We show you how to put together the perfect worship pedalboard with our guide to the best worship guitar pedals.
If you're a worship guitarist or perform as part of a church or praise band, then you need the best worship guitar pedals to do the job.
Before we start, we should say there's no pedal (as far as we know!) specifically designed for worship musicians, just like there's no pedal out there that will make you instantly sound better - it's what you do with it that counts.
With that said, there are a few guitar pedals out there better suited to the worship sound. So, in this list, we've rounded up what WE think are the best guitar pedals for worship based on talking to church and praise musicians. This includes the best delays, overdrive pedals and even the best distortion pedals that you should consider adding to your worship pedalboard.
We've already discussed the best guitars for worship and the best amps for worship - this time it's all about worship guitar effects.
What's The Best Basic Worship Pedalboard?
Again there's no solid rule when it comes to a pedalboard for worship guitar, but there's definitely a sound you'll want to achieve. You need clean tones from your amp, a little drive when you need it, modulation such as chorus and phase, a volume pedal for atmosphere and swells and the all-important delay.
You also need an actual pedalboard, so we'll put some recommendations in too.
Here's what we think makes up the best basic worship pedalboard:
- Tuner pedal (obviously! We recommend the Boss TU-3)
- RV-6 Reverb
- Strymon Timeline delay
- Fender Santa Ana overdrive
- Spinning Room Modulation
- Boss FV-30L Foot Volume Pedal
- Pedalboard - TOURTECH Pedal Board with Soft Case, Large
Best Worship Guitar Pedals
In this section, we'll talk more in-depth about the different pedals we think are ideal for that worship sound and worship guitarists.
Here they are in summary but scroll down for more info and some of the key features.
Best Delay Pedals For Worship
- Electro Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
- Boss DD-200 Digital Delay Pedal
- Strymon Timeline Delay Pedal
- MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Pedal
Best Reverb Pedals For Worship
- Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal
- Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal
- Strymon Big Sky Multidimensional Reverb Pedal
- Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo Reverb Pedal
Best Drive Pedals For Worship
- Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal
- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pedal
- Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal
Best Modulation Pedals For Worship
- MXR M101 Phase 90
- Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal
- Landlord FX Spinning Room Modulation Pedal
Best Volume Pedals For Worship
- Boss FV-30L Foot Volume Pedal
- Dunlop DVP4 Volume X Mini Pedal
- VOX V860 Hand Wired Volume Pedal
- DOD Mini Volume Pedal
Let's break down the features of each pedal:
1. Electro Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
The Electro Harmonix Memory Boy Delay is a classic delay pedal used by professional artists all over the world. Perhaps most notably, The Edge from U2. Technically The Edge uses it's now out-of-print original version, but this new smaller version effectively captures the classic washed out delay sounds that helped put his band on the musical map and places it in a smaller chassis.
We think this is one of the best delay pedals for worship as it provides everything you need from subtle background delay, to complete oscillation and adds a vibrato and chorus modulation function, for when you need it. It's an incredible analog delay pedal that offers a wide range of control over your sound.
2. MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Pedal
The MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Pedal is another industry-standard delay pedal. This is super-simple to operate and pedalboard friendly. We think you should add this to your worship pedalboard as it has a completely analogue audio path providing a rich, warm delay that really brings out your lead lines and sonic layers.
There's also a modulation switch which adds a new dynamic to your sound without becoming overbearing. It's easy to use, compact and provides world-class delay.
3. Boss DD-200 Digital Delay Pedal
The Boss DD-200 Digital Delay Pedal is an incredibly powerful multi-delay pedal for worship guitarists who want a range of different sounds. You have Standard, Analog, Tape, Drum, Shimmer, Tera Echo, Pad Echo, Pattern, Lo-Fi, Dual, Ducking, and Reverse delay effects as well as tap tempo, 4+ memory banks and total control over each parameter.
This is probably the most powerful delay pedal under £300, packed full of great features and a great compromise if you can't afford the DD-500 version.
4. Strymon Timeline Delay Pedal
Finally, we have the ultimate option and probably the best delay pedal for worship guitarists on the market today. The Strymon Timeline Delay Pedal is another industry-standard delay pedal featuring 12 different types of delay.
You have 7 front panel controls for complete control over your sound as well as high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters that offer hi-fidelity sound at all times.
You can also save presets and use the onboard footswitches to scroll between them. This means you don't need to bend down and change parameters for each song - an incredible feature pro-level and live guitarists will appreciate. Midi and stereo connections also offer great connectivity for studio and live musicians.
This also appears on Nigel Hendroff of Hillsong's pedalboard, so you know it's good.
Now on to reverb...
5. Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal
The Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal is one of the best reverb pedals for worship guitarists as it includes 8 different types of reliable delay sounds including the beautiful Shimmer mode. The studio-grade algorithms offer a clean, concise reverb that never muddies your sound. Whether you want complete saturation or just want to add a subtle nuance whilst someone is speaking over the music - this can do it all.
Stereo and mono connectivity, reliable BOSS stompbox construction and expression pedal control makes this a great pedal for live musicians who care about their tone and one of the best worship guitar pedals thanks to its functionality.
6. Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal
The Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal is a fun reverb pedal to play with. You actually have 11 types of reverb and the ability to add an extra mode on each. There's a built-in delay function on the Echo setting, too - making it one of the best reverb pedals if you've got a limited setup.
Reverse reverb, Modulation and more - this is a pedalboard-friendly option for players of all levels.
7. Strymon Big Sky Multidimensional Reverb Pedal
Another industry standard comes in the form of the Strymon Big Sky Multidimensional Reverb Pedal. This is a little more complicated but totally worth the extra effort and budget.
You have 12 reverb sounds including Room, Hall, Plate, Spring, Swell, Bloom, Cloud, Chorale, Shimmer, Magneto, Nonlinear and Reflections. In addition, you have total control over your sound thanks to the 7 front-panel control knobs.
Best of all, you have 300 easily accessible presets as well as the ability to create your own and scroll through them via the on-board footswitches.
Quality AD/DA conversion, MIDI I/O and super low latency makes this a great option for discerning studio and live worship guitarists.
8. Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo Reverb Pedal
There's no pun intended here with this one, but the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo Reverb Pedal is one of the greatest worship pedals for reverb. Based on the original Holy Grail reverb, this packs all the best features of the original pedal into a pedalboard-friendly option.
You have Spring, Hall and Plate reverb sounds and a simple, single control knob to adjust the amount of effect on your signal. The original version (now out of print ) also features on Michael Guy Chislett of Hillsong's pedalboard.
Every worship pedalboard needs one of these!
9. Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal
If you need a little extra grit to your sound or just want to boost your signal without driving into distortion, the Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal is ideal.
This is an incredible overdrive pedal that offers everything from smooth creamy overdrive to harder rocking sounds. The dual switch also allows you to add that overdrive or a simple line boost for solos. The overdrive also cleans up nicely when you roll your guitar volume knob down - perfect for live musicians who don't want to rely solely on pedals.
Budget-friendly and designed by Fender - what more could you want?
10. Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pedal
The Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pedal is one of the most popular overdrive pedals ever created. Chances are if you've heard a guitar with a bit of grit - it's this pedal you're hearing.
This is a perfect companion to a tube amp as it pushes your tubes into overdrive, allowing you to get that warm, creamy saturation without colouring your tone negatively.
It's simple to use with knobs for Drive, Tone and Level and built like a tank - this will last decades!
You know it's good because Dylan Thomas from Hillsong United uses one!
11. Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal
The Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal is another industry-standard overdrive pedal that will sit perfectly on any worship pedalboard. This is a fantastic option for players who don't want to colour their tone too much.
This basically takes your existing guitar tone and boosts it with a warm, smooth overdrive providing a natural tube amp growl.
This has less of a signature sound than the Tubescreamer, but offers a heavier tone should you need it.
12. MXR M101 Phase 90
We're in the realms of Phase pedals here and what better pedal to start with than the MXR M101 Phase 90. This classic orange Phaser pedal has appeared on everything from Smashing pumpkins to Van Halen and is an industry-standard phaser.
The simple to use, single knob allows you to sculpt the speed of the effect and add that awesome "swooshing" sound. Add shimmering velocity or a slow burn swoosh and everything in between.
Ideal in conjunction with a delay pedal as it adds a really interesting dynamic to your sound - think Tame Impala's first album.
13. Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal
You might be noticing a trend here with Strymon. Almost every Hillsong pedalboard features a Strymon pedal thanks to the stereo sound, superior quality audio and massive amount of sound.
The Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal is another incredible pedal for worship and easily one of the best modulation pedals around.
You have 12 classic modulation effects including flanger, chorus and pattern tremolo and more. There's also 200 easily accessible and nameable presets which you can save and recall at the press of a switch. You can sculpt your own sounds and enjoy superior quality sound onstage and in the studio due to the ultra-low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters.
If you want complete control over your sound, this is a great option.
14. Landlord FX Spinning Room Modulation Pedal
The Landlord FX Spinning Room Modulation Pedal is a great budget-friendly, and pedalboard-friendly pedal for those who want a variety of modulation effects.
You have 11 types of modulation effects built-in including Chorus, Flange, Vibrato, Tremolo and more. At just £39 it's extremely affordable and offers an incredible amount of tones for the price.
In addition to the range of effects you also have Level, Speed and Depth controls so you can sculpt each effect to your liking. Landlord effects pedals are very budget-friendly, and chances are there's an effect you need for your board.
15. Boss FV-30L Foot Volume Pedal
Adding swells to your sound is an integral part of playing worship guitar. You need to be able to reduce and increase the volume at a moments notice in between speaking. So you need a reliable, responsive pedal to do so.
We recommend the Boss FV-30L Foot Volume Pedal as it's a compact, professional option that supports even the subtlest of changes in your volume. It's smaller than your usual volume pedals, so it'll save space on your pedalboard, but large enough so it feels comfortable when using it.
The aluminium die-cast construction ensures it'll last decades.
16. Dunlop DVP4 Volume X Mini Pedal
Whilst we're on the subject of mini volume pedals, we have to include the Dunlop DVP4 Volume X Mini Pedal. This is a volume and parameter/expression control pedal in one small chassis.
The low friction band-drive ensures a smooth, durable performance and the ability to reverse the heel-down toe-down positions via internal switch is very useful.
17. VOX V860 Hand Wired Volume Pedal
The VOX V860 Hand Wired Volume Pedal is a premium volume pedal that makes our best pedals for worship list thanks to the fact it uses gears with an extremely high tooth count. This ensures a smooth transition between sounds and nuanced expression.
Each component is hand-wired for reliability, so you're in good hands.
The aluminium body with blasted and anodised finish and grip surface area makes it a hard-wearing partner for the road.
18. DOD Mini Volume Pedal
Finally, we have the DOD Mini Volume Pedal. This is perfect for worship pedalboards with limited space. Don't let its small construction fool you - this is a very reliable pedal with plenty of sensitivity.
The high-quality 500k potentiometer ensures a nuanced change in your sound, even at the slightest of tilts and the rugged all-steel construction means it'll handle anything you throw at it.
Again, it's ultra-compact, so you've got room for all your other pedals and the gear drive means there are no springs to break. Compact, reliable and sensitive - just what you need in a volume pedal.
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