Reviewed: Line 6 Helix LT Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
Once upon a time there were only two truly limitless things: time and space formed the X and Y-axis of all experience. More and more I think we’re starting to reach a point where ‘options on digital modeling units’ could be added as a third Z-axis. We’ve come a long way from early multi-effects units, which were basically individual pedals sutured together like some cult horror film. The digital age has propelled an exponential expansion not only in the way we think about what’s on our chains, but the scope of their capability. Line 6 was one of the first companies to harness some of the power of possibility and they’ve distilled everything they’ve discovered so far into the new Helix LT.
REVIEWED: BOGNER OXFORD FUZZ PEDAL
Taking the Bogner Oxford Fuzz effects pedal out of the box, the first thing you notice is its clean and concise design aesthetic. Like the Bogner compressor, and I assume across the whole range, it has a professional feel and touch, but would have really appreciated rubber feet to stop it getting scratched up when used on hard surfaces.
REVIEWED: T-REX NEOCOMP COMPRESSOR PEDAL
Whether you're looking to fatten up the sound of a single-coil guitar, add some girth and warmth to a more brittle instrument or dial in some squashed funk or country tones, the T-Rex NeoComp will get you into the ball park for a wide range of classic compressor tones, while taking up minimal pedal board real estate. And while this pedal is primarily designed for live use, you'll find it's more than just a one trick pony – proving its worth as a vocal compressor, and particularly working well with acoustic guitars.
REVIEWED: MOOER OCEAN MACHINE DUAL DELAY REVERB AND LOOPER PEDAL
With over 25 years and 30 releases under his belt, Devin Townsend has cemented himself as a legend in the progressive rock/metal world. A common thread across all of his work has been his use of expansive reverb and delay. It’s clear as day when you listen to any of his projects that these effects are an integral part of his signature sound. With that sound in mind, Mooer Pedals have stepped up to the plate and come out with the Ocean Machine, Townsend’s signature delay, reverb and looper pedal.
REVIEWED: MERIS MERCURY7 REVERB PEDAL
For those in the market for a top of the line reverb pedal that'll have your creative juices flowing for days, the Meris Effects Mercury7 offers a world full of lush ambience where the only real limitation is your own creativity.
Reviewed: JVB 500 Digital Tuner
Where would guitar players be without the humble starter pack? I remember being 11 or 12 years old, wandering into the local music retailer and gawking like a noob at the seemingly limitless racks of axes. Having only taken up playing (read: hacking away at ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ ad infinitum) less than a year prior, the majority of these dream machines were as vastly out of my price range as they were my skill set. At the very top of the aisle, however, sat several ubiquitous, irregular trapezoidal boxes that housed everything a young player could ever need to instantly metamorphose into Kurt Cobain; that is until the idea of a pedalboard taps your shoulder. Alongside the cheaply made Strat copy comes the first battalion, light infantry of rock: the padded gig bag, nylon strap and of course, the ever-important tuner.
REVIEWED: BOGNER LYNDHURST COMPRESSOR PEDAL
The first impression of the Bogner Lyndhurst Compressor upon taking it out of the box is the smooth and classic aesthetic, almost like a vintage bit of outboard studio gear. The metallic casing and knobs gives it a nice amount of weight and feel and there is a beautiful tension as you dial in settings. The knobs are also big enough to tweak with your foot when standing, which I find useful in a live situation when bending down for tweaks is awkward.
REVIEWED: TC ELECTRONIC PROPHET DIGITAL DELAY
Some of the most iconic delay sounds of the 80s and 90s were created with the help of immersive digital delay, and the prophet has this in spades. From tight, reverberating snapbacks to long-reaching and mesmerising swells, this pedal will have you covered. An essential tool for players looking to add a touch of ambience to their playing, the Prophet offers nothing but a pitch-perfect recreation of your original guitar tone. That means no colouration, no tricks, just an honest to goodness method of fattening up your sound while staying true to the source.