5 Best Looper Pedals for Guitar Players in 2017

TC Electronic Ditto Looper


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If you are looking for a basic looper to help in your guitar practice, then the TC Electronic Ditto Looper (Amazon) is the best option for you. It is inexpensive, small, and simple to understand. For those reasons, I selected it over something like the Boss RC-1 (Amazon), which is flashier and a bit more expensive.

Digitech JMSXT Jamman Solo XT


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If you are looking for a looper that has more features such as a larger storage capacity, integrated drum loops, and stereo looping capabilities, then the Digitech JMSXT Jamman Solo XT (Amazon) is the best option for you. Another very useful feature is that you can set the Jamman to begin recording automatically when you begin playing; this makes it easier for many beginner guitar players to get into looping because you don’t have to worry about timing the start of your loop. I selected this looper pedal over something like the Boss RC-3 (Amazon) because I feel that the Jamman brings more value to the table. You are able to link two together, it is less expensive, and comes with a power supply.

Boss RC-30 Phrase Looper Pedal


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If you are going to include looping in your live performance, then I highly recommend investing in the Boss RC-30 (Amazon). There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but once you realize the full capabilities of this looper pedal and how to layer loops, you will wonder how you ever lived without it before. If you are looking into street performing or busking, then this is your option as well.

Boss RC-300


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If you are a multi-instrumentalist and looking for the best of the best, then the Boss RC-300 (Amazon) is your choice. There are no limits to your creativity with this unit; you can layer nearly unlimited loops using as many different instruments as you can get your hands on.

Ableton Live


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Want to write and record your loops directly into your home computer? Pick up Ableton Live (Amazon) and combine it with something like an Akai Professional Midi Controller (Amazon) or a Novation Launchpad (Amazon) and you can have a solid live setup as well. The best part is that often digital options like this are much less expensive than purchasing individual pedals or multi-effects units.

What do you think? Are there even better loopers our there? Let me know in the comments below.

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