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Distortion

First Look: Joe Gore Pedals Porkolator

June 18, 2018
Want something that's transparent and Ms. Priss? Well, this oddball pedal loosely based on Steve Albini's secret weapon ain't that. Watch John Bohlinger take on this harmonic monster.
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SoundBrut Announces the DRVA MkII

May 23, 2018
The upgrades include a quieter switch, treble-cut pot, and a simplified Q control.
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Land Devices HP-2 Review

May 8, 2018
This fine Harmonic Percolator derivative leaves you wondering why the circuit remains a relative secret.
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Alexander Pedals Releases the Defender

May 7, 2018
The pedal features multiple digital drives ranging from subtle to massive digital fuzz paired with a full control panel of secondary effects.
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Keeley Electronics Unveils the El Rey Dorado Distortion

April 27, 2018
A collaboration with Riff City Guitar that aims to capture that classic British plexi-style tone.
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Pigtronix Releases the Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro

April 23, 2018
The new version takes the original pedal’s optical sustain engine and lets you mix in a layer of germanium-enhanced distortion.
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Free the Tone Unveils the String Slinger and Fire Mist

April 23, 2018
The String Slinger aims to hit the American blues sound symbolized during the classic "blackface" period.
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Deep Space Devices Unveils the Red Ghost Distortion

April 9, 2018
The company's first pedal is a high-gain stomp with a single knob and two toggle switches that control the tone.
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Trinalog Introduces the Effect Station

March 14, 2018
The compact analog multi-effect system takes the pain and complexity out of pedalboards and provides a tone station that is small enough to fit in your backpack.
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Malekko Releases the Downer and Thicken

March 14, 2018
One combines the power of wavefolding or saturation with pitch shifting down to one octave while the second offers multi-tap delay modes plus an independent chorus.
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Ramble FX Announces the Kismet

March 8, 2018
The pedal features a completely analog signal path with progressive diode clipping.
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Hamstead Soundworks Unveils the Odyssey Drive Pedal

March 5, 2018
The pedal features three clipping circuits, guitar and amp tone shaping, and 20 dB of clean treble and bass boost.
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Tonal Tinker Toys: Reader Pedalboards 2018

February 23, 2018
When it comes to pedal puzzles and putting together your dream sound rig, there’s no right way—just your way. Check out these boards from your fellow readers, and be inspired!
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Eclectic Effecting 101: How to Use Stock Pedals to Unlock New Sounds

February 10, 2018
A hands-on guide to using chains of pedals to create enigmatic, spooky, and downright crazy sounds.
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NAMM '18 - Victory Amps Countess V4 Preamp Pedal, V30 Countess MkII & VX100 Super Kraken Demos

February 7, 2018
British circuit guru Martin Kidd debuts a line of preamp pedals and an update to a high-gain monster.
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NAMM '18 - Line 6 HX Effects

February 6, 2018
Check out the elegant new option that lets you use Helix effects with a traditional amp setup.
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NAMM '18 - Crazy Tube Circuits Constellation, Ziggy V2, Stoned Hz & Locomotive Demos

February 5, 2018
See and hear three new guitar pedals—a fuzz, an overdrive, and a micro modulation unit—plus a bass dirtbox from a Greek stomp company with a big worldview.
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NAMM '18 - Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor Demo & Katana Air

January 31, 2018
The stompbox vets' new tone-stacked board features AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology that aims for more nuanced, three-dimensional cab simulations.
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NAMM '18 - ProCo RAT Tail Distortion Cable and V Cable

January 28, 2018
When a cable’s more than a cable: the RAT Tail distortion and the RapcoHorizon V.
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NAMM '18 - Fender The Bends, Mirror Image, Marine Layer, Santa Ana & Level Set Buffer Demos

January 28, 2018
Watch an in-depth demo of the company's latest foray into stomps, including a rather musical delay, a unique dual distortion, and a tone saver.
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