Pedals

A thunderous, ripping riff on the Ram’s Head theme.

Cutting, open, and airy fuzz that communicates chord detail and packs a punch.

You can, ostensibly, buy the same pedal without a signature and with less fancy paint for 17 bucks less.

$132

Electro-Harmonix J Mascis Ram's Head Big Muff Pi
ehx.com

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4.5
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If there is a single quality that distinguishes the music of Dinosaur Jr., it is the band’s knack for wedding brute force to heart-wrenching melodicism. And though much is made of the band’s volume, the most important pillars in Dinosaur Jr.’s musical architecture are the deceptively tuneful sensibilities of songwriter and guitarist J Mascis.

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This space-saving echo delivers a digital version of the classic tape unit.

Immersive, lush delay textures that sound fantastic in small doses or super-wet settings. Clever consolidation of Space Echo controls. Fun to use. Sturdy.

No independent bass and treble settings.

$259

Boss RE-2 Space Echo
boss.info

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As good as digital emulations are today, there’s not much engineers can do to approximate the tactile experience of interacting with vintage hardware. Few devices illustrate this divide quite as effectively as tape echoes. Take it from a masochist who knows—tape echoes are intrinsically infuriating machinery. They break often, sometimes spectacularly, always expensively, and generally at the most inconvenient possible time. Think of your most-disloyal-ever significant other: Chances are, your fave tape echo will beat them hands-down for unreliability.

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A practical preamp for the Screamer set and fuzz lovers alike.

Independent boost and drive circuits. Impressive and unexpected fuzz tones. Super versatile.

Differences between styles can be subtle at lower gain settings.

$249

DSM Humboldt Silver Linings
simplifieramp.com

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There’s a new contender for the best TS overdrive in the known universe.

Very well built, great sounding, and impressively dynamic and versatile. Awesome “adapt” control.

It’s expensive.

$299

Origin Effects Halcyon Green Overdrive
origineffects.com

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Though they have steadily built an impressive and varied lineup of top-quality pedals, England’s Origin Effects is probably best known for its Cali76 series, which channeled many facets of the legendary and coveted Urei 1176 studio compressor into top-quality stompboxes and set a new standard for pedal compressors.

Origin is not afraid of new directions though. Nor, it seems, are they afraid of entering very crowded effect categories. And the Halcyon Green Overdrive reveals how meticulous, imaginative pedal design and rugged construction can make even a circuit derived from the ubiquitous Tube Screamer feel like something special.

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