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Effect pedals made in Japan...are there any...GOOD ones?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cnltb, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Does anyone here know of any companies in Japan that design and manufacture good and interesting effect pedals ?
    I am looking for Japanese companies, not those from other countries having their production outsourced to Japan.
    Thanks! :)
  2. jking138


    Oct 6, 2013
    Ibanez are Japanese I think, I have the PhatHed overdrive and phaser from the tonelok series. Very good, solid pedals, the PhatHed gets some love around here.
    Yamaha had some pedals in the 80's that are quite sought after, their flanger comes to mind.
    Akai (how did I nearly forget that one) the famous and much sought after Deep Impact.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Guyatone comes to mind. Also Human Gear, Zoom and Boss of course, Hao.
  4. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    Hao and M.A.S.F.
  5. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser

    Feb 17, 2011
    New England
  6. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I know effectsdatabase and should probably added...'you know and have tried', although the 'good' might have suggested my interest in comments from those that knew the companies they name.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Maxon should be at the top of the list. They actually made all the good Ibanez pedals.
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Came here to say that. :)

    Maxon has been one of the best pedal companies in the world ever since there were pedals.
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Crews Maniac makes a killer quality preamp pedal, I had one for a while.
  10. grunge_freak


    Aug 3, 2010
    The old Boss pedals that were manufactured in Japan are awesome. I have an old MIJ BF-2 and it's a great flanger. Other than that I haven't played any.
  11. Dave M

    Dave M

    Jun 12, 2005
    upper left corner