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Guitar Gear Gems

Guitar Gear Gems  ·  Source: ZeroFive Audio/Browne Amplification

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This week we check out ZeroFive Audio and their new Lowrider and Voodoo pedals. The new company is founded by a recording and mixing engineer, so should offer some great takes on effect pedals for guitarists and bass players. Then we check out the new Browne Amplification Gritador TS-style overdrive pedal.

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ZeroFive Audio

ZeroFive Audio is based in Rennes, France and is a newcomer to the guitar effects world. They have two new pedals available, the Lowrider EQ and the Voodoo saturation.

Lowrider

First up is the Lowrider which is an equalizer pedal based on the Pultec EQP-1A and therefore should offer some nice studio-grade EQ options for bassists and also guitarists.

It excels at low-end frequencies and could be perfect for bass guitar and extended-range instruments.

The CPS rotary switch offers the available frequencies are 30, 45, 60 and 100Hz, plus, the D1 and D2 settings that correspond to the two additional settings (Boost at 30 and 45Hz, and a deeper low-mid cut).

Along with controls for Intensity and Volume for adjusting the overall EQ amount.

This unit can also be run at 18V for even higher internal headroom, making it perfect for many applications.

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Lowrider

Lowrider · Source: ZeroFive Audio

Voodoo

Next up is the Voodoo and this saturation effect has a simple sweepable pre and post-EQ, labelled Shape which is based on a British studio console EQ-type. Along with controls for Volume, Drive and Tone.

Designed to give musicians access to transparent OD, distortion, and even heavy fuzz tones. Plus, you can use it on synths and bass, as well as guitar.

Voodoo

Voodoo · Source: ZeroFive Audio

MSRP – Lowrider EUR 169- 199 and Voodoo EUR 219 plus shipping

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Browne Amplification

The new Browne Amplification Gritador is their take on an Ibanez TubeScreamer-style * overdrive circuit. Gritador means Screamer in Portuguese apparently. The design for this new pedal took around 15 years or so of tweaking the circuit and so a lot of thought has gone into this overdrive pedal.

Gritador

Gritador · Source: Browne Amplification

Fuller Low-End

This Kansas City guitar effects pedal looks pretty utilitarian and they have tweaked the circuit to give a nicer mid-range hump, minus the usual nasal quality of a standard TS drive.

Plus, it has a fuller low-end response, in part thanks to the altered clipping, it is slightly less symmetrical.

It certainly looks well-built and the demo video offers some classic TS drive tones.

MSRP – USD 219

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