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Gear Award 2023

The octave fuzz section from the Atreides Weirding Module gets its own star turn in a buzzing bruiser that can be absurd and beautiful.

Unusually flexible and sustain-rich octave fuzz. Fat, rubbery synth-like sounds. White-hot fuzz. Versatile tone and fuzz and sub octave levels.

Can’t entirely remove fuzz or octave signal.

$169

Way Huge Stone Burner
jimdunlop.com

5
4.5
4.5
4.5

Way Huge’s Atreides Weirding Module is one of Jeorge Tripps’ great gifts to the world. It’s a gift that keeps giving, too. The Attack Vector phaser and envelope was its first offspring. But the newest, the Stone Burner Sub Atomic octave fuzz is a killer, maybe the coolest, and probably the most practical pedal from the Atreides family. It’s an unusually useful and forgiving octave fuzz that will generate up to two sub octaves, which feature more or less prominently depending on the sub level.

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Calling all pedal lovers! You could win one of SIXTEEN pedals in this year's I Love Pedals giveaway. Come back daily for more entries, giving you dozens of chances to win! Giveaway ends March 1, 2024.

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A super sounding analog delay stalwart finds refinement in tap tempo, subdivisions, and a hold switch.

A great-sounding analog delay that’s easy to use and rather addictive in the process.

Repeats control tapers abruptly, and the two footswitches are very close together.

$269

Jam Pedals Delay Llama Mk3
jampedals.com

5
4.5
4
4.5

In this thoughtful, understated upgrade of the original Delay Llama, those sneaky folks at Jam Pedals have brought much of the essential bonus functionality of 2020’s Delay Llama Xtreme to a more compact pedal with a simple and familiar layout. Though the new Llama looks a lot like its predecessors, the Mk3 includes a tap-tempo footswitch, subdivisions switch, and a hold function—simple, practical, but critical improvements that enhance its functionality and musical capabilities considerably.

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High-end playability distinguishes an entry-level Taylor that shines, for less than 800 bucks.

Crazy playability that matches much more expensive instruments. Excellent fit and finish. Super comfortable.

Midrange can dominate in strumming situations. Expression System 2 electronics highlight midrange emphasis.

$799

Taylor 112ce-S
taylorguitars.com

4.5
5
4
5

There’s nothing new about Taylor building great, affordable guitars. Even instruments like the modest GS Mini always feel inviting and capable of inspired musical moments. The build-quality in these Tecate, Mexico-constructed guitars always impresses, too. But taking a spin with the new 112ce-S suggests that Taylor has reached another level of balance to go with their sense of affordable guitar craft.

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This tribute to the golden era of fuzz raises hairs with its classic tones, articulation, and sheer punch.

Great sounding and highly controllable up-octave fuzz, with the ability to cut through a live mix, at a nice price.

No lower octave voice. Shadow side of the balance dial can get too murky. Side-mounted jacks might be a liability on some pedalboards.

$99

Electro-Harmonix Lizard Queen
ehx.com

3.5
5
5
5


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