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Pedalmania Week #6

Pedalmania Week #6

We're rounding out Pedalmania 2022 with 4 more great pedals! Enter below.

DSM Humboldt Electronics Silver Linings Drive/Preamp Pedal

The Silver Linings drive/preamp pedal easily adapts to your playing style, whether that’s blues, pop, rock, or something in between. With a wide range of tones, this pedal rivals digital modelers; only, the Silver Linings provides immediate response with dynamics you can only draw out of analog circuits. And with three style switches, you’re set for a journey filled with low-gain ballads and sonic bedlam.

DSM Humboldt Electronics

Red Panda Tensor Pitch- and Time-Shifting Pedal

The Tensor™ gives you live reverse and tape stop effects, pitch shifting, time stretching and hold functions that you can combine in creative ways. Slow down, speed up and rewind in real time. Stretch or compress time with no pitch change. Loop, overdub, and randomly slice phrases up to 9.4 seconds (4.7 seconds in stereo).

Intelligent randomization adapts to the knob settings. The results range from occasional CD skips, stutters, and rhythmic repeats to random slicing and erratic pitch shifts. Both foot switches have momentary and latching modes to inject pitch jumps, glitches, or instantly rewind what you just played.

The Tensor™ is in a pedalboard-friendly enclosure with all jacks on top. All controls are immediately accessible with well-spaced knobs for live tweaking, and USB MIDI for recording and sequencing.

Red Panda

MXR Poly Blue Octave Pedal

The MXR Poly Blue Octave brings modern and classic pitch-shifting styles together with fuzz and modulation to create the ultimate octave pedal for tonecrafters and sonic seekers.

The MXR® Poly Blue Octave is powered by a 9-volt AC adapter such as the Dunlop ECB003/ECB003EU or an MXR BrickTM Series power supply. This pedal cannot be powered by a battery.



Meet FRED = Filter + Resonance + Envelope + Distortion. FRED is amplifying, twisting and swirling frequencies in sometimes chaotic ways and will sometimes lead your tone into many unpredictable directions. FRED is very sensitive to what you feed it with. It was originally designed for Electric Bass Guitar but turned out to be fun to play with any signal coming into it. Chasing the perfect tone is a never-ending task and when the technical side is satisfied, the aesthetics are in line. This pedal is a creative Envelope Filter and with its wacky sound color it will spice up your guitar tone by adding a certain dose of vocal characteristics. For the grit lovers an overdrive signal path is included and accessed by pressing the MOD button, which in combination with the Envelope Filter generates pronounced distortion, especially in the bass frequency range.
Product specific:
The dynamic envelope sweep is controlled by the Reflex knob and determines the accent’s location - low setting responds slower with pronounced bass and high setting resounds fast with sharp sound. The strength of the accent is determined by the strength of the pluck / strum.
• SPEED 4-way rotary switch - controls the release time which affects the auto wah function;
• REFLEX pot control - chooses the frequencies that will be included in the sweep;
• MOD illuminated switch - overdrive signal path.
• ON/OFF footswitch,
• True bypass;
• IN and OUT original Cliff jacks;
• DC power input.

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This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

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Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (

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

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Martin 0-X2E


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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

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