Guitar Gear Gems is a smorgasbord of stompboxes this week. Covering everything from boutique overdrive/fuzz circuits through to echoes. If you enjoy unique handmade boutique pedals then these three will all be of interest to you.
Guitar Gear Gems this week’s highlights
Super Booth 2022 has now ended, so we can stop twiddling with all those knobs, tweaking Pulse-Width Modulation and getting tangled in patch cables. This means we can get back to some six-string excess instead. And with NAMM 2022 just around the corner, it should all start to get busy real soon. Until then, here are a couple of highlights from the last week.
News has surfaced that UK-based Origin Effects has withdrawn its petition to cancel the trademark of US-based Revival Electric. It seems that the two pedal companies have reached an agreement at last. Hopefully, we can just see news about new pedals from now on, instead of arguments about names.
In other news, it would appear that Gibson and Lzzy Hale are working on a new Explorer Bird signature model. As Hale is one of Gibson’s Brand Ambassadors this makes perfect sense.
Plus, it might help the company’s Dad Rock image, which caused some controversy this weekend. This new model was let slip whilst Lzzy was interviewed for TotalGuitar magazine. Keep your eyes peeled for that one, as her previous limited edition Epiphone Explorer was a thing of beauty.
Heather Brown Electronicals Sensation Fuzzdrive
The Sensation Fuzzdrive offers a combined fuzz and overdrive circuit. Similar to the company’s [previous breakthrough of The Blessed Mother circuit. In addition to the usual volume and fuzz controls (saturator), the pedal has three toggle switches with which you can select different gain, mid-range and bass options.
It sounds pretty decent and is currently an exclusive via Reverb. Check it out in the official demo video below.
Price: around 270 euros incl. Shipping
Mattoverse Warble Swell Echo MKII
After Mattoverse Electronics recently presented a solar-powered pedal and previously to that, the broken sounding fuzz called the AirTrash. By comparison, the new Warble Swell Echo MKII is almost traditional. On YouTube, the developer comments:
“I actually wanted to retire the pedal, but decided to try to place 7 buttons on the front so that the control for the vibration shape can be on the top instead of on an internal trimmer as with most MK1s.”
According to their website, it is a lo-fi echo exploration machine. A dynamic, foot-controlled Swell function and 8 vibration forms for modulation offer a variety of attractive echo options. From silky-soft slapback and slop to the static wobble of a broken cassette tape and everything in between.
Price: USD 219
Tape Audio TWO
TWO is billed as an overdrive/distortion. Tape Audio has outfitted this drive pedal with three controls labelled Pre, Gain and Master. Pre controls the output of the germanium drive circuit, which is then fed into the silicon circuit which is controlled by the Gain knob. Then set the Master to where you want it and off you go.
The TWO is available in black or white enclosures and can be ordered direct from the link below.
Price: USD 199
- Origin Effects vs Revival Electric: Instagram/Origin Effects/Revival Electric
- Epiphone Lzzy Hale Explorer Signature: Epiphone
- Sensation Fuzzdrive: Reverb
- White TWO: Tape Audio