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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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Quick Hit: SviSound RetroZoid Germanium Fuzz

October 19, 2018
From Bulgaria with love, this tiny wonder puts convincing Bender, Muff, and Fuzzrite tones in a single, pedalboard-liberating package.
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Alexander Pedals Colour Theory Review

October 12, 2018
Otherworldly synth-sequenced sounds congregate in a brilliantly designed, board-friendly box for the brave.
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Malekko Thicken Review

October 5, 2018
Wobbling for weirdos.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Op-Amp Big Muff

October 2, 2018
The black sheep of the Big Muff family returns—as brash and beastly as ever.
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Greer Amps Tomahawk Deluxe Review

September 28, 2018
Crunchy tweed tones and touch-sensitive boost in a box.
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Death By Audio Deep Animation Review

September 24, 2018
Filter turns filthy and gets spun on its head in this awesomely powerful and unconventional envelope follower.
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JHS Bonsai Review

September 20, 2018
Many modes of TS-style overdrive—every one a winner.
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Escape Plan Launch Code Review

September 19, 2018
An Atari-inspired glitch box that also serves up rich, resonant tones and unexpected musical surprises.
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Mastro Valvola LFO Optical Tremolo Review

September 18, 2018
Optical analog tremolo and a digital brain make this Italian trem’ a grab bag of modulation tricks.
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Way Huge Pork & Pickle Review

September 16, 2018
Two distinct dirt circuits come together in one pedal for bassists who appreciate freedom of choice for their grit.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

September 15, 2018
Envelope filter and octave combine to reach realms beyond the same old jam and funk riffs.
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ZVEX Vibrophase Review

September 14, 2018
ZVEX’s phaser/vibrato retains the rich, immersive modulation tones of its candle-driven design concept predecessor.
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RMI Basswitch Enhanced Overdrive Review

September 12, 2018
A bass OD that shows the combo of German engineering, top-quality parts, and modern design isn’t only for luxury cars.
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Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Review

September 10, 2018
Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
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OnkartGromt FunkyFellow Review

September 9, 2018
An envelope filter for bassists that demonstrates Norwegian farmers can be quite funky.
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Beetronics Royal Jelly Review

September 8, 2018
Double trouble from a 2-channel fuzz and overdrive blender.
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ThorpyFX Fat General Review

September 7, 2018
Parallel compression equals transparency and copious options in a top-flight British squeezebox.
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Fender Marine Layer Review

September 5, 2018
An affordable, well-made reverb pedal that nails vintage tones and dips into the ethereal.
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Stacks FX Thsee Anomaly Review

September 3, 2018
This Long Beach builder's latest features cool real-time control options and demented delay for days.
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Terry Audio White Rabbit Review

September 2, 2018
From subtle tone polishing to distinctive distortion.
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