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A top-flight OCD alternative that sings at a very accessible price.

Wide range of overdrive and boost tones. Exciting higher gain tones. Clear but robust boost textures. Very forgiving to use.

Might sound a touch meaty for humbucker users chasing near-clarity in boost situations.

$129

MXR Super Badass Dynamic Overdrive
jimdunlop.com

4.5
4.5
4.5
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Between MXR and Way Huge, the Jim Dunlop family of brands makes a lot of overdrives—enough that I actually lost count perusing the Dunlop web site. MXR and Way Huge’s OD stables include original designs as well as reimaginations and evolutions of stompbox fixtures. But as comprehensive as their combined overdrive rosters are, until now they did not feature an answer to the very popular Fulltone OCD.
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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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A vintage-style compressor that combines relative silence and squish.

Great sounding vintage compression. Easy to use. Lower noise floor.

Many modern comps have more options.

$199

MayFly Audio Flat Earth
mayflyaudio.com

4
4
4.5
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Traditionally, comps that come out of the Ross/DynaComp school offer three things: simple controls, that signature squish, and a bit of noise. Although the Flat Earth definitely feels like pat of this lineage, it’s relatively quiet. That’s partly thanks to a circuit that uses a LM13700 chip inside the feedback loop. A small, but significant, design choice that makes a world of difference.

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An undersung rhythmic vibe enhancer gets a compact and capable reissue.

Unique, inspiring, and fun effect. Stereo functions open up lots of potential. Works well with other effects.

Compact footprint makes it hard to access some essential functions. Can be confusing to learn.

$169

Boss Slicer
boss.info

5
3.5
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Classy design extras, ultra-buttery playability, and sweet, growling pickups distinguish this excellent ES alternative.

Faultless construction. Very nice PAF-style tones. Exceptional playability. Beautiful visual presence and cool vibe. Comes with a hard case.

The extra 200 bucks you’ll pay over the price of a more modest Epiphone ES-335 might be too much for practical players.

$899

Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera
epiphone.com

4.5
5
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4

Whatever your opinion of Oasis—and they have a way of engendering opinions—there’s little arguing that Noel Gallagher has an ear for a tune. And like many contemporary British indie guitarists and forebears like his hero, Johnny Marr, Gallagher also understands the romantic and iconographic power of a great tune played on a classic guitar—particularly as a means of asserting difference from the pop and hair metal tribes that came before.

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