Gibson revives Maestro Electronics with five new stompboxes
19.01.2022

Gibson revives Maestro Electronics with five new stompboxes

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Words by Eli Duxson

The Original Collection blends the classic with the future

Gibson’s launching of Maestro 60 years ago set the standard for effects pedals as we know them today, and now they’ve returned with five new stompboxes.

What you need to know:

  • Gibson’s launching of Maestro 60 years ago set the standard for effects pedals as we know them today, and now they’ve returned with five new stompboxes.
  • The new range includes the Fuzz-Tone FZ-M, Invader Distortion, Ranger Overdrive, Comet Chorus, and Discoverer Delay.
  • They are available now for between US$149 – US$159.

Read all the latest product news here.

The new range includes the Fuzz-Tone FZ-M, Invader Distortion, Ranger Overdrive, Comet Chorus, and Discoverer Delay.

Maestro said “the Maestro Original Collection pays tribute in sound and style to the brand’s pioneering and much beloved classic models, while staying true to Maestro’s trailblazing spirit with modern features, expanded versatility, and advanced tone-tweaking capabilities”.

The Ranger Overdrive is an all-analogue overdrive pedal featuring a Mode toggle switch that provides either a warm, expressive, amp-like overdrive and a second tonality that’s slightly cleaner and exceptionally touch-sensitive. With controls for Gain, Tone, and Level, the Ranger boasts the voicing of a vintage tube amp.

The Invader Distortion is a high-gain, all-analogue modern distortion pedal with a heavy, aggressive, dominant sonic character and loads of rich harmonics. Featuring the same Gain, Tone, and Level controls, users can also engage a built-in noise gate with the top panel toggle switch.

Based on the world’s first fuzz pedal the Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1 which was introduced in 1962, the Fuzz-Tone FZ-M is an all-analogue pedal boasts a Mode toggle switch that provides two pedals in one functionality for increased sonic versatility with both an FZ-1 inspired fuzz sound and a thicker, more modern fuzz tone. The control knobs include Attack for the amount of fuzz, Tone, and Level.

The Discoverer Delay is a modern analogue delay pedal that proudly utilises legendary analog bucket brigade device technology to deliver classic, warm, and inviting delay sounds. The control knobs include Delay time (with a range from 20 ms to 600 ms), the amount of Sustain (delay repeats), and adjust the level of the delays in the Mix, all with a toggle switch that engages built-in modulation.

The Comet Chorus is an analogue bucket-brigade chorus pedal, again with two operating modes. Earth gives your guitar a clean chorus sound, while Orbit adds some amplitude modulation to the chorused sound, which can be adjusted with an internal trimpot. The controls for the pedal include a Wet/Dry Mix knob, plus modulation Depth and Speed.

“Maestro was the first commercially successful pedal, it changed everything, and set the entire world of pedals and effects into motion,” said Mat Koehler, Senior Director of Product Development, Gibson Brands. 

“We’re using the distinct Maestro aesthetic to develop unique takes on each of these effects in a way that’s fun and looks back at the past, but with an awareness of what modern guitarists require. 

“Maestro sounds are relevant to new, casual, and professional level players and everyone at Gibson felt a responsibility and obligation to revive Maestro because it’s vital to pedal history.”

All five pedals are true bypass, powered from either a 9V battery or regulated 9V DC power supply. 

They are available now for between US$149 – US$159.

Head to Maestro Electronics for more information or to buy.