Redbeard Effects’ Red Mist MKIV distortion pedal is the first foray of Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus into effects pedals and marks the launch of a new product line.
Redbeard Effects Red Mist MKIV distortion
Mikey Demus is the left-handed, ginger bearded guitarist from Skindred. I last wrote about him when he got his first Manson signature model guitar. This year he is launching his new pedal brand called Redbeard Effects.
The Red Mist MKIV distortion pedal was co-designed by Adrian Thorpe of ThorpyFX. Speaking personally, I think Mr Thorpe is a master at what he does. So this new pedal has a good pedigree straight off the bat. According to Mikey, his new company is “not looking to go where others have gone before. Whether you’re into blues, rock, punk, metal, ambience, pop, or making weird and wonderful noises – whatever your thing is, we’re here to push the envelope of what a pedal can do for you”. Sounds cool.
Redbeard Effects describes this new pedal as a drive that can achieve a wide range of gain types, from crunch through to heavily saturated tones. Sounds like it might be a jack of all trades… but will it excel at any one particular tone?
The pedal has a simple control layout consisting of a three-band EQ to dial in your Bass, Mids and Treble. The Gain and Level controls let you produce the desired amount of drive. I like that it has top-mounted jacks and is true-bypass, so it will work well on most pedalboards. This pedal is hand-made in the UK, so they are about the right price for a boutique pedal.
Of course, the proof will be in how well they sound. I’m curious to see how well they will sell. The boutique drive pedal marketplace, after all, is already quite saturated on both sides of the Atlantic. In any case, we wish Mr Demus all the best in his new venture and are excited to hear what he’ll come up with in the future.
RRP – GBP 184.99