A looper pedal records signal from your guitar then plays it back to you, in a loop. They are great for live performances and equally good when you’re practicing guitar by yourself.
The looper pedal allows you to lay down your own backing track in seconds. They are unbelievable when you need accompaniment for playing guitar scales and solos too.
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Looper Pedals For Guitar On The Market
Ditto Looper by TC Electronic (Editor’s Choice)
|DigiTech JamMan Solo XT|
|Boss RC-1 Loop Pedal|
|NUX Loop Core Guitar Effect Pedal|
|Zoom G1on Guitar Effects Pedal (Budget Choice)|
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5 Best Looper Pedals For Guitar
Let’s take a look in detail at our 5 favourite guitar pedals…enjoy.
1. Ditto Looper by TC Electronic (Editor’s Choice)
Super minimalist looper pedal and does the basics REALLY well. It’s also incredibly small and fits in a pocket.
- Small, lightweight, looks pretty darn cool
- So simple to use. Simply press once to start/stop recording, press twice to stop/start playback and press and hold to delete
- 24-bit recording at 48 kHz (higher than CD quality)
- No battery option, so you need a mains power connection
- Doesn’t come with the extras that some of the others come with (e.g. a metronome or drum machine)
- Only holds around 5 minutes of recording time
2. DigiTech JamMan Solo XT
A step up from the Ditto in terms of functionality is the JamMan Solo XT. With longer looping time, 200 memory slots and programmable backing tracks, it’s a pretty neat little guitar loop pedal. Here are some of its pros and cons:
- Holds around 35 minutes of loops in 200 memories slots
- Optional micro sdhc card for extended storage
- Slow down or speed up any loop without changing pitch
- Ability to save onto computer through the free software
- The first 16 channels do not have the ability to remove the drum track
- Rhythm sounds are very basic metronomic beats
3. Boss RC-1 Loop Pedal
This is Boss’ simplest and most user friendly guitar pedal of this type. It’s also build like a tank and the bright red colour looks pretty cool too. Here are some of its pros and cons:
- Powered by battery as well as mains power
- 12 minutes total record time
- Light display makes it easy to see
- Very robust
- Restricted to one basic base loop as there is no memory facility to store other loops
- No rhythm/metronome section
4. NUX Loop Core Guitar Effect Pedal
Another budget looper that’s definitely worth looking at is the Nux Loop Core Guitar pedal. Standout features are the massive six hours recording time and 99 user memories. Here are some of its pros and cons:
- 6 Hours recording time
- Change the playback tempo of your recorded phrases without changing the key
- Aluminum alloy housing, good durability
- No way to set the bpm using the up/down buttons
- 16-bit audio recording at 44.1 kHz frequency (compared to the Ditto, at 24-bit)
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5. Zoom G1on Guitar Effects Pedal
This is an effects pedal with a looper included, but I thought it was worth including for the sheer price to value ratio…Here are some of its pros and cons:
- 100 effects, including distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb
- Rhythm unit and Looper (which both can be used at the same time)
- Display hard to read when it’s on the floor
- Rhythm/looper button requires a finger press rather than foot activation
- No option to use the edit and share software on pc
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So Which Is The Best Looper Pedal For Guitar?
For the price, you can’t go terribly wrong with any of these purchases.
If you’re looking for something mind-numbingly simple and easy to use, I’d go with the Ditto everytime. For something with a few more bells and whistles I’d opt for the Boss RC-1 Loop Pedal – but that’s largely based on the racing red colour and funky read out!
Experienced using one of these? Got anything useful to share?
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.