LOVEPEDAL’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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
KUDOS Fat, articulate boost.
KUDOS Three waveforms. Killer
CONCERNS Some controls inside
KUDOS Beautiful, vintage-like
CONCERNS Initial tweaking a bit
KUDOS Stunning swirl.
CONCERNS Some controls inside
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