December 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.

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IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost Review homepage

IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost: The Premier Guitar Review

November 30, 2020
An understated, utilitarian buffer/boost/preamp that can profoundly reshape your tones.
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Boss OC-5 Review homepage

Boss OC-5 Octave: The Premier Guitar Review

November 20, 2020
Convincing 12-string tones, anyone? The compact-stomp vets retreat from less-used OC-3 features while preserving vintage octave vibes and serving up stunning new capabilities.
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JHS Supreme fuzz review homepage

JHS Supreme: The Premier Guitar Review

November 13, 2020
Classic fuzz-pedal chaos meets modern tone shaping.
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Danelectro 3699 Fuzz Review homepage

Danelectro 3699: The Premier Guitar Review

October 19, 2020
One of the furriest, foxiest fuzz machines ever is reborn in a compact and more capable incarnation.
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Ananasounds Ages Review homepage

Tweaker or Freaker?

October 18, 2020
It can strain the brain, but this incredibly flexible (and fun) harmonic trem stands out in a multitude of modulated ways. The PG Anasounds Ages review.
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Origin Effects RevivalTREM review homepage

Origin Effects RevivalTREM: The Premier Guitar Review

October 16, 2020
A positively luxurious stomp nails the liquid textures of brown-panel Deluxe bias tremolo.
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EHX Oceans 12 Review homepage

Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12: The Premier Guitar Review

October 15, 2020
A compact and powerful multi-verb offers abundant options and probes abyssal reverb realms.
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HILBISH Compressimiser review homepage

A Comp Meant to Mash with the Melvins Maestro

October 14, 2020
Buzzo’s signature squish machine is surprisingly subtle. The PG Hilbish Compressimiser review.
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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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Death By Audio Rooms review homepage

Death By Audio Rooms: The Premier Guitar Review

October 11, 2020
Unique, complex reverb tones lurk in a fun and imaginative stomp that’s an ergonomic and utilitarian delight.
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Flower Pedals Hosta Auto Wah review homepage

An Auto-Wah That Aims for More

October 8, 2020
This soulful filtering machine dishes warm fundamental tones, smooth envelope effects, and rich, throbbing modulation textures. The PG Flower Pedals Hosta review.
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Fender MTG Tremolo review homepage

Fender MTG Tube Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

October 6, 2020
A toneful trembler packed with vintage tics and new tricks.
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Keeley Eccos review homepage

Keeley Eccos Delay/Looper: The Premier Guitar Review

October 4, 2020
This Jimi-in-a-Box mixes analog delay colors, flange effects, and 60 seconds of stereo looping.
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Mad Professor Super Black review homepage

Classic Fender Amps in the Palm of Your Hand

September 30, 2020
The PG Mad Professor Super Black review.
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Alexander Superball homepage

Bounce Your Way to Madness

September 29, 2020
Mad modulator? Dipsy delay? Flipped filter? Slippery sequencer? Maybe it’s a tuneful popcorn machine in a box! The PG Alexander Superball review.
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Fuzzrocious Croak Review homepage

Add Filter to Fuzz … and Freak Out

September 28, 2020
Gazillions of tone colors lurk in this box of swampy fuzz and funky filters. The PG Fuzzrocious Croak review.
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Source Audio EQ2 Review homepage

Source Audio EQ2: The Premier Guitar Review

September 25, 2020
It may not seem as "cool" as a raging fuzz or a complicated modeler, but this programmable wonder can unlock literally thousands of tones lurking within your existing rig.
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Caroline Megabyte Review homepage

Friendly Alien Seeks Echo Romance with the Digi-Curious

September 24, 2020
Need help overcoming irrational analog-delay addiction? This PT2399-driven fox will sweetly, gently (or not) lead the way. The PG Caroline Guitar Company Megabyte review.
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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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Korora Audio Merlo review homepage

Classic-to-Wacky Trem Sounds, Easy ‘n’ Breezy

September 22, 2020
The PG Korora Merlo review.
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