mark knopfler

The spirit of a high-gain legend lives in a rangeful and elegant stompbox.

Captures much of the essence of the SLO-100. Great gain range. Nice dynamics. Excellent value.

Could use more range in the lower gain settings.

$229

Soldano SLO Pedal
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