August

Reviews: Effects

Pigtronix Philosopher's Rock Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
In an industry where being called a “clone” can actually be a compliment, Pigtronix manages to stay prolific in unique ways. The company rarely delivers a strictly traditional take
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Tech 21 Bass Boost Fuzz Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The Tech 21 Bass Boost Fuzz allows bassists to create solid fuzz tones with both active and passive instruments and offers a boost feature for those times when a sonic lift is needed.
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Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Die-hard tone nerds get pretty wrapped up in minutiae these days. For instance, in fuzz-freak circles it doesn’t take much provocation to start a debate over whether the silvery
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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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T-Rex Tap Tone Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The impressive T-Rex Tap Tone is a sturdy pedal and excellent value that''s intuitive and easy to use and offers lovely analog warmth that can verge on tape-delay coloration.
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SubDecay Starlight Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The genesis of the flanging effect—at least as a term and production technique—is pretty well known at this point. As the story goes, Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend developed
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Maxon DB10 Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Ever feel like your amp doesn’t quite reach the potential that its formidable exterior suggests? Or that you can’t match your bandmates’ volume when you need to? Sometimes we
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Wampler Tweed '57 Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Wampler Pedals specializes in putting amp tones in a box. The company’s Amp in A Box series—which includes the Triple Wreck, SLOstorion, Plextortion, and Pinnacle pedals— does a valiant
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Blackout Effectors Crystal Dagger Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Even though octave fuzzes have been around for almost half a century now, they still have the capacity to sound startling. When used with great control and skill, they
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Tortuga Manhattan Dual Analog Flanger Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Tortuga Effects founder Matt Johnson clearly likes his cocktails in the evening. No, there’s nothing sloppy or woozy about his hip line of timedomain and distortion/fuzz pedals. On the
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Red Witch Synthotron Analog Synth Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
For guitarists who dig the electronic sound of a synthesizer, guitar synth pedals can combine the best of both worlds—the psychedelic glow, glitchiness, and fat tones of a synth’s
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ADA APP-1 Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The APP-1 takes two Fender Twin-style tone stacks and pairs them with ADA’s patent-pending D-Torsion Core technology
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Electro-Harmonix Superego Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
If you’re a fan of out-of-the-ordinary guitar tones, you’re probably intrigued by Electro-Harmonix’ Freeze pedal. The ability to sample a little chunk of sound and then mangle it with
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Fuzzhugger Bass Bloom Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
FuzzHugger''s Bass Bloom is a harmonically rich pedal that''s capable of creating a spectrum of different fuzz tones that work well with both active and passive basses.
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Mad Professor Electric Blue Chorus Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Despite the fact that the sounds of the ’80s are everywhere again, the chorus pedal remains a rather unfairly maligned member of stompbox society. But that doesn’t mean chorus
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Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Zoom’s B3 multi-effects pedal provides an exhaustive set of tonal tools for bassists with 99 available stompboxes and 12 amp models onboard.
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Stomp Under Foot The Pi Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Without much fanfare, Stomp Under Foot’s Matt Pasquerella has become one of the foremost Muff-clone specialists in the known universe. The Massachusetts-turned-Florida builder’s pedals certainly aren’t the flashiest. But
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Fano Alt de Facto PX4 Bass Review

September 4, 2012
The vintage-looking Fano PX4 is a hell of a tone machine for rock and blues, offering up the thick, chewy tones that defined big bass in rock’s heyday.
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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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EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Pedal Review

August 10, 2012
The huge range of unique, practical, and downright bonkers sounds within the Rainbow Machine makes it an ideal studio tool that can transform hooks and solos from ordinary to arresting.
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