The ingredients for a gypsy-punk dance party are simple: a sturdy 6-string, a hearty tube amp, and a few essential tone shapers.

He wired and routed this beauty himself, which currently has a TC Electronic PolyTune Noir Mini 2, Keeley Katana, Big Ear N.Y.C.’s Frank and Chaka Octave Fuzz, MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive, TC Electronic Spark Mini, a pair of Mooer Ana Echo units for varied delay times, MXR Carbon Copy, and an MXR Smart Gate. He controls all his pedals with a Carl Martin Octa-Switch MkIII and they’re all juiced up thanks to a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo.

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An overachieving overdrive that gets way bigger than its name suggests.

Sweet balanced crunch tones. Dynamic. Sparkling, full, and clean at attenuated guitar volume. High-quality build.

Pretty expensive.

$249

Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive
greateasternfx.com

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