There is so much great new gear at the show this year that it is difficult to choose favorites, but here is a tiny sampling of pedals that caught my ear:
Where to begin? These pedals are handmade in Greece and they look and sound fantastic. Jam makes everything from quasi-clones of '60s and '70s classics to entirely original designs such as the Big Chill "super tremolo" and custom multi-effect combos in far out casings. The paint jobs alone are worth the price of entry. I'll be shooting video at the Jam Pedal booth later today. http://www.jampedals.com
The SwirlPool was built by legendary amp designer James Brown, and is his first non-distortion-type effect. It combines synchronized analog tremolo and vibrato circuits that can run at two different speeds, and you can ramp up and down for Leslie-like effects. http://www.amptweaker.com
William Mathewson makes really interesting, creative, and deep pedals, including three Geiger Counter models. The Geiger Counter is a hi-tech distortion and bit crushing device that produces literally hundreds of sounds.
The 3D-Shaman Chorus is a BBD analog pedal with three outputs and fancy technology that produces a three-dimensional effect, like seeing a 3-D movie with your ears. Rivera was also showing a studio quality compressor called the Sustain Shaman. http://www.rivera.com
The DR-3 Dual Reverb and SD-1 Smooth Delay pedals sound fantastic and are packed with very cool, and in some cases unique, features. http://www.glab.com.pl/sd-1_en
Jamie Stillman showed the Rainbow Machine and Organizer pedals. The first is a way-wild harmony generator and sound mangler and the second makes your guitar sound like a cheesy '60s Farfisa organ. Cool! http://www.earthquakerdevices.com
Other non-pedal things I liked included the Two-Rock EXO15 amp, the Bad Cat Bobcat 100 combo, the Carvin HH2 Allan Holdsworth guitar, the Fishman Triple Play wireless guitar controller, and the Ampeg Heritage R-12R Reverberocket amp, the DigiTech iStomp virtual stompbox (well, this is a type of pedal), the Radial Firefly Tube DI, and the Mackie DL1608 iPad mixer.
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