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More than a cab simulator, the UAFX OX Stomp replicates the whole environment around a cab, too.

Great cabinet tones that can quite easily stand in for the real thing. Fun and easy to use and configure. Sturdy. Onboard effects.

Some cab tones feel close to the real thing but slightly claustrophobic.

UAFX
usaudio.com

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Unlike the original OX, the OX Stomp is not a load box or attenuator. You can’t hook it right up to a vintage head. But the business of processing tone is powered by much of the same structure that drives the popular OX Box. The OX Stomp isn’t strictly a cab simulator, either. It also emulates the environment around the cabinet—room, the microphone type, as well UA compressors, delays, and reverbs. If you’ve got any kind of preamp pedal, multi-effects, or UAFX’s own amp pedals like the Ruby (Vox), Woodrow (tweed Fender), and Dream (black-panel Fender), you can have a very complete performance or recording setup in the form of two stompboxes.

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Low-gain overdrive? Tell that to the amp you just blew up with this Jekyll and Hyde stomp.

Snappy-to-nasty OD colors. Dynamically responsive. Easy to dial in a wide range of tones. Nice price. Momentary switch option.

Bass-heavy settings can sound cloudy.

$129

Electro-Harmonix Spruce Goose
ehx.com

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4.5
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I was very late to discover the Marshall Bluesbreaker. There’s no reason, really. We just didn’t cross paths often, and unlike, say, a Boss SD-1 or something, there wasn’t one lurking around every practice joint. Last year, though, I got to hang out with Marshall’s recent re-issue and was sad to see it go. So, I was equally stoked to get my hands on EHX’s Spruce Goose, which uses the Bluesbreaker as a point of departure.

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A smooth user experience and standout high-gain sounds distinguish this powerful modeler.

Easy to create new rigs. Bluetooth, amp cloner, and cloud features are very useful. Solid high-gain tones.

Some clean, breakup, and fuzz tones can sound thin and a bit stiff.

$1,299

Headrush Prime
headrushfx.com

3.5
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Borrowing a few tricks from the Boss CE-2 makes this very evolved, sweet, and fat BBD chorus a modulation star.

Intoxicating modulations. Capable of great subtlety. Thoughtful, high-quality construction.

Maybe a touch spendy for a simple BBD chorus?

$219

Mythos Fates
mythospedals.com

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4.5
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Wondering how to get me to buy a pedal on looks alone? Well, Mythos’ The Fates chorus is a fine place to start. Blue Hammerite paint, chunky enclosure, Ampeg Daka Ware-style chicken head knobs—basically the stompbox equivalent of a clean, stock ’61 Ford Falcon. Yum. You know what else is tasty? The fat and creamy modulations from this unit.

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A powerful new reverb covers almost every imaginable incarnation of the effect.

Incredible reverb tones. Limitless tweakability. Smart interface helps conquer complexity.

Expensive.

$599

Meris MercuryX
meris.us

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4.5
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