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Distortion

Amptweaker TightMetal Pedal Review

September 20, 2011
The TightMetal is a smorgasbord of vicious distortion options and a smooth, natural-sounding noise gate that expands its usefulness.
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Video Review - Amptweaker Pedals TightMetal Distortion

September 12, 2011
PG's Jordan Wagner reviews the Amptweaker Pedals TightMetal Distortion stompbox in the October 2011 print issue of Premier Guitar. The full print review can be read online here --
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Secrets of Saturation

August 16, 2011
The PG guide to demystifying boost, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz.
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TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive and Dark Matter Distortion Pedal Reviews

August 3, 2011
Two new stompboxes from TC Electronic offer different flavors of vintage-inspired analog dirt.
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Metal Pedals Hardcore XXX Pedal Review

July 19, 2011
It’s hard to find a good all-in-one metal distortion that will turn smaller amps into raging animals and bigger amps into more versatile behemoths
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Video Review - Metal Pedals Hard Core XXX Distortion

July 14, 2011
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest video review of the Metal Pedals Hard Core XXX Distortion stompbox. The full review is available in the August 2011 print issue and online here -
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Fryette S.A.S. And Boostassio Pedal Reviews

May 17, 2011
A couple of decades ago, Steven Fryette built the prototypes that would become VHT’s Pittbull series— handbuilt tube amps that became known for their crushing sound and great durability.
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Mod Kits DIY Persuader Pedal Review

April 5, 2011
An affordable but challenging DIY tube distortion pedal.
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Stone Deaf FX PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter Pedal Review

February 15, 2011
The PDF-1 pays tribute to the Mastro Parametric Filter
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Video Review - Way Huge Green Rhino MKII

January 13, 2011
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review--Way Huge Green Rhino Mk II. The Mk II has all the gorgeous classic overdrive that you crave but it has evolved to include cool new features that make it even more rhinoceriffic. In addition to the Volume, Tone, and Drive controls, you get a 100Hz EQ knob to cut or boost your low end by 12dB. Your low notes can either shake the ground like a stampede across the savannah or cut through the mix like a charging rhino's horn. This pachyderm of a pedal also sports a Curve control to fine-tune the corner frequencies of your tone. All this amazing tone shaping makes other overdrives seem boring and one-dimensional by comparison. In front of a clean amp, with the Volume and Drive set at noon, you can go from pristine purity to a punchy, dynamic rhythm tone. Set the Drive low and crank the Volume and add tons of boost to wallop the input of any amp. Turn up the Drive control with the Rhino in front of a distorted channel and hear more gain and sustain than you ever thought your amp was capable of. And no matter how you use it, the Green Rhino Mk II will deliver clean operation, quiet relay-based true-bypass switching, and the rock-solid construction that Way Huge is known for.
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