This article takes you through 5 of the best looper pedals for guitar. We have also included some great videos to help you see them in action.
Loop pedals were initially quite tricky to develop, as they needed basically a recording device inside the pedal which could record and then play the recorded signal in a loop. The first loop pedals came to be in the 90s’ and spread over the world like a wildfire.
Today, you can find dozens of different looper pedals on the market and we took upon us a hard job of sifting through the market and bringing you the best there is. On this list you will find the 5 of the top looper pedals on the market today, ranging from affordable, smaller ones to the high-end pricey ones.
The 5 Best Looper Pedals – Our Round-Up
1. BOSS Audio RC-3 Loop Station Pedal
Another one to do it all pedal. When there are guitar pedals, you know BOSS will show up with their unique sturdy design and they didn’t disappoint once again. RC-3 is a loop station with a bunch of options that make it really a high-end contender.
First of all, there is 3 hours of looping time. This means you can have all the time in the world to record everything you need. Apart from that, you can store up to 99 different loops at the same time and save them on the pedal. Also, you will get an auto-record option, giving you time to automatically record when you start playing or to give you one bar time to prepare. 10 different basic rhythms are also available to give you a hand while recording your loops. This is also a great way to play by yourself when you’re practicing at home.
For connectivity, you have a true stereo with two pairs of ¼” I/O as well as an AUX–in and a USB connection. This allows you to connect both the computer or other instruments to this pedal and record them also through this pedal. All in all, this is a great, high-end, quality pedal that is going to last you for years and with so many options it will make even the hardened professionals happy. The price is a bit of a high side, but it’s not too expensive, so there really is no reason to miss this pedal if you want to buy a loop pedal.
2. Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai Delay / Looper Pedal (editor’s choice)
We start off this list from the bat with the best item on the list. Electro-Harmonix Memory Man is one of the best pedals there is, let alone just a looper pedal. Made by a famous company, this pedal packs, apart from the loop effect also the delay and bunch of other effects to enable you to achieve the sound you want.
The main option is the 30–second loop over which you can then play and record more sounds. You can set up to 8 different presets and there is echo, multitap, reverse echo and loop effects already on the pedal. With options like blend, decay, filter, repeats and delay, you can set up literally any sound you have imagined with this pedal. The pedal itself is not too big and has a sturdy metal casing, tight, precise knobs, and buttons. It comes with a true stereo signal, meaning it has two ¼” ins and outs and works on a power cord, without the possibility to get the batteries inside.
This is a high-end, pricey item, but from my personal experience (and I had one for almost 10 years) it will endure anything you throw at it and always perform at the top level. No matter if you use it for guitar, bass, voice or anything else, you can be sure you’re getting the best effects there is out there.
3. LEKATO Electric Guitar Looper Effect Pedal (budget choice)
We move on to the budget choice to form this list. The item in question is a Lekato Looper Effect Pedal, which is a tiny, budget-friendly, loop pedal. Unlike the most looper pedals out there which have additional effects to them, this pedal comes with just a simple loop pedal but does what it’s supposed to brilliantly.
This pedal comes with just a single knob for level (sound volume) and a single button. It’s really, really small – you could place it on your hand easily. As for the I/O, it has standard ¼” I/o as well as a mini USB input. It also comes with a USB cable, so you can connect it easily to your computer and upload the sounds you want to loop from there.
As for the looping it has up to 5 minutes of loop time and unlimited time of overdub. But, beware that your loop is only going to last as the first loop you recorded, so start from the longest one first. It doesn’t come with an AC charger, so beware that you should get one with it too. This is a great little affordable pedal that does one thing but is great at what it does. For this price, you won’t be able to find a better looper for sure.
4. MXR Clone Looper Guitar Effects Pedal (M303)
MXR Clone M303 is another cheap yet quality pedal to fulfill your needs for the loop effect. As for the effects you get with this pedal, there is the only a loop, but you can choose to play your recording normally, double speed, or in reverse, allowing you to experiment and play with your sound.
As for the build, this pedal is out into a metal casing, with one volume knob, and two separate buttons to stomp on, which control the pedal. There is standard ¼” I/O as well as two different ¼” jacks, that allow you to connect other footswitches or external controllers to this pedal. Pricewise this is a very affordable item, so there really is no reason not to get one if you want to experiment and broaden your sound a little. Whether on stage or at home, this is a great item to have in your collection.
5. PigtronixInfinity 2 Looper Pedal
We end this list with another high-end loop pedal. Pigtronix Infinity 2 is a next step in the Infinity line and what a specimen it is! This pedal will allow you to have two separate loops with up to 5 minutes of loop time. It comes in a slick black metal casing, with two knobs and two buttons, but that’s all you’re going to need.
Apart from just looping music, you can also control your loops, which is something not many pedals offer. You can choose to stop, once repeat or octave shifter. Also, there is a decay knob, allowing you to mix your overdubs and make them fade into one another when playing with this knob. As for the connectivity, you will find true stereo with two pairs of ¼” I/O, USB input and power connection. Even though the price is high, this is a great, high-end, high-quality loop pedal for professionals to use every day.
This is our pick of top 5 looper pedals on the market today. Thanks for reading and we hope that this article will help you make your choice.
Whatever you choose from this list, you will get a good quality product, so it’s just a question of what you really need for your playing levels and style.