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Distortion

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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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Quick Hit: Friedman Golden Pearl Review

March 3, 2019
The amp guru for heavyweights like Steve Stevens and Jerry Cantrell debuts a low-gain dirt box.
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First Look: Abasi Pathos

February 14, 2019
PG's Perry Bean grabs an EMG-loaded ESP to explore the spectrum of nastiness in the Animals As Leaders frontman's namesake dirt box.
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Quick Hit: Bogner Ecstasy Blue Mini Review

February 3, 2019
A wildly useful distortion that stretches far beyond the company’s hard-rock roots.
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NAMM '19 - JAM Pedals Delay Llama, Lucy Dreamer & Doubledreamer Demos

January 29, 2019
Two of the Greek builder’s classics get the shrunken-and-simplified treatment, while another now houses two drive units with flexible internal routing options.
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NAMM '19 - Tsakalis AudioWorks Six B.O.D. Demo

January 29, 2019
What do you get when you mix a Timmy, a Bluesbreaker, and a King of Tone? Greek stompbox guru Chris Tsakalis shows us with his innovative capacitor-less tone circuit.
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NAMM '19 - Revv D20 & G4 Demos

January 26, 2019
Watch a demo of the company's studio-focused lunchbox amp and latest hi-gain stomp.
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NAMM '19 - Fender MTG Tube Distortion, Pinwheel, Bubble Chorus, Lost Highway Phaser & Tre-Verb Demos

January 25, 2019
Along with a stomp designed to be an all-in-one for bassists, the newly launched pedals include a tube-driven distortion, reverb/trem combo, and more.
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NAMM '19 - Tech 21 Geddy Lee SansAmp YYZ & Paul Landers Signature Fly Rig Demos

January 25, 2019
Analog-amp-modeling pioneer Andrew Barta shows us the legendary Rush bassist’s streamlined preamp pedal, as well as Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers’ custom multi-effector.
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NAMM '19 - MXR | Dunlop | Way Huge Dookie Drive, Billy Gibbons Siete Santos Octavio Fuzz, Supa Lead

January 25, 2019
Listen to signature pedals for the famed ZZ Top guitarist and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong , as well as a British-sounding dirt box.
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Dusky Hypatia Review

January 17, 2019
Rowdy and refined distortion tones come naturally to Dusky’s newest stompbox.
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