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Streamline your stage or studio rig and increase your tone options at the same time with one of these speaker-simulation pedals.

For any player who is less than enamoured with the idea of repeatedly hauling a heavy cab to a gig or studio session, and the effort involved with cabling and mic placement, the addition of a cab sim pedal to your 'board could be a gamechanger. We've rounded up a sampling of 10 options to help you minimize your footprint while maximizing your efficiency and tone.
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A large palette of tremolo tones in a tiny package.

Hotone’s Skyline Opto Tremolo dishes out modern warble in an extremely tiny footprint. It’s a perfect micro-pedal for the guitarist who likes to travel light without leaving essential effects at home. It includes the controls you might expect (speed, depth, color) plus a hard switch for more stuttering effects. It can cover much stylistic ground, from the classic “Born on the Bayou” setting to the pulsing chords of R.E.M’s “Crush with Eyeliner.” The controls lose some mojo at subtle settings, but the hard switch compensates for any volume loss. The sweet spot, though, is brisk settings with the hard switch engaged. (Think Pink Floyd’s “Money.”)

Test Gear: Fender Stratocaster, Ruokangas Mojo, Fender ‘65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, 65Amps Empire

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