Behringer Guitar Pedal Guide including Clone List

Behringer has risen from relative obscurity to become something of a household name, mainly thanks to their huge line of budget priced pedals designed to compete with some of the most famous models on the market.

The brand was founded by Uli Behringer in the late 80s with a mission to provide affordable gear that was usable by players of all levels, despite its low price tag. In the years since, Behringer has gone on to make everything from audio interfaces, to amplifiers, pedals, and beyond. Their pedals have gained some notoriety in the years since, primarily for their (normally) plastic construction, and striking similarities to popular pedals from other brands. 

In this KillerGuitarRigs Guide, we’ll be taking a look at the extensive range of Behringer pedals and aligning them with the models from other brands from which they drew their inspiration. 

How Do Behringer Keep Prices So Low?

The Behringer brand is just one in a large group of companies under the Music Tribe umbrella. Even though Music Tribe isn’t a widely known name, their production capabilities are enormous – in fact, they own Music Tribe City in Zhongshan, China, a factory complex so vast that they even have residential facilities for employees on site. The sheer size of the Music Tribe operation ensures that production volumes are kept high, which in turn keeps costs low.

Because they manage their own production, Behringer is able to control prices more carefully than brands who lease manufacturing space in third party factories. This is an important key to their cost structure. As well as owning their own facilities, they loosely base their pedals on big name brands, rather than making 1:1 clones. For example, rather than making pedals with metal bodies like Boss does, Behringer will make pedals with the same functionality as their rivals, but use lower cost materials like plastic to drive down costs.

The net result is a pedal that performs as well as a big brand model, but with marginally less durability, at a much lower price.

Checking Out Behringer Pedals For The First Time

Are Behringer Pedals Equipped With Buffers?

The more pedals you have linked up at any given time, the greater your chances of signal degradation are. When pedal circuits have buffers, they effectively boost the guitar’s signal, allowing it to pass to the amp without losing its tone.

As surprising as it may seem given the low cost, Behringer’s pedals do indeed feature a buffer in the circuitry, allowing players to stack pedals without significant loss of signal between the guitar and the amp. This is normally something seen only on premium pedals, so having a buffer on budget pedals like those from Behringer massively increases their appeal.

Remember, pedals from different brands don’t always play nicely with one another. Unless you’ve stacked your pedal board with just Behringer pedals, you might find that you begin to lose signal somewhere along the chain. You can counter this with buffer pedals. Ideally, you’ll have one linked up as the first pedal in the chain, and another at the end, as the last pedal before the amp. If you can only have one buffer, it makes sense to include it as the last link to boost the remaining signal after it’s passed through your entire pedal chain.

Are Behringer Pedals Any Good?

Do Behringer Pedals Have a True Bypass?

True bypass allows your guitar’s signal to pass through the pedal in a dry condition, completely unaltered by the pedal’s circuitry when the effect is switched off. If a pedal doesn’t have a true bypass, there is a chance that the signal will be affected, albeit slightly, by the pedal when it’s turned off.

This is one area in which Behringer has clearly cut costs. Behringer’s pedal range does not feature true bypass, meaning that your guitar’s tone could become colored by the pedal before hitting the amp, even if the pedal is off.

In our experience of these pedals, the lack of a true bypass isn’t a dealbreaker for day to day use, or even for gigging, but, if you will be recording, you want to have the purest possible sound, and any unwanted noise or altered tone has to be avoided.

Cheap Pedals: $10 pedal vs $100 pedal - Can you Hear the Difference?

Are Behringer Pedals Well Made?

As we mentioned above, Behringer pedals are made from plastic – and while this does make them inherently weaker than those made from metal, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re poorly made. If you understand the limitations of these pedals, there’s no reason they won’t perform well for years to come.

Some areas of design and engineering with Behringer’s pedals are inferior to the models that they emulate, however. One such element is the battery compartment. It’s great that Behringer makes it possible to use a 9v battery for power, but unfortunately, gaining access to the battery compartment is not a straight forward task. Because you need two implements in order to push in the release pins simultaneously, it’s entirely possible that during a gig, you could find yourself unable to gain access to the battery compartment if you don’t have any screwdrivers or other thin tools to hand. 

Another downside to Behringer pedal design and engineering is how the input and output jacks are connected to the circuit board. Unlike more premium models, which feature additional brackets to secure the jacks in position, Behringer simply solders the jacks to the circuit board. This type of design has the potential to lead to breakdowns over time as the jacks work their way loose, even for players who handle their gear very carefully. Of course, at the price, these pedals are practically disposable, so if one breaks, it’s still affordable to replace it, but from an environmental perspective, this is certainly not a sustainable way to make gear.

Rehousing a Behringer SF300 (Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz Clone)

Do Behringer Pedals Sound Good?

We will cut to the chase on this one – Behringer’s pedals sound excellent. This doesn’t just mean that they are good for their price, or that they’re good compared to other budget FX. They genuinely sound good in direct comparison with the pedals that they’re modeled on. 

Of course, they aren’t perfect, and they aren’t putting Boss or Electro-Harmonix out of business any time soon. Behringer’s pedals tend to be a little noisier than more expensive models, but definitely never to the point at which noise is disruptive.

The bottom line is that for a fraction of the price, you can pick up a Behringer equivalent to a big name model, and get almost identical tonal results despite the fact that the Behringer costs 4 or 5 times less. 

how I rehoused my behringer pedal

What Pedals Does Behringer Make?

Behringer makes a pedal for every player. If you can think of a famous model, Behringer almost certainly makes an equivalent. While the naming convention that Behringer uses is in many cases quite well aligned with that of the models that they are based upon, in others, model names can be a little more obscure. To help you to figure out which famous pedals have Behringer equivalents, we’ve put together this handy table:

Behringer ModelOriginal Model Original BrandType
Acoustic Modeler AM100/ AM300Acoustic Simulator AC-2BossSimulator
Bass Chorus BCH100Bass Chorus CEB-3BossChorus
Bass Graphic Equalizer BEQ700Bass Equalizer GEB-7BossEqualiser (EQ)
Bass Limiter Enhancer BLE100/BLE400Bass Limiter Enhancer LMB-3BossLimiter
Bass Overdrive BOD100/BOD400Bass OverDrive ODB-3BossOverdrive
Bass Synthesizer BSY600Bass Synthesizer SYB-5BossSynthesiser
Blues Overdrive BO100/BO300Blues Driver BD-2BossOverdrive
Chorus Orchestra CO600Chorus Ensemble CE-5BossChorus
Chorus Space D CD-400Digital Space-D/Digital Dimension DC-3BossChorus
Chorus Space-C CC300Dimension C DC-2BossChorus
Chromatic Tuner TU100/TU300Chromatic Tuner TU-3BossTuner
Compressor Sustainer CS100/CS400Compression Sustainer CS-3BossCompressor
Compressor/Limiter CL9CP 9 Compressor/LimiterIbanezCompressor
Digital Delay DD100/DD400Digital Delay DD-2/DD-3BossDelay
Digital Delay DD600Digital Delay DD-5BossDelay
Digital Reverb / Delay DR400Digital Reverb / Delay RV-3BossReverb/delay
Digital Reverb DR100/DR600Digital Reverb RV-5BossReverb
Distortion Modeler DM100Distortion DS-1BossDistortion
Distortion Modeler DM100Distortion+MXRDistortion
Distortion Modeler DM100RatProCoDistortion
Distortion-X XD300Xtortion XT-2BossDistortion
Dynamic Wah / Human Voice DW400Dynamic Wah AW-3BossAuto Wah
Dynamics Compressor DC9Dyna Comp M102MXRCompressor
Echo Machine EM600Echo ParkLine 6Delay
Filter Machine FM600Otto FilterLine 6Auto Filter
Flanger Machine FL600Liqua-FlangeLine 6Flanger
Graphic Equalizer EQ700Equalizer GE-7BossEqualiser (EQ)
Heavy Distortion HD300Mega Distortion MD-2BossDistortion
Heavy Metal HM300Heavy Metal HM-2BossDistortion
Hellbabe HB01Dime Cry Baby From Hell DB01DunlopWah
Hi Band Flanger HF300Hi Band Flanger HF-2BossFlanger
Instrument/Amp Selector AB100AB-1 Active SelectorNobelsSwitcher
Intelligate IG9Smart Gate M135MXRNoise gate
Noise Reducer NR100/NR300Noise Suppressor NS-2BossNoise gate
Overdrive Distortion OD100/OD300OverDrive/Distortion OS-2BossOverdrive/distortion
Overdrive OD400OverDrive OD-3BossOverdrive
Phaser PH9EVH Phase 90MXRPhaser
Power Overdrive PO300Power Driver PW-2BossOverdrive
Preamp Booster PB100Preamp/Booster Pre-1NobelsPreamp/booster
Reverb Machine RV600VerbzillaLine 6Reverb
Rotary Machine RM600Roto-MachineLine 6Rotary modeller
Slow Motion SM200Slow Gear SG-1BossVolume/swell
Spectrum Enhancer SE200Spectrum SP-1BossEQ/Booster
Super Flanger SF400Flanger BF-3BossFlanger
Super Fuzz SF300Hyper Fuzz FZ-2BossFuzz
Super Metal SM400Hyper Metal HM-3BossDistortion
Super Octaver SO400Super Octave OC-3BossOctaver
Super Phase Shifter SP400Phase Shifter PH-3BossPhaser
Ultra Bass Chorus BUC400Bass Chorus CEB-3BossChorus
Tube Amp Modeler TM300SansAmp GT2Tech 21Preamp/DI
Tube Overdrive TO100Tube Screamer TS9IbanezOverdrive
Ultra Acoustic Modeler AM400Acoustic Simulator AC-3BossSimulator
Ultra Bass Flanger BUF300Bass Flanger BF-2BBossFlanger
Ultra Chorus UC100/UC200Super Chorus CH-1BossChorus
Ultra Distortion UD100/UD300Turbo Distortion DS-2BossDistortion
Ultra Feedback / Distortion FD300Super Feedbacker & Distortion DF-2BossFeedbacker
Ultra Flanger UF100/UF300Flanger BF-2BossFlanger
Ultra Fuzz UZ400Fuzz FZ-3BossFuzz
Ultra Metal UM100/UM300Metal Zone MT-2BossDistortion
Ultra Octaver UO100/UO300Octave OC-2BossOctaver
Ultra Phase Shifter UP100/UP300Super Phaser PH-2BossPhaser
Ultra Shifter/Harmonist US600Super Shifter PS-5BossPitch shifter/harmonist
Ultra Tremolo UT100/UT300Tremolo TR-2BossTremolo
Ultra Tremolo/Pan TP300Tremolo/Pan PN-2BossTremolo/pan
Ultra Vibrato UV300Vibrato VB-2BossVibrato
Ultra Wah UW300Auto Wah AW-2BossWah
V-Tone Acoustic ADI 21SansAmp Para Driver DITech 21Preamp
V-Tone Bass BDI 21SansAmp Bass Driver DITech 21Preamp/DI
V-Tone Guitar GDI 21SansAmp GT2Tech 21Preamp/DI
Vintage Bass VB1BassballsElectro-HarmonixEnvelope filter
Vintage Delay VD400Delay DM-3BossDelay
Vintage Distortion VD1Big MuffElectro-HarmonixFuzz
Vintage Phaser VP1Small StoneElectro-HarmonixPhaser
Vintage Time Machine VM1Deluxe Memory ManElectro-HarmonixDelay/Chorus/Vibrato
Vintage Tube Monster VT999Tube King TK999HTIbanezOverdrive
Vintage Tube Overdrive TO800Tube Screamer TS808IbanezOverdrive
Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911Tube DriverBK ButlerOverdrive
Warp Distortion WD300Warp FactorHughes & KettnerDistortion

Final Thoughts On Behringer Pedals

Behringer pedals have built a reputation in recent years as a way for guitarists to get hold of FX that sound and perform just like the big name models, without spending big name money. While you can absolutely buy better pedals, you’d be truly hard pressed to find better value. You could literally fill a pedal board with Behringers for the price of 2 or 3 big name pedals!

Martin Holland

Growing up in rural Australia, there wasn't much to do but play guitar and stare at the red dirt. When things broke, the only person to fix them was fifty miles away, and eventually fixing gave way to building, giving me my career as a luthier. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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