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Rig Rundown: Buffalo Nichols

Although this singular stylist is based in country blues, his music reaches for the cosmos! Check out his dazzling array of pedals and rhythm boxes, and the classic instruments he uses to make trailblazing sounds live and on his new album, The Fatalist.

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On this year-end, in-person edition of Dipped In Tone, our two hosts look back on the year’s most inspiring pedals, guitars, and amps, plus the biggest gear disappointment.

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Variable clock control makes a unique mashup of modulation and delay.

Easy to use for trad’ sounds and experimentation. Unique LFO modulation. Cool delay capabilities.

No expression pedal capability. Lacks stereo output. Side-mount ¼” and DC jacks

$179

Old Blood Noise Endeavors BL-82
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Old Blood Noise Endeavors’ unique pedals tend to push back at stompbox convention. That’s certainly the case with the BL-82 Chorus Variable Clock Effector. It’s built around a Spin FV-1 digital reverb processor with two delay lines that are modulated by LFOs in opposing cycles. In this configuration, one delay line increases in pitch as the other decreases. And despite lacking stereo output, this novel modulation approach creates very complex chorus sounds in the BL-82. Chorus isn’t the only effect color on tap either. Because the delay lines each reach a maximum time of around 600 milliseconds, they permit various doubling, slapback, and long-delay effects too.

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