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Our Final Week of Pedalmania for 2023!

Pedalmania Week 5 2023

You could win pedals from AmpRX, Amplified Parts, Atomic Amps, Pigtronix, or Revv Amplification!


AmpRX BrownBox Tube Amplifier Input Voltage Attenuator

The BrownBox by AmpRx is an input voltage attenuator for tube amplifiers.
All tube amps, both vintage and modern, are designed to run at an optimal voltage - vintage being the lowest at around 110V and modern amps coming in at about 117-118V. The problem is that at any point, at any place, you can get anywhere from 120-130VAC out of the wall. It’s not good for your tone, and it’s not good for the health of your amplifier-whether it’s vintage or not. Furthermore, we know that voltage supply can change drastically from club to club, from your home to rehearsal space and even between studios. With its proprietary 5-amp transformer and flexible attenuation options, the AmpRx BrownBox lets you bring that voltage down to an optimal level for YOUR gear, resulting in significantly improved amp performance - keeping your components and tubes healthy, and your tone tasty.

120 Volt AC, 60 Hz, 5 Amp Voltage Attenuator supplies up to 540 Watts, designed for small or mid to larger sized amplifiers (i.e. Fender Deluxe/Bassman/Twin, Marshall 50w/100w, Vox AC30). Can also be used for parallel or dual amp rigs.

AmpRX
$349.00

Mod Electronics Seismic/Shift

The Seismic / Shift is a JFET boost is a DIY pedal kit, based on one of the earliest effects to ever be used on stage. This pedal adds subtle color to a guitar's sound while maintaining the natural tone of the guitar. It packs a serious punch that can cut through any mix when soloing or whenever some extra “umph” is required. The Seismic Shift pairs nicely with amps and other pedals. Place it ahead of tubes, preamps, overdrives, distortions, and fuzz pedals to shift your gear onto a new level.

Amplified Parts
$46.95

Atomic Amplifiers Ampli-Firebox MKII

Ampli-Firebox MKII is the updated and enhanced version of Atomic's world's first stompbox-sized, pro level, digital amp and cabinet modeler. In addition to offering over 20 stunningly accurate amp models that span from vintage pristine clean to modern metal and beyond, it includes a carefully curated collection of cabinet models as well as delay, reverb, compression and gate effects. Ampli-Firebox MKII is equally in the studio, on stage or at home.

Atomic Amplifiers
$$399.95

Pigtronix Cosmosis Stereo Morphing Reverb Effects Pedal

Years in the making and the first of its kind, Cosmosis is a stereo, high-fidelity ambient reverb that allows musicians to tailor three original spaces—Theatre, Temple, and Cosmos—as well as manipulate them in real time. In addition to controls for the size of the reverb, wet/dry blend, and filtering, Cosmosis features a unique Morph function that allows musicians to alter their reverb settings in real-time by pressing the left footswitch. The three space algorithms found inside of Cosmosis are all-original and truly unique. Theatre puts the player in a variable room that ranges from cozy to highly reflective using multiple parallel short reverberators. Temple occupies a dramatic, large indoor space by implementing numerous long reflections in both parallel and series. And Cosmos creates an enormous spectrum of heavenly reverb derived from the harmonic content it’s fed. The Morph feature found in Cosmosis provides a simple way for players to trigger a gradual change to various reverb parameters over a specified amount of time set by the accompanying Morph Rate knob. Players can set both “red” and “green” values on their Tone, Blend, and Size knobs, then engage the Morph footswitch to oscillate between the two reverbs at their desired rate. Any combination of knobs can be assigned to morph. Create elegant morphs for subtle movement or sweeping, cinematic morphs for dramatic sound design effects. Save up to four custom reverb presets, including morphing. Cosmosis runs on standard 9VDC power.

Pigtronix
$219.00

Revv G3 Purple Channel Preamp/Overdrive/Distortion Pedal

G3 Purple Ch Preamp/Hi-Gain Pedal
Revv
$229.00

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.

$699

Martin 0-X2E
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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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How do you capture what is so special about Bill Frisell’s guitar playing in one episode? Is it his melodies, his unique chord voicings, his rhythmic concept, his revolutionary approach to pedals and sounds…? It’s all of that and much more.

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