If you’re trying to cop the tones from Pearl Jam’s groundbreaking debut, then you need to check this pedal out. The Funny Little Boxes 1991 overdrive aims to capture the guitar sound on the Ten album, released in 1991. The company has already sold out the initial preorder of the £99 stompbox, so it could be popular with fans of the band chasing those tones.
Funny Little Boxes 1991
Made in the UK, the new 1991 pedal from Funny Little Boxes has two gain knobs for its two gain stages, where the first one drives the second. Then you have the standard master volume control and a three-band EQ section. I’m no expert on Pearl Jam and their guitar tone from this era but, as I understand it, the pedal is based on an overdrive pedal hitting a Marshall Plexi style amp.
If you want the Stone Gossard and Mike McCready tone from that era, then this could be one to check out. It is Funny Little Boxes’ first original pedal design and is made in collaboration with Matt Webster of the Let’s Play All YouTube channel, who originally laid down the challenge to create this £99 ‘Pearl Jam-in-a-box’ pedal. It’s certainly a lot more affordable than the recent Fender Custom Shop Mike McCready Stratocaster release from earlier this year!
The company says it sounds like a “mid-forward overdrive pedal being smashed into a cranked, high-gain amplifier”. So it’s safe to assume that it’s a bit similar to a TubeScreamer-type drive pedal pushing an already driven amplifier.
Now, if they pull this off, I am sure it could do well. And with a price tag of £99, it is pretty reasonable, considering they’re made by a smaller UK-based company making pedals one at a time. Overall, I quite like the simple control layout, and the demo video below sounds pretty good as well.
RRP – GBP 99
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Funny Little Boxes 1991 Video
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