Lovepedal Mini Line

February 1, 2010

0.00gp0210_gear_stomp_love_nrLOVEPEDAL’S SEAN MICHAEL HAS BUILT a formidable reputation by producing boutique pedals that uncork organic, fat, and raging sounds. But I never expected him to do anything as whimsical and downright hilarious as the Mini Line. What a gas—a collection of vibey, professional-sounding stompboxes, each one not much bigger than a lipstick case. They’re tough little mothers with sturdy casings, switches, and knobs, and, despite their extremely slim silhouette, putting a little Velcro on their backsides ensures they won’t slip or tip over when you put the boot to ’em. I took the Minis on a few club gigs, laid out on a Coffin Case BB-110 pedal bag that also fit my tuner, wah, and volume pedal—that’s seven boxes on a svelte 23" x 11" board. The Mini crew also includes a Line Driver ($129 direct)—a buffer that combats signal loss—which I did not test.

AMP 50

Solo boosts were no problem with this puppy ($129 direct) activated. Plugged into a Mesa/Boogie Stiletto set to its crunch channel, I got very clean and articulate sustain with enough sizzle to feel as if my lines were soaring over the band. Dynamics are excellent—tweaking my guitar volume got me everywhere from clean grit to full sting. And, believe it or not, the Amp 50’s level knob is just big enough to adjust with your foot if you need more “you.”

BABYFACE TREMOLO

The Babyface ($139 direct) gives you a speed knob and three wave options (sine, sawtooth, and square), as well as internal controls for Depth and Volume (a bit of a pain as you have to open the casing, but I adjusted once and was done). You can get classic tremolo, of course, but I love to chop and stab, and the square wave delivers monstrous stutters. All choices sound meaty and articulate.

ECHO BABY

Lush, warm, and washed in tape-warble modulation (if you so choose), the Echo Baby ($219) evokes all the classic cool of Binson Echorecs and Echoplexes. Delay time is up to 760ms, so you can bring on rockabilly slapbacks, spooky lead ambiences, Fripp-like washes, and more. Setting the modulation is a spot of trouble, but once you get the basic feel rocking, depth and rate are adjusted automatically with delay time adjustments. Sweet, absolutely brilliant sound in a tiny package.

PICKLE VIBE

The Pickle ($139 direct) produces all the beautiful swoosh and swirl many of us love from Hendrix, Trower, and SRV tracks. Michael always seems to keep his pedals sounding fat, seductive, and smoky, and no exception here. Intensity must be adjusted from via a trim pot inside the box, but, again, once it’s done, it’s done (well, at least for one sound, gig, or session). Speed can be tweaked mid-performance with your foot.

LOVEPEDAL MINI LINE

AMP 50
KUDOS Fat, articulate boost. Very dynamic.
CONCERNS None

BABYFACE TREMOLO
KUDOS Three waveforms. Killer chops.
CONCERNS Some controls inside casing.

ECHO BABY
KUDOS Beautiful, vintage-like sounds.
CONCERNS Initial tweaking a bit rough.

PICKLE VIBE
KUDOS Stunning swirl.
CONCERNS Some controls inside casing.
CONTACT(248) 766-8660; lovepedal.com

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