new and modified effects pedals. Whatever specific or non-specific sound you are looking for, there will be a boutique pedal to match it. These people know and love effects so you can be sure you’re getting a unique and quality product.