Pros: appening tones. Affordable. Loud. Cons: Limited effects tweakability. Lead boost isn’t footswitchable. Contact: (800) 451-5000; kustom.com Tascam CD-GT1
Pros: Slows down CD audio without altering pitch. Onboard preamp, effects, and tuner. Spectacular learning tool. Cons: Confusing user interface (the manual is required reading) Contact: (323) 726-0303; tascam.com Frostwave Funk-A-Duck
Pros: Extremely versatile. Sounds great. True-bypass switching. Cons: Complex. Contact: frostwave.com
Pros: Affordable. Great sound. Mute feature. Cons: Difficult to determine mute button position by sight or feel. Contact: (631) 439-3300; planet-waves.com.
Pros: Squeezes strings with even pressure. Adapts to different neck thicknesses. Compact. Cons: Requires adjustments when moving higher or lower on the neck. Contact: (707) 876-3001; shubb.com
Pros: Excellent tone and durability. Cons: None. Contact: (800) 633-5477; ehx.com.
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