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May 2014

Reviews: Effects

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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ISP Theta Preamp Review

April 11, 2014
Formidable distortion/preamp/noise gate combo that’s flexible, practical, and explosively potent.
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Black Cat OD-Boost Review

April 7, 2014
This boost/overdrive combo generates myriad tones, from near clean to distorted.
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Dr. J D53 Sparrow Driver and DI Review

April 1, 2014
A compact and affordable DI/driver pedal for bassists that can aid in tone sculpting and be a best friend in an amp crisis.
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TC Electronic Ditto X2 Review

March 27, 2014
The new, bigger looper is even easier to use than its predecessor and now includes effects.
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Third Man Bumble Buzz Review

March 20, 2014
Jack White's Third Man delivers a positively monstrous no-frills octave fuzz.
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Origin Effects Cali76 Limiting Amplifier Review

March 17, 2014
A stompbox incarnation of a famed outboard compression circuit.
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MXR Custom Shop Micro Amp + Review

March 11, 2014
MXR refines an unsung classic and creates a potent tone-sculpting tool.
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SolidGoldFX Zeta Review

March 10, 2014
Amp-like overdrive, clarity, and responsiveness in a simple, rugged OD.
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Line 6 POD HD Pro X Review

March 6, 2014
Rack-mounted POD overflows with sounds.
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MXR Custom Shop Phase 99 Review

February 27, 2014
Two classic Phase 90s combined with impressive tone-shaping controls in a single compact enclosure.
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