by Jef | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
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This week on Guitar Gear Gems we take a look at the latest snippets of guitar-based news from the last week. Including the launch of a new guitar pedal company, plus some sweet new stompboxes for you to drool over.

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KittycasterFX

KittycasterFX consists of old Catalinbread employees; a perhaps controversial company rife with disagreements, divisions and staff turnover. Howard Gee in particular should be familiar to many because he was Catalinbread’s video mascot for a long time. Everyone in the new company combines their affection for cats, hence the name. On April 19 the first two effect pedals will be launched: Tremdriver Preamp / Harmonic Tremolo and Groovy Wizard Fuzz Driver.

New feline effects

New feline effects

One to keep an eye on?

I think this will be one of those companies to watch throughout 2022 and one you may see more of in Guitar Gear Gems; this team was already known for creating some great effects circuits when they worked at their former employer.

RRP USD 399 Tremdriver, USD 299 Groovy Wizard

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VS Audio Effects Alchemy MK II Chorus

The Alchemy MK II Chorus pedal from VS Audio Effects is an analogue chorus effect circuit that is completely digitally controlled, therefore bringing the best of both worlds to players. Analogue tones, with digital flexibility for control.

VS Audio Effects Alchemy MK II Chorus

Analogue signal path with digital control

It has a stereo BBD analogue audio path for the chorus, along with six different individual presets; fair to say then, it is pretty flexible. Additionally, you get tap tempo control and a delay control which are all handled in the digital realm. Nice.

VS Audio Alchemy MKII Chorus

VS Audio Alchemy MKII Chorus

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J.Rockett Audio El Hombre

If you aspire to cop some classic ZZ Top tones, then this new J.Rockett Audio El Hombre is going to be one for you to check out for sure. With three controls labelled Volume, Bite and Gain, it really couldn’t be much simpler.

J.Rockett Audio El Hombre

J.Rockett Audio El Hombre

Dumble to Plexi

The controls appear to be quite interactive and have a lot of scope to them as well. For example, that Bite knob will allow the overdrive to get real mean and trebly when cranked clockwise. Whereas the Gain knob can go from smooth Dumble-esque tones through to more Plexi-style drive tones. Especially, if you dime that Bite control at the same time.

J. Rockett Audio Designs El Hombre

J. Rockett Audio Designs El Hombre

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Image Sources:
  • New feline effects: Kittycaster FX
  • Analogue signal path with digital control: VS Audio Effects
  • J.Rockett Audio El Hombre: J.Rockett Audio
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