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An undersung rhythmic vibe enhancer gets a compact and capable reissue.

Unique, inspiring, and fun effect. Stereo functions open up lots of potential. Works well with other effects.

Compact footprint makes it hard to access some essential functions. Can be confusing to learn.

$169

Boss Slicer
boss.info

5
3.5
3.5
5


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We use a refrigerator and the hot summer sun to see if this pedal’s Active Bias Monitor makes it one of the coolest germanium fuzzes on the market.

Jaw-dropping array of germanium-flavored fuzz and drive tones, recallable more consistently than perhaps any other germanium fuzz on the market. Robust build.

None.

$249

Silktone Fuzz
silktone.org

5
5
5
5


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An impressive taste of what lurks in the King’s chambers for players on a budget.

Thick, smooth boost and overdrive tones that don’t obscure guitar and amplifier voices. Highly dynamic and touch sensitive. Crazily versatile. Great value.

Distortion voice can feel significantly less dynamic and more compressed.

$149

MXR Duke of Tone
jimdunlop.com

4.5
4.5
4.5
5

The first time I understood the magic of Analog Man’s King of Tone was in a casual conversation with Luther Dickinson. Luther is a warm, enthusiastic guy who can light up talking about a tree, a drum machine, or an old car. But even Luther waxed a little extra rhapsodically when he talked about the King of Tone—and this was from a guy that, given his druthers, would probably, quite happily, never use a boost or overdrive pedal at all.

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