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Effects

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

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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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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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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

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Three of five new analog stomps from the revived brand forge unique paths from vintage origins.

Unique, vintage-colored modulations. Boost compensates for perceived volume loss.

Modulations could be a little more liquid and cohesive.

$159

Maestro Mariner Tremolo
maestroelectronics.com

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Many different effects can salvage a crappy backline situation. A nice reverb goes a long way toward making a lame amp sound okay. A delay or compressor can usually lend a little energy and mystery to an otherwise lifeless tone, too. But in my experience, few effects coax magic from garbage quite like tremolo.

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The Attack Vector combines two different effects—phase shifter and envelope filter—into a single, compact pedal.

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