As any environmentally minded pedal junkie knows, signal loss is as real as climate change. Epigaze Audio’s Neutrino combines a high-quality buffer with a boost and then throws in a few smartly designed features on top. The pedal offers dual outputs (one is buffer only), two impedance settings (for all you vintage fuzz lovers), and a “body” switch. As a true boost should, the Neutrino doesn’t kill you with gain. There was plenty of heft without the fizzy high end.
After placing the Neutrino at the front of my signal chain, I was almost embarrassed to discover how much high end I was losing from all my pedals and cables. Even without a temperamental Fuzz Face in the mix, the impedance settings were fun to mix and match along with the body switch (which acts as a bass cut). Overall, the transparency of the boost circuit was impressive and rarely did I find myself turning the knob past noon. My favorite setting was with the imp switch in the down position and the body switch off—a great bluesy growl. Buffers can be boring, but the mad scientists at Epigaze have created an essential, but sometimes overlooked, tool for improving your tone.
Test gear: Fender Stratocaster, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Benson Monarch