Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold LTD
Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold LTD

Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold LTD, Compressor/Sustainer for Guitar from Pigtronix.

triton59 11/09/2014

Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold LTD : triton59's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
The special feature of this compressor is to take a germanium overdrive that will saturate the compressed signal.
As with the other Philosopher's tone there is no adjustment of the compression itself, one must be content to add compression to the direct signal with the blend button.
It is rather good for those who, like me, are not too gifted settings. It allows you to stay in the nails.


Setup is simple, small notice a page to read the knobs and their role very quickly.
Editing sounds is easy, it quickly from a compression type "red hot chili peppers" lead to a much more sound for solos.


As overdrive applies only compressed signal with the blend knob set to 12 it feels to play in two amps at once, a clear sound in another crunch. I hastened to test it on a tube amp to see the effect.
I find very musical compression, we feel it is calibrated to the guitar, rhythm mode we hear "pump" the time of the attacks is very nice.
In solo mode, the sustainer gives me the small side "lead" that was missing in my sound. It is very effective, I keep 1/3 of the race and the note is already ralongée several seconds.
The volume button is very powerful and the pedal can be used without harm to boost a guitarist who spend much time in the crunch.


I use it for 2-3 months.
I have not tried other models before but I spent hours watching demos of different compressors.
I was impressed by the musicality of this pedal, and an effective compression sustainer that does not meet your sound parasites. Even overdrive seems to be a detail is actually very successful with a very sweet sound.
200 € the price / quality ratio is excellent.
Completely satisfied with this purchase, I obviously do it again this choice without hesitation.