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  • Legends: The history of the great fuzz pedals
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    Legends: The history of the great fuzz pedals - A rundown of the most mythical fuzz pedals

    12/05/17

    Fuzzzzz! This onomatopoeia used to describe the first distorted sounds of an amp is hardly a stranger to any guitar player. The fuzz is obviously a distortion effect, but it's a also a culture in its own right. It actually defines a whole category of rock by itself and symbolizes the desire for emancipation and renewal of an entire generation. Aud…

  • The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar
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    The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar - The Best Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar

    07/27/16

    The overdrive pedal is one of the most timeless and classic effects for electric guitar, and finding the overdrive of your dreams can be a lifelong endeavor. They have become a true cult object and manufacturers have seized the opportunity to expand the offering exponentially throughout the years. Given the saturation of the market, it's not easy …

  • The gritty details on our five favorite overdrive pedals
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    The gritty details on our five favorite overdrive pedals - The best overdrive pedals for electric guitar

    03/30/15

    With over 100 overdrive pedals listed on just one gear-shopping website, how does one choose the top five? The first order of business is to define the terms: An overdrive pedal should have enough volume to distort a clean amplifier before adding gain from the pedal. It should also have enough gain to provide a dirty sound on its own, though anyth…

  • Pi in Your Face
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    Pi in Your Face - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi

    01/06/15

    For many guitarists, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the term “fuzz box” is the Big Muff Pi from Electro-Harmonix. With the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi, the company has added some cool additional features to its classic fuzz pedal.

  • Review of the Boss DS-1X
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    Review of the Boss DS-1X - Boss reinvents the DS distortion pedal

    07/30/14

    This year, Boss has been releasing new stompboxes at a prodigious pace: two at Winter NAMM and three at Summer NAMM. All are reinventions of older Boss pedals. The DS-1X, released along with the OD-1X in January, is a revamped digital version of the DS-1. How does it compare to its predecessor? We tested them head to head as part of this review.

  • An Overdrive Pedal with a New Look and Feel
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    An Overdrive Pedal with a New Look and Feel - Review of the Boss OD-1X OverDrive

    06/17/14

    The Boss OD-1X OverDrive was one of two new stompboxes the company announced at NAMM 2014 (the DS-1X Distortion was the other). It features the company’s recently developed Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology and promises a superior playing experience to analog pedals. Does it deliver?

  • Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question.
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    Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question. - Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review

    05/28/14

    Since the days of the original Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has been building distortion pedals, and one of its latest entries is the EHX Tortion ($179). Way more than just a distortion effect, it also offers a range of overdrive sounds, pleasing clean tones, a boost channel, and you even get amp simulation via its direct out.

  • Distautowah
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    Distautowah - Palmer Automat Review

    02/24/14

    On the occasion of our recently published Palmer Mutterstolz distortion pedal review, your favorite website decided to revisit some of the German brand's Root Effects, and here we review Automat, an analog distortion/auto-wah that saw the light of day in February 2012.

  • Make Your Mamma Proud
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    Make Your Mamma Proud - Palmer Mutterstolz Review

    02/13/14

    Back in the day when fluorescent colors were in fashion, amps resembled fridges, all the songs on the radio had a guitar solo after the second chorus, and the Berlin Wall was still standing (Bingo!, the '80s), German brand Palmer made a name for itself among guitar players with products such as the very popular PI-03 speaker simulator in rack form…

  • Tone Box from the USA
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    Tone Box from the USA - Flickinger Caged Crow, Vicious Cricket and Germanium Griffin Review

    10/03/13

    Let me introduce you today to a pedal series directly from the U.S. of A.