Inside Guitar Mammoth’s Stomp-O-Meter: The Pedal Review Process

At Guitar Mammoth, we take testing seriously, only reviewing products we’ve plugged in and tested ourselves.

Our Stomp-O-Meter, a score from 0-100, dives into all the important details every guitar pedal needs so you can make the right choice

Personally, I’ve played and tested thousands of pedals over the years. With over 25 years playing guitar and countless gigs across various bands, my journey began with an Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi, fueled by a fascination with the Smashing Pumpkins. That pedal wasn’t just gear; it was a gateway to an obsession with guitar equipment.

Here, I’ll share how we dissect and evaluate pedals at Guitar Mammoth with our unique Stomp-O-Meter system.

The Stomp-O-Meter Explained

We pride ourselves on our hands-on review process, dubbed the Stomp-O-Meter, for its insanely obsessive detail.

Our testing system reflects decades of playing, testing, and a deep passion for music. We assess pedals across eight critical categories, each chosen for its impact on your experience.

Each category is given a weight before we give out an overall score out of 100. For example, Sound Quality is given a hefty 30%, while Looks and Design only contribute 5% to the final score.

Sound Quality (30%)

Let’s start with the bread and butter of any pedal: its sound. I personally plug in each pedal we review, testing them with different guitars and amps to see how they perform across the board. We’re looking for that sweet spot where clarity meets character. After all, if it doesn’t sound good, what’s the point, right?

Build Quality (20%)

Next up, we’ve got build quality. A pedal’s got to be able to take a bit of a beating – we’re guitarists, not librarians. I check out how each pedal is put together, what materials are used, and whether it feels like it’ll last longer than a drum solo. Only the sturdiest gear makes the grade here.

Value for Money (20%)

We all love a good deal, and value for money is where it’s at. I take a close look at what each pedal offers for its price tag. It’s all about finding those gems that give you the most bang for your buck without cutting corners on quality or features.

Features and Versatility (15%)

A great pedal should be like a Swiss Army knife – versatile and packed with useful features. I explore what each pedal brings to the table, seeing how well it adapts to different styles and setups. The more a pedal can do, and the better it does it, the higher it scores.

Ease of Use (10%)

Nobody likes wrestling with complicated gear, especially mid-gig. I assess how user-friendly each pedal is, from its layout to how easy it is to dial in the perfect sound. The simpler, the better, but without sacrificing depth and flexibility.

Looks and Design (5%)

Last but not least, we’ve got looks and design. Sure, it’s not as crucial as sound or build, but we all appreciate gear that looks as good as it sounds. I take a moment to appreciate each pedal’s aesthetics because, let’s face it, a cool-looking pedalboard never hurt anyone.

Wrapping It Up

All these elements come together in our Stomp-O-Meter score, giving you a clear picture of a pedal’s strengths and where it might fall short. Here at Guitar Mammoth, we’re all about cutting through the noise to bring you honest, straightforward advice from one guitarist to another. Keep an eye out for our reviews, and here’s to finding the perfect tone!