March 2020

Reviews: Effects

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

ARTICLES

EBS OctaBass Blue Label: The Premier Guitar Review

February 16, 2020
The Swedish bass pros slim down their octaver while imbuing it with gut-shaking low end and analog warmth.
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This Stompbox Wants to Be Your Bass Player

February 14, 2020
It offers low-octave action on your three bottom strings, leaving the top three alone—but does it sound like a bass? The PG OPFXS Dig Deep Quick Hit review.
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An 18V Mistress for the Rest of Us

February 13, 2020
Looking for a Gilmour-esque flanger? Here's a compact and buttery-sounding take on the Pink Floyd legend's Animals-era modulation machine. The PG Retro-Sonic Flanger review.
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Five Upscale Ambient Reverb Voices, One Very Entry-Level Price

February 11, 2020
This Spin FV-1-driven stomp from Italy delivers expansive sounds for just over a Benjamin. The PG Foxgear Rainbow review.
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Amp in a Box? This Thing Feels More Like a Baby Recording Console

February 9, 2020
Expansive EQ- and drive-shaping capabilities meet studio-level precision. The PG Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact review.
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Looking for Skindred Guitar Tones in a Box? This Pedal Might Be for You

February 5, 2020
Reggae-metal guitarist Mikey Demus and ThorpyFx's Adrian Thorpe help create a dirt pedal dripping with tonal possibilities. The PG Redbeard Effects Red Mist MkIV review.
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Electro-Harmonix Ram’s Head Big Muff: The Premier Guitar Review

February 3, 2020
Matthews and company chase the sound of the most coveted vintage Big Muff and come dang close to hitting the mark—and for less than 100 bucks.
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Step Into the Bizarre with This Chaos Generator

January 31, 2020
This LFO-driven tone mangler expands the vocabularies of expression-pedal-enabled stomps. The PG TWA Side Step review.
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Darkglass Electronics Harmonic Booster: The Premier Guitar Review

January 24, 2020
The Finnish company revives its first pedal and packs it with even more tone-shaping functionality.
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Is This the Most Versatile Compressor Ever?

January 14, 2020
Bonus: This squeeze box includes an amazing EQ and boost. The PG Jackson Audio Bloom review.
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Filth and Eight Flavors of Modulated Flickering in a Single Pedal? Why Not!

January 9, 2020
This true analog effect serves up distortion and tremolo—including optical—using a digital helping hand. The PG Mattoverse TremStortion review.
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Is a Nice Volume Pedal Worth $140?

January 2, 2020
Especially when competing designs with shrunken footprints have upped the ante? The PG Xotic 250k Volume Pedal review.
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Meris Hedra Review

December 20, 2019
A trippy, triple-headed pitch shifter.
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Quick Hit: Karma MTN-10 Review

December 15, 2019
An updated take on the other green dirtbox.
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TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 X4 Review

December 13, 2019
Four times as famous!
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Nano Operation Overlord Review

December 6, 2019
Mike Matthews’ feature-packed latest aims for budget-conscious MVP status as an overdrive for guitar, bass, and beyond.
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Quick Hit: MXR Clone Looper Review

November 27, 2019
Looping made stupidly simple ... and a lot more fun.
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The Year in Gear 2019

November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
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Paradox Futura Review

November 20, 2019
A Jekyll and Hyde of modulation uses envelope-driven dynamics to open up pretty-to-twisted chorus frontiers.
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Quick Hit: Prescription Electronics C.O.B. Review

November 17, 2019
The boutique 1990s octave-fuzz is back, with mouthwatering tones and improved pedalboard friendliness.
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