Guitar Gear Gems this week features a selection of stompboxes. The new Pedal Pawn Octane octave fuzz from the UK looks to inspire vintage fuzz tones. Then we have the Japanese-made Free The Tone IG-1N noise gate and the Flower Pedals Sunflower Stereo Harmonic Tremolo to check out as well.
Guitar Gear Gems
This week on Guitar Gear Gems features the UK-built Octane pedal from Pedal Pawn, an octave fuzz that seeks to rectify some of the issues you would normally encounter with a vintage ’70s effect pedal. Then there is the all-new Free The Tone IG-1N Integrated Gate a pedal that seeks to clean up your signal and give you the optimum gate. Finally, the new Flower Pedals digitally controlled Sunflower Stereo Harmonic Tremolo with its all analogue signal path.
Pedal Pawn Octone
The new Pedal Pawn Octone offers ’70s vintage style octave fuzz effects with a pronounced, clear octave effect combined with that fuzz tone we all love. Made in the UK and with a simple user interface of Level and Boost, this new effect looks like a lot of fun to use.
Fixed that Octave Fuzz issue?
I do like a nice octave fuzz and this one promises a clear octave effect even past the 12th fret and with the boost control cranked. Many vintage octave fuzz pedals suffer on higher registers and so this could be the answer for your vintage-inspired fuzz solos.
Overall, I’m liking what I hear and the pedal looks pretty bomb-proof as well, which is another bonus compared to vintage ’70s units.
MSRP – GBP 197
Free The Tone IG-1N
The new Free The Tone IG-1N Integrated Gate is the latest pedal from the Japanese boutique effects makers. Combining both noise reduction and gate technology into one compact grey-coloured pedal. You choose which mode you require using the switch labelled Noice Reduction/Noise Gate and set the desired Threshold using the knob.
Plus, you can set the input impedance via the Hi-Z/Lo-Z switch. And the pedal can be controlled via MIDI which allows the effect to be turned on/off.
The Integrated Gate section monitors the input constantly. This looks for peaks and attenuates the input signal using a CPU, allowing for a more natural sound. It then gives the optimum output level by monitoring the waveform.
Gates and noise reduction may seem a little boring, but they are very useful for many musicians. As ever Free The Tone has worked hard to provide the ultimate experience with their latest pedal.
MSRP – USD 228
Sunflower Stereo Harmonic Tremolo
Next up there is the Flower Pedals’ Sunflower Stereo Harmonic Tremolo a digitally-controlled, fully analogue signal path, stereo harmonic tremolo pedal. By offering the best of both digital and analogue it makes this a pretty flexible tremolo effect.
Having digital control over the effect, means you have a lot of controls. Boost, Speed, Depth, DIV (divisions), Width and Randomness knobs. Along with two switches, Ramp and Shape for harmonic tremolo shaping. Then you have two dual-function footswitches for Tap/Ramp and On/Hold. Factor in that the pedal is also available to run in stereo, and has presets, therefore, offering a lot of scope for musicians.
The video demos below give a good overview of what to expect and are well worth checking out.
MSRP – USD 349
- '70s style octave fuzz: Pedal Pawn
- Integrated Gate: Free The Tone
- Digital control with an analogue signal path: Flower Pedals