January

Distortion

ARTICLES

Electro-Harmonix

Electro-Harmonix Unveils the Nano Metal Muff

December 30, 2020
A compact version of the company's high-gain Muff that features extensive EQ controls and a built-in noise gate.
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Top 10 First Looks 2020

Top 10 First Looks of 2020

December 30, 2020
A shit year didn't mean shit gear—here's our most-popular gear demos featuring fresh pieces from Epiphone, Fender, Suhr, EHX, MXR, and others.
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Maxon 808 Overdrive review homepage

Maxon’s Elegant Spin on the TS808

December 28, 2020
The father of the Tube Screamer dishes a refined take on the pedal that propelled an overdrive revolution with the Apex 808.
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Friedman Smallbox

First Look: Friedman Small Box

December 22, 2020
Experience amp-style touch sensitivity in a pedal that deals high-gain horsepower and mid-gain plexi punch with ease.
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Maxon

Maxon Custom Shop Releases the SSD-9 Super Sonic Distortion

December 21, 2020
Designed by the creator of the Tube Screamer, this pedal features a handful of modifications including more output and a reshaped EQ profile.
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The Year in Gear 2020

December 17, 2020
It may be the understatement of the century, but this year was weird. Even so, the killer gear kept coming. Here are the goods that stood out as extra-great amongst our annual haul of Premier Guitar reviews.
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Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

First Look: Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

December 14, 2020
Wield the punch of a plexi in a big drive made mini.
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Boss GT-1000CORE

First Look: Boss GT-1000CORE

December 2, 2020
From heavy to heavenly: Hear the shrunken powerhouse on raunchy riffs, ethereal reverb clouds, pitch-shifted bass, and more.
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Wren and Cuff Caprid First Look

First Look: Wren and Cuff Blue Caprid

December 1, 2020
The Big Muff maniacs chase the holy mid-'70s Ram’s Head circuit to awesome ends.
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Wampler

Wampler Introduces the Plexi-Drive Mini

November 23, 2020
An improved version of the company's take on a high-gain British circuit.
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Allen Eden

Allen Eden Releases the Black Waves Distortion Pedal

November 20, 2020
A new take on the classic LM308 sound.
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Acorn Amps

Acorn Amps Introduces the Mind Killer

October 21, 2020
A dual distortion circuit that offers independent bass boost and diode toggle switches.
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Cascade Pedals Hosstortion review homepage

An ’80s Cult-Classic Reborn

October 12, 2020
Warm, articulate, natural overdrive and distortion tones offer an alternative to the same old OD blues. The PG Cascade Hosstortion review.
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FoxGear

Foxgear Unveils the Tweed 55 and Plexi 55

October 12, 2020
A pair of new stomps that aim to cop the tones of bona fide classics.
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Revv G2

Revv Amplification G2 Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

October 1, 2020
Watch Nashville ace Shawn Tubbs coax organic overdrive and boost tones out of the company's new limited-edition stomp.
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DryBell Engine Review homepage

Rangemaster Boost Meets Marshall Muscle

September 23, 2020
If you dig English non-master-volume amps, this "foundation preamp" will drive you straight to heaven. The PG Dry Bell Engine review.
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Skreddy

Skreddy Pedals Releases the Super 100

September 11, 2020
Designed to emulate the sound of a cranked British 100-watt amp.
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Way Huge

Way Huge Unveils the Smalls Green Rhino Overdrive MkV

July 30, 2020
The popular dirt box is now available in a smaller housing.
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Last Call Distortion Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

July 30, 2020
While researching guitarists’ obsession with tone, I found a fascinating take on why heightened sound frequencies excite humans.
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