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SMG Cock Blocker noise gate

SMG Cock Blocker noise gate  ·  Source: SMG

Regular gate pedals are either used before or after your amp’s FX Loop. Both solutions are not ideal. But help is at hand: the new Cock Blocker is here! And if you’re after a noise gate for heavier guitar styles, this thing has an interesting new approach you may find compelling.

Block the signal

SMG Cock Blocker

SMG Cock Blocker

The pedal is the brainchild of SpectreSoundStudios‘s Glen Fricker, who you may recognise from his YouTube channel. Yes, the sweary long-haired guy sharing his vast knowledge of recording guitars who’s also known for having manufacturers quaking in their boots with his “Fearless Reviews” series.

You can hear Ola Englund blocking some unwanted noise in the demo video below. As you would imagine, Ola adds a fair amount of gain to his guitars and can Djent when he has to, so the Cock Blocker is useful for this style of music.

Blocker In, Blocker Out?

The single knob on the Cock Blocker adjusts how sensitive the noise gate is to noise and hiss. You can use it as a regular gate with the guitar on the input and the output going to your amplifier. But as well as the normal In/Out connectors, the Cock Blocker has Blocker In and Blocker Out jacks, too. That lets you insert your gain effect into the circuit. Now the Cock Blocker is reacting to your guitar playing but working on the signal coming from the drive pedal. That’s pretty darn neat! A lot of thought has evidently gone into this.

If you want to get you hands on the SMG Cock Blocker, pre-orders are now open. Follow my link below to grab one.

RRP – USD 219 with free worldwide shipping

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Preordered this almost 3 months ago already (via the SMG YT channel). Willing to wait for it a few more months as this promises to be a pedal which should be very good at what it should be doing.

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Fortin Zuul works the same way IIRC, two separate inputs

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Nice face this mad lad is making in the promo pic for this equipment. Seems that he’s cockblocking himself. Or he’s just loaded his pants.

Edgy name and pentagram in the pedal art. Should be popular with the pimply teen crowd.