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Effects

When is an overdrive more than an overdrive? When it touches on distortion and fuzz as well.

Wide range of dirty tones. Touches on the fuzz spectrum.

Can’t use boost circuit on its own.

$269

Silktone Overdrive+
silktone.org

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Bohlinger Builds a Gig-Ready “Broadway” Pedalboard
Bohlinger Builds the Ultimate Broadway Pedalboard for Gigging in Downtown Nashville

JB gets a little help from his pedal friends and puts together the ideal stomp station for performing in Music City's SoBro district.

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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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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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Excellent interface design enables this evolutionary unit to go toe-to-toe with multi-modeler titans.

Exceptional, and exceptionally intuitive, interface. Road-worthy build. Easy for modeler newbies to get started.

Many models exhibit trebly, fizzy tendencies. No amp capture capability. Less expansive user community than competition.

$1,699

Fender Tone Master Pro
fender.com

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There are a few ways to think about powerful multi-modelers like the Fender Tone Master Pro. On one hand, they address 21st-century music industry realities—namely that everyone from wedding bands to high-profile touring acts can scarcely afford the techs and transport required to maintain and move heaps of gear. They are a natural fit for home recording, enabling a lot of players to make huge sounds in small spaces. Philosophically speaking, they also reflect the state—and possibilities—of a super-postmodern art moment, where every sound can be accessed, ingested, inhaled, scrambled, and reassembled in any way a musician’s whims and processing power may take them.

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