New player- and performance-centric features make a compact tone toolbox even more powerful and flexible.


Rhythm: Fender Champ w/ Telecaster, Blonde
Lead 1: Gibson LP, DI, Delay w/ Shimmer
Lead 2: Gibson LP, DI, Plexi w/ Cali engaged
 

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Great sounding effects in a super-compact, plug-and-play format. Expanded effects functionality. New effects loop.

Cons:
DI tones could be more natural.

Street:
$299

Tech 21 FlyRig 5 V2
tech21nyc.com


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A wildly varied modulation machine delivers familiar to far-out tone colors at a rock-bottom price.



Recorded using a Gibson SG, Fender Stratocaster and Orange TH-30. Miked with a Shure SM-57 and Apogee Duet into Logic.
Clip 1: Gibson SG with Auto Wah, Ring Mod, and Octave effects
Clip 2: Stratocaster with Flange and Chorus
 

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Pros:
Very inexpensive unit with a huge selection of effects. Tap tempo for both channels.

Cons:
Dialing in some tones on the fly can be complex. Some discernable digital artifacts.

Street:
$90

Joyo Vision Dual-Modulation
joyoaudio.com


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An abundance of ambient reverb colors from an intuitive, compact stomp.

 

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Pros:
Flexible feedback loop functionality in ambience mode. Simple design and operation.

Cons:
A few more basic, traditional reverb colors might be nice.

Street:
$199

Rocket Surgeon Ice Caves
nordstrandaudio.com


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Sitek twists the legendary Super Fuzz to expansive ends.


Recorded using a Gibson SG and Orange TH-30. Miked with a Shure SM-57 and Apogee Duet into Logic.
 

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Huge tones with excellent control and range.

Cons:
No battery option.

Street:
$165

Sitek Pandora
sitek.rocks


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