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Lovepedal Echo Baby, Babyface Tremolo, Pickle Vibe, and Amp 50 Pedal Reviews

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Lovepedal Echo Baby, Babyface Tremolo, Pickle Vibe, and Amp 50 Pedal Reviews

Pickle Vibe

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The Uni-Vibe is a classic effect, but unless you perform in a Robin Trower tribute band, you’re not likely to use this watery sound more than a couple of times a night. So why sacrifice a lot of pedalboard real estate to get it? Slotting neatly between two existing pedals on my board, the Pickle Vibe produced huge, inspiring vibe tones.

As with the Babyface Tremolo, the pedal’s single knob controls the rate. A blue LED flashes the tempo of the vibe, while a red one indicates the effect on/off status. There’s a sensitivity trim pot inside, but don’t bother unscrewing the back. I tried other settings and none sounded as good as the factory one.

The Final Mojo
As with most Uni-Vibe emulations, the Pickle Vibe responded best between the guitar and some sort of grit, whether an overdrive pedal, the slightly broken up Orange, or the lead channel on the Egnater. According to Lovepedal, rather than using an exact copy of the Uni-Vibe circuit, the Pickle Vibe generates those classic tones with a unique circuit. Clone or not, from slow psychedelia to fast Leslie blues, this pedal sounded so good it could increase the number of times I go for the vibe on any given night.
Buy if...
you want great-sounding vibrato effects in a tiny box—and at a great price.
Skip if...
you perform in a Robin Trower tribute band.
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Street $139 - Lovepedal Custom Effects - lovepedal.com


Amp 50

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Sean Michael made his bones largely on his “Church of Tone” pedal, the COT 50 Boost/ Overdrive. Lots of players agreed that it nailed certain classic-rock sounds associated with guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Billy Gibbons. For the mini version, Michael has modified his original design to afford cleaner tones at the bottom of the gain/bias sweep and dirtier tones at the top.

The Amp 50’s single knob adjusts the bias of the circuit, which causes some noise as you turn it. I found that, by putting a volume pedal or a muting tuner after this pedal, I could mute the noise—a good thing, as I could see using a number of different settings throughout a set.

With the gain/bias down all the way, the Amp 50 added a buffer-like sparkle to the clean sound of both the Tiny Terror and Rebel 30. Between there and 12 o’clock, a small amount of grit entered the equation— more so when using the hot-humbucker equipped Reverend than with my Strat. From noon to 3 o’clock, the Amp 50 became more overdrive-like, adding sustain to solos and crunch to rhythm chords. From 3 o’clock to full on, a fuzz effect started creeping in. Turned fully clockwise, the control produced a sound like an amp on the verge of destruction (in the best sense).

The Amp 50 is all about response. In its cleaner modes, it added a dynamic “give” to what would otherwise be an unforgiving clean amp tone. Backing off the guitar volume at almost any setting cleaned up the sound quickly. The pedal added a whole array of British sounds to the Egnater’s American-toned clean channel, while interacting much like a classic treble booster with the British-voiced Orange.

The Amp 50 also played nicely with other overdrive pedals. It was no surprise that it worked well in front of a Lovepedal Kalamazoo, but it also matched up delightfully with a Maxon OD-9, not only adding sustain but injecting a new British character to the tone. In either combination, the Amp 50 effectively turned my single-channel Tiny Terror into a three-channel amp.

The Final Mojo
Given all the ways the Amp 50 can enhance your sound without adding significantly to your gear load—or subtracting much from your pocketbook—it’s hard to imagine not picking up one of these mini-monsters.
Buy if...
you want to give your sound a character- laden kick in the butt.
Skip if...
you have all the tones you need.
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Street $129 - Lovepedal Custom Effects - lovepedal.com

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