Reviewed: A3 Stompbox Custom Volume Pedal
A3 Stompbox are a boutique South Korean pedal company that prides itself on brute utility for musicians. Their Custom Volume pedal is expressive with a DIY design that makes its price tag questionable.
Reviewed: Fender Tre-Verb, MTG Tube Distortion and Bubbler Chorus Pedals
It’s an undeniable truth that no manufacturer has had a greater impact on the development and discourse of popular music than Fender. From the 1950s until now, the So-Cal entity have constantly controlled the zeitgeist with their universally appealing product ethos and their stranglehold on the electric guitar, bass and amplifier markets. Despite this, there’s always been one sector where the company just can’t quite seem to wedge their products into the minds of the masses: effects pedals.
Reviewed: Two Notes Engineering C.A.B. M
Two Notes Engineering are a company at the forefront of bringing impulse responses to the masses, as well as producing products to assist the modern producer and modern player. From their flagship Torpedo Studio to the smaller Captor series, Two Notes provide products for any need or level of profession. The Torpedo C.A.B. M is in the middle of the Torpedo range and provides a great solution for guitarists and bassists live or in the studio.
Reviewed: EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay/Reverb
EarthQuaker Devices have made something of a name for themselves in recent years with outrageous yet considered pedal designs. Rising from the basement of Jamie Stillman in 2007 with the Hoof fuzz, they now boast a stable of more than 40 pedals. To EarthQuaker, pedals should be simple and user-friendly with lots of practical and musical sounds and while they push the boundaries of what is sonically possible, they ensure they have one foot firmly planted in this philosophy.
Reviewed: EarthQuaker Devices Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconciler
Earthquaker Devices has entered the switcher market with a phenomenal contender. The Swiss Things is an AB/Y switcher with two independent loops as well as an auxiliary tuner and an expression pedal output.
Reviewed: Carl Martin Atlantic Chorus Pedal
Technological advancement in the guitar pedal world occurs at an exponential pace these days, just as in any other field. It’s why Danish pedal maestro Carl Martin has to preface the release of a new chorus pedal by acknowledging that perhaps the world didn’t need another one. The Atlantic Chorus strives to be more than your average stomp, however, offering a near unprecedented degree of sound control in an affordable price range. The design philosophy hinges on balance between new and old, not wanting to rock the boat, while pushing expectations of a meat n’ potatoes effect.
Reviewed: Outlaw Effects Cactus Juice Overdrive
Outlaw Effects are a fairly recent entrant to the guitar and bass pedal arena, boasting a range of almost 20 micro-sized pedals. After spending some time with their Tubescreamer-inspired Cactus Juice Overdrive, I’m as big a fan of the pedal as I am of their jokes (their tag line is “there’s a new sheriff in tone”, and their entire range is creatively western-style named. Brilliant.) While some manufacturers might blatantly ripoff another famed pedal, the Cactus Juice retains its own character of Tubescreamer, and has some handy additions that turn it into its own micro-sized beast.