Go onstage with 36 pedalboards from guitarists like Rush''s Alex Lifeson, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, ZZ Top''s Billy Gibbons, and more.

Jake Cinninger (Umphreyуs McGee)
"Cinninger starts off his signal chain with the Steel Guitar Black Box, which knocks off any wooliness, into a Morley A/B box, Fuchs Plush Drive (set as a boost) and MXR Distortion III (in case he needs extra crunch). He sets up the rest of his pedalboard with a true-bypass switching strip. The first loop is the Morley Bad Horsie and a Fuchs Royal Plush Compressor, the second is the BBE Free Fuz, the third is a Radial Tonebone Classic, the fourth is a Marion Henry Electric Fuzz Bucket (he says itуs huge David Gilmour tones), fifth is Moog Moogerfooger Analog Delay, sixth is a Boss PS-5 Super Shifter, Source Audio Hot Hand Phaser/Flanger, and Guyatone MD-3 Micro Digital Delay (рMy scary effects,с he says), seventh is a BBE Mind Bender Chorus, and eighth is the Boss PS-2 Phase Shifter."

Can a bona fide funk guru help design a better Klone?

Wide range of gain. Very useful EQ.

Doesn’t do the Klon clean boost as well as original.


Jackson Audio The Optimist


Jackson Audio’s pedal collaboration with modern funk hero Cory Wong could have taken a few different paths. Considering Wong’s style, a compressor would have been an obvious choice. Instead, the Optimist is a dual overdrive that builds on a Klon-inspired baseline, adds a second overdrive, and has a clever EQ to create a super-flexible overdrive. Named after Wong’s second album, The Optimist suits Wong’s exuberant and fun-loving personality. But it also describes the way you might approach a gig with this pedal in hand. Together, the two separate overdrives and active EQ give you enough tones to cover almost any gig this side of Slayer cover band.

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Marty Stuart

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