WE’VE RECEIVED LOTS OF NEW PEDALS SINCE THE NAMM
show last January, and after reviewing many of them over the
past few months, we wound up with an assortment of boxes
that included some slick new distortion and fuzz units, a fresh
take on the Cry Baby wah, and a rotary-speaker simulator.
While the sheer number of new pedal releases can induce symptoms
of stress—including acute indecision when it comes to figuring
out what to add to your pedalboard, and a propensity for dryness
of the mouth upon realizing that the spigots on your power supplies
are used up—the good part is that with some much R&D
going on in the stompbox scene it’s getting hard to find pedals that
don’t make a pretty good case for their existence.
Guitar players who are looking for a greater variety of
sounds have it especially good now, as many well-known companies
are vying to create pedals that can deliver some pretty
radical effects that are still completely useable—as is the case
with the Electro-Harmonix’ new Ring Thing and the Soundblox
Pro Series distortion pedals that we’ve included in this
We tested these pedals using a Gibson Historic ’59 Les Paul,
a PRS 22, and an Epiphone Wilshire, and we played them though
several different combo amps, including a Fender ’65 Deluxe
Reverb, a Dr. Z EZG 50, a Fryette Memphis 30, a Victoria 20112,
and a Rivera Venus 6.
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