December 2019

Distortion

ARTICLES

Quick Hit: Hamstead Odyssey Review

October 30, 2019
Three choices each for input-gain, EQ mode, and clipping circuits add up to impressive boost, overdrive, and distortion flexibility.
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Electro-Harmonix Announces the Reissue of 1973 V2 Ram's Head Big Muff Pi

October 18, 2019
The new pedal is housed in a pedalboard friendly die-cast chassis and equipped with a few select updates for convenience.
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Electro-Harmonix Launches the Nano Operation Overlord

October 7, 2019
A mini version of the company's JFET overdrive.
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Jam Pedals Releases the Double Dreamer

October 1, 2019
A combo of the company's Tubedreamer and Lucydreamer pedals in a single stomp.
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Ramble FX Kismet Review

September 29, 2019
Many shades of dirty bliss are to be had in this highly tailorable and expression-pedal-enabled overdrive.
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MidValleyFx Double-Amp Distorter Review

September 18, 2019
Two wide-ranging op-amps with a delightfully rowdy edge.
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Sitek Electronics Releases the Wuffy Distortion

September 10, 2019
A high-gain distortion pedal featuring a totally analog circuit.
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Darkglass Microtubes X Review

September 5, 2019
The Finnish bass experts distill much of their X7 distortion pedal’s magic into a smaller, lighter, more affordable box.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Six Review

September 4, 2019
A sextet of superior overdrive and distortion voices adds up to dirt-crafting versatility.
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Gamechanger Audio and Third Man Records Announce the Plasma Coil

July 24, 2019
The limited-edition version adds multiple Octaver-style circuits, and an additional effects footswitch that can be toggled as latching or momentary.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Fender Smolder Acoustic OD, Trapper, MTG: LA, Pour Over & Reflecting Pool Demos

July 20, 2019
A 6-pack of new offerings includes a trippy delay/reverb, a tube-driven collaboration with Bruce Egnater, and the weirdest pedal the company has ever made.
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Victory V4 The Kraken Review

June 18, 2019
Packaging the Kraken amp’s preamp in a stompbox yields a flexible, malleable, and monstrous high-gain machine.
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Hovercraft Introduces the Laguna Sunride

June 13, 2019
A three-channel distortion/fuzz mashup.
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Dwarfcraft Devices Releases Limited-Edition Eau Claire Thunder

May 29, 2019
A smaller, streamlined enclosure and control interface for a slick modern exterior, with germanium diodes and NOS Fairchild 2n5133 transistors.
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Abasi Concepts Pathos Review

May 14, 2019
An uncommonly articulate and detailed high-gain machine.
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Caroline Hawaiian Pizza Review

May 10, 2019
Don’t hold the pineapple!
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MXR Releases the Raijin Drive

April 26, 2019
The newest collaboration with Shin Suzuki reinvents two iconic Japanese stompboxes—an overdrive and a distortion—with greater tonal range and usability so that those beloved sounds can keep up with the modern tone chase.
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Magnetic Effects Lonely Robot Review

April 19, 2019
A malleable, many-headed RAT clone that can be menacing or mellow.
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Spiral Electric FX Releases the Yellow Spiral Drive

March 19, 2019
Designed to be a versatile distortion, it's based on the DOD 250 but with some choice alterations.
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Fredric Effects Announces the Verzerrer, Utility Perkolator MkII, and Dresden Synth Fuzz MkII

March 7, 2019
These three unusual effects are newly designed in wedge enclosures with top-mounted jacks.
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