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Escape Plan Pedals Asphalt Launch Distortion and Launch Code

North Carolina's Escape Plan Pedals featured their new Asphalt Launch distortion and Launch Code fuzz/octave/glitch machine here at Winter NAMM. The former is a grinding, punkish distortion, the latter, however, is way more musical than the 8-bit graphics suggest. A very effective wet/dry blend is key to its versatility, as is the 2-position octave voice switch that moves from deep low-end rumble to tweezy top-end emphasis. Nice builds and a nice price too at $160 a pop.

Fender Hammertone Pedals Demo | First Look

John Bohlinger tests out a handful of the compact, budget-friendly gray tone boxes designed by effects guru Stan Cotey.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

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