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Reviews: Effects

Amptweaker Bass TightFuzz Pedal Review

April 30, 2013
This versatile bass distortion is packed with smart features and great tone.
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Hartman Electronics Silicon Crystal Valve Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
The new Silicon Crystal Valve from Hartman Electronics is based in significant measure to the Colorsound Supa Tone Bender, and like the original, it’s a cool twist on a classic sound that’s full of unique fuzz flavors.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Acouswitch IQ DI Review

April 15, 2013
With a very effective EQ, rugged construction, and features like the body contour control that will help you manage the most harrowing feedback and garbage-PA situations, the compact Acouswitch IQ DI a powerful, performance tool.
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Spaceman Saturn V Harmonic Booster Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
For those who relish the profound shifts in color and mood that a little volume or tone knob tweak can provide, the Saturn V Harmonic Booster has the potential to be a very special, even indispensable piece of gear.
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Z.Vex Basstortion Pedal Review

March 26, 2013
The mad scientists at Z.Vex dial up some amp-inspired overdrive tailored specifically for bassists with the Basstortion.
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Way Huge Echo-Puss Pedal Review

March 20, 2013
The Echo-Puss is designed to appeal to players who favor the delay times and modulation circuitry of delay pedals from the ’70s and ’80s
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Z.Vex Loop Gate Pedal Review

March 13, 2013
The Loop Gate combines the relatively simple and familiar principles of noise gating and effects loops in a way that opens up huge new tonal possibilities.
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Reuss RSH-02 Pedal Review

March 11, 2013
Like the first incarnation RSH-01, the Reuss RSH-02 pedal combines Distortion + and Blue Box-style circuits in a single enclosure, but is made in China and more affordable.
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MXR M222 Talk Box Review

March 11, 2013
MXR''s M222 Talk Box is a rethink of the talk box formula that emphasizes reliability, circumvents the need for an additional amp, and focuses on affordability.
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Sonuus Wahoo Pedal Review

March 11, 2013
The new Sonuus Wahoo pedal captures the spirit of simple synthesis, the vocal responsiveness of a great wah, and both classic and unusual modulation effects in a single robust design.
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Bogner Ecstasy Blue & Red Overdrive Pedal Reviews

March 6, 2013
With remarkable accuracy each pedal captures the tonal nuances that made the Ecstasy 100, 101, and 20th Anniversary model amplifiers so desirable.
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Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi Pedal Review

February 25, 2013
The Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi—though it’s a bit more expensive—builds on the winning formula with versatility and features that make it a better value than its smaller brother.
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VanAmps Sole-Mate Jr. Pedal Review

February 4, 2013
The vintage reverb tones from the new Van Amps Sole-Mate Jr. can breathe new life into old or stale-sounding amps, or can add a second spring-reverb option to a chain instead of a digital replication.
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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Pedal Review

February 4, 2013
TC Electronic''s Flashback X4 is home to an absolute wealth of features and is an excellent sounding delay by any measure.
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TC Electronic Ditto Looper Pedal Review

January 30, 2013
The Ditto Looper is a pedal of immense musical potential that can stretch your sound palate and inspire composition while remaining entirely intuitive.
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Strymon Mobius Pedal Review

January 16, 2013
The Mobius is a pedal of very deep capabilities that exponentially widens the sound potential of a pedalboard, opens up studio and production possibilities, and can inspire whole tunes.
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Way Huge Supa-Puss Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
If you’re a guitarist who wears a lot of hats—ambient texturalist one night, roots rocker the next—the Supa-Puss analog delay may just be the one pedal that stays in your rig for every occasion.
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Jacques Meistersinger Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
Though the Jacques Meistersinger is capable of deep and radical sounds, the pedal is suited to a less-is-more approach, and its transparency may find scores of players reconsidering their aversions to the chorus effect.
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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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Pigtronix Infinity Looper Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
Infinity Looper in Series mode, moving between verse and chorus sections on loops 1 and 2. Epiphone Sheraton and Vox Pathfinder used for all loops and leads. On the
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