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Overdrive

What Does a Pedal Sound Like?

February 4, 2013
Distorting a guitar signal generates more harmonics. With more harmonics, your amplifier’s inherent tone becomes more dominant. Unlike a tree falling in the woods, a pedal won’t make a
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Celestial Effects Cancer Wah The Fuzz? Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
By consolidating four top-quality analog effects in a single unit, the Cancer Wah the Fuzz? from Celestial Effects is at once simple, flexible, and extremely powerful, and it delivers an impressive combination of functional and far-out sounds.
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A Big Buzz for A Little Bass Box

January 9, 2013
A small boutique builder out of Finland, Darkglass specializes in bass effects and the B3K MicroTubes is their flagship model.
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Mesa/Boogie Tone-Burst, Throttle Box, Grid Slammer, and Flux-Drive Pedal Reviews

December 18, 2012
Rather than trying to stuff too much in a single unit, the company has designed pedals that serve up specific flavors of overdrive.
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Heptode Deep Crunch Pedal Review

December 10, 2012
Heptode''s Deep Crunch must be considered a serious contender for anyone looking to add classic preamp shimmer and drive to their favorite amp, or project studio players looking for an easy way to add Soldano-style dirt to digital mixes.
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Laffing Dog Blue Dog Overdrive Pedal Review

December 10, 2012
The very effective and powerful ways that the Blue Dog''s clean-boost and overdrive circuits interact make it a virtual command center for gain staging.
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RogerThat Guitar Electronics Bass OD/DIS Pedal Review

November 20, 2012
Holland’s RogerThat Guitar Electronics may be relatively unknown to musicians in the States. But since 2010, they’ve developed a multitude of all-analog tools for guitarists, bassists, drummers, and studio
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Mooer ShimVerb, Green Mile, Black Secret, and Pitch Box Pedal Reviews

November 13, 2012
Mooer Audio Company is a rather ambitious instrument-manufacturing entity. The China-based outfit builds everything from electric drum pads to pedalboard cases, vocal processors, and compact, AC30- and Bassman-style heads.
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Fulltone Secret Freq Pedal Review

November 5, 2012
The Seek Freq is especially good at nailing the midrange-boosted tones that define a lot of classic rock.
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Malekko Plus Ultra 213 Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
With the Malekko Plus Ultra 213’s potential to move between searing bumble-bee fuzz and creamier near-overdrive tones, it’s easy to imagine players making this their go-to fuzz.
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Jetter Red Square Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
The Jetter Red Square delivers two unique voices that evoke American- and British-style tones in a practical, powerful, and great-sounding little box.
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Wampler Pedals Brent Mason Hot Wired v.2 Pedal Review

October 3, 2012
A smooth, 2-channel overdrive with incredible touch sensitivity.
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EarthQuaker Devices Talons Pedal Review

October 3, 2012
A versatile, tweakable overdrive with a wide range of useable tones.
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EC Custom Shop Bass Overlord Drive Pedal Review

September 18, 2012
Everything from adding definition and punch to your clean tone, to a grinding overdrive with brawny thump and muscular attack.
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MI Audio Megalith Delta Pedal Review

September 12, 2012
The new Megalith Delta is a solid-state version of the Megalith Beta’s preamp in pedal form.
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5 DIY Mods to Perfect Your Ibanez TS9 and Boss SD-1

September 6, 2012
Pedal maestro Brian Wampler of Wampler Pedals shows us how to make two of the most popular overdrive pedals on the planet rule even more.
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Providence Silky Drive Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
In the weird world of overdrive pedals, the terms “classic” and “vintage” are used pretty loosely. What is classic overdrive, anyway—the sound of an ’80s Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer?
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Catalinbread Galileo Pedal Review

August 21, 2012
The combination of Catalinbread’s CB30 overdrive and Naga Viper (a Dallas Rangemaster clone) add up to a “Vox in a box.”
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