With its cascading Marshall-meets-Boogie tones, this Danish dirt box is a simple, oft-transformative delight.

Powerful variety of responsive high-gain tones. Makes small amps sound huge!

Decay can sound unusual at low-gain settings. Could benefit from a more powerful EQ.


LunaStone Deep Metal


With its oversized, comfortingly luminescent red lamp, dark finish, and diagonal control array, the latest from Danish stomp outfit LunaStone—the Deep Metal—is simple and handsomely evocative of WWII-era military electronics. And like said devices, its aesthetics belie the mayhem it unleashes. Innards consist of two PCBs that nearly run the length of the enclosure and face inward, thus concealing a view of the analog circuit's primary tone generators—a combination of clipping diodes and an op-amp driven by JFETs and BJTs (bipolar junction transistors). Designer Steen Grøntved says the goal of the Deep Metal was "an old-school heavy metal 'square sound.'" LunaStone certainly succeeded.

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The newer version packs more low end and increases the gain.

Copenhagen, Denmark (April 3, 2017) -- Following the successful launch of TrueOverDrive 1 at NAMM 2017, the Danish guitar pedal brand LunaStone now follows up with a new overdrive pedal – TrueOverDrive 2.

TOD 2 looks very similar to TOD 1. In fact, on the surface only the number on the silk print sets them apart, but once they are plugged in, it becomes clear that TOD 2 adds more low end and a little more gain.

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This rock-solid boost offers more than its one-knob setup might suggest.

It’s easy to dismiss one-knob wonders due to a perceived lack of bells and whistles. I’ve been guilty of that before, but LunaStone’s the Pusher is a devastatingly beautiful clean boost that is bound to shatter some expectations. One big question when it comes to a boost pedal is if it simply ups the volume or adds some extra gain, too. My preference is always for a straight volume boost, and the Pusher understands that. It gets me. With the knob at noon, it gives a healthy bump without infringing on the tone of my amp or the job of its neighboring dirt pedals.

It also found use as an “always-on” pedal at the front of my board. The increased signal breathed some tonal life into my Strymon Mobius (especially on the filter mode) and my Truetone Route 66. An extra little signal boost helps even out the various gain stages and gives more power to my guitar’s volume knob—a sorely underused tool. At less than a Benjamin, the Pusher is very affordable, doesn’t under-deliver, and, most important, doesn’t get in the way.

Test gear: Fender Stratocaster, Ibanez SZ320, Fender Hot Rod DeVille ML

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