Echopark Guitars make some great effects pedals and also some pretty fantastic guitars as well. This new Dual-Harmonic Boost pedal takes the boost element from their previous Soap Box product and adds a new side as well, based on a classic vintage boost pedal design. The company hand-builds its pedals in Los Angeles and has a bit of a celebrity cult following with customers like Troy Van Leeuwin of QOTSA and Joe Perry of Aerosmith using their equipment.
A good boost pedal is something everyone should try at some point. I use a Suhr Koko Boost, a Way Huge Angry Troll and a Hudson BC 24 Ltd, amongst others in my various setups. So, I can appreciate a good quality one.
This new Echopark unit looks as though it will interest players like myself that enjoy a good, transparent boost pedal. The best ones are usually quiet, add no distortion and can kick a valve amp to make it sing. Plus, they should feel like an extension to your actual amp itself, rather than something that colours its tonal character.
The Dual-Harmonic boost pedal is in two sections (much like an original Suhr Koko Boost) with the first side based upon the Soap Box pedal and the second half based on the now-classic original LPB-1 boost pedals from Electro Harmonix.
I have yet to try this new pedal out as it has only just been announced, however the demo online sounds promising. I’d expect this new pedal to be well made internally. The outward appearance is really nice in my opinion, so I would love to see a gut shot of the internal layout. I cannot see them cutting any corners, so I am looking forward to hearing some reviews over the next few months as they become available.
RRP USD $250
Echo Park Dual-Harmonic Boost pedal specifications: Echo Park Instrument