october 2019

Spring-reverb junkies rejoice: This brilliant offering from France puts three amp-rivaling ambience options right on your pedalboard.


Recorded using a Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom with Curtis Novak Tele-V bridge and JM-V neck pickups going into a Ground Control Tsukuyomi boost (set at 9 o’clock) and then into a Warehouse G10C/S-equipped 1976 Fender Vibrolux Reverb (with reverb off) miked with a Royer R-121 and feeding an Apogee Duet going into GarageBand with no EQ-ing, compression, or effects.
Clip 1: Le Bon tank (first bypassed) then with two different settings: 1) All controls at noon and spring-saturation switch off, first in middle pickup position, then neck pickup. 2) Out and low at max, mix at 2 o’clock, and high at 10 o’clock, first in middle pickup position, then in middle pickup position with spring-saturation switch engaged.
Clip 2: Same as clip 1, but with La Brute tank.
Clip 3: Same as clip 1, but with Le Truand tank.
 

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Pros:
Adds world-class spring-reverb sounds of all stripes to any amp. Great build. Reasonable price.

Cons:
Requires careful pedalboard placement and possibly extra padding, particularly for heavy stompers.

Street:
$349 street (Premium bundle, tested), $249 (Le Bon bundle), $279 (La Brute bundle), $299 (Le Truand bundle)

Anasounds Element
anasounds.com



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An abundance of ambient reverb colors from an intuitive, compact stomp.

 

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Pros:
Flexible feedback loop functionality in ambience mode. Simple design and operation.

Cons:
A few more basic, traditional reverb colors might be nice.

Street:
$199

Rocket Surgeon Ice Caves
nordstrandaudio.com


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