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Rig Rundown: Henry Kaiser's Five Times Surprise

A studio visit with the new gear-heavy improv/art-rock supergroup that includes Henry Kaiser, Andy West, and Anthony Pirog.

Let’s really eyeball the Plasma Pedal, which makes distortion happen by creating a series of high-voltage discharges within a xenon-gas-filled tube. “It seems like there’s a hundred gates at different frequency bandwidths,” Henry relates. “It has a really strange way of shutting down the signal.” Coupled with other overdrives, it’s kinda insane—if you’ll pardon the technical terminology. Henry describes it as his new “favorite child.”

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