Deep Space Devices Golem – Clay monster or expressive box of dirt?
A boutique overdrive with hints of fuzz
Deep Space Devices has just announced their new Golem ‘overdrive’ pedal, named after a mythical creature born from clay. But what exactly is the Golem pedal?
Essentially the Golem is an overdrive/dirt pedal with hints of fuzziness to its core tone. It’s all controlled by a wealth of knobs and mini toggle switches, which make it a little more than your regular ‘set and forget’ overdrive pedal.
Personally, I’m more of a fan of simplicity i.e. fewer knobs equals more fun, but I’m not adverse to a few tweaking shenanigans if a pedal has something different to offer me. The Deep Space Devices Golem has four main knobs labelled Power/volume, Rage /gain, Form/tone and Shape/high mids. These are then complemented by four toggle switches which add in Tremble/silicon diodes and Quake/germanium diodes, Mass bass/mid boost and Evolve/more overdrive and distortion.
As you can see, that is a hell of a lot of controls for one drive pedal, however, if you are a tweaker then I am sure you will love all the accessibility to various parameters on this pedal.
Sound wise, it has an element of fuzz to the core overdrive sound and has an almost lo-fi feel to its tone, which can be desirable for many players myself included. Though I’m not sure if this pedal has won me over just yet and I would perhaps have preferred a more in-depth video demo if I am to part with my money for this effect pedal.
The market is flooded with boutique overdrive and fuzz pedals at the moment and so I would have liked to have heard more about this pedal, as in theory, it could be amazing. The demo is lacking in any real details, which makes it hard to gauge what the Golem has over and above the competition.
The Deep Space Devices Golem runs from a 9VDC power supply, so no batteries here and can be ordered directly from the company’s webpage.
RRP – USD 169 plus shipping/taxes