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Z.Vex Instant Lo-Fi Junky Prototype
The Instant Lo-Fi Junky approximates a portion of the popular Lo-Fi Looper Junky circuit by combining compression, a lo-fi filter, and vibrato. A Mix knob allows you to blend from full compression to full vibrato. You can also change the wave shape between square, triangle, and sine. The result is a beautiful, lo-fi warble. I can't wait to see the final casing artwork to match the stellar sounds.
TWA Great Divide
TWA just keeps coming out with outside-the-box stomps that push the sonic limits. Their latest, the Great Divide, pairs a 100-percent analog circuit with a digital memory preset that lets you toggle between octave settings in an instant. Octave effect lovers will delight in the five voices: dry, down one, up one, sub (which takes things deeper by 1.5, 2, or 2.6 octaves), and synth (which crashes waveforms together for modulation goodness). For super tone tweakers, TWA says there are 12 internal trim pots to dial your sound in even tighter.
Lovers of the environment and great tone mourned when Composite Acoustics, known for having some of the best-sounding and best-playing graphite composite instruments, closed shop last summer. We're happy to report that the company is back—and the guitars are now being built by Peavey in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Meridian, Mississippi.
Choice Swag: Z.Vex Bottle Opener
Pop a beer and zone out to some sweet fuzz tones courtesy of Zachary Vex.