Weird becomes wonderful in a heady, ambitious modulation pedal that somehow always sounds organic.

Super diverse and versatile modulation sounds with uncanny musicality.

Discerning and predicting some knob functions can be confusing.

$199

Catalinbread Many Worlds
catalinbread.com

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Named after physicist Hugh Everett III’s quantum-mechanics theory of the multiverse, the Catalinbread’s Many Worlds phaser takes a tonal trajectory arcing back to the mid-’70s Phase 90 and fractures it, Schrödinger’s cat-style, with eight stages and eight LFO modes. Five knobs govern up to eight parameters and five traditional LFO types—sine, square, sawtooth, reverse-sawtooth, and triangle—plus two envelope-dependent sine modes that trigger varying levels of phase sweep (one downward, one up) based on the intensity of your string attack. In “battle” mode, two sine waves with independently controllable speeds compete to dominate the phase output.

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A safe space for savage fuzz.

Absolutely ripping fuzz sounds that balance sustain and chaos. Cool low-gain and volume-attenuated textures. Sturdy construction. Cool control layout.

High gain sounds rob pedal of some of its nuance

$179

Pigtronix Star Eater
pigtronix.com

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Though it feels sacrilegious to say, sometimes you need a break from fuzz—a chance to rest the ears, to bathe in the overtones of a little reverb, or just listen to the birds sing. That’s the place I was in when the Pigtronix Star Eater arrived. An hour later I wasn’t nearly as interested in the birds anymore.

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Fitted and non-fitted risers and frames designed to work with popular effects pedals and pedalboards.

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