Pedals and Effects: Dirt Pedals

Pedals and Effects: Dirt Pedals

Today on Pedals and Effects, we’re doing a dirt pedal shootout! We’ve been hella busy with our touring schedules, but we finally found the time to catch up with some new dirt/distortion pedals as well as ones we finally got around to checking out. We’ve got a great lineup today of Chase Bliss, JAM Pedals, Spiral Electric, and Death By Audio! It’s 2019, more and more dirt pedals are starting to have MIDI and expression options. It’s a very unique take on a staple in effects but, you never know if you can reinvent the wheel unless you try. Not quite a fuzz war, but you know how we roll at Pedals and Effects.

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JAM Pedals: Red Muck Bass

JAM Pedals: Red Muck Bass

This past NAMM, we had the pleasure of meeting the crew behind JAM pedals! Word quickly spread through the convention center that Nick and I had to check out their booth ASAP. When we finally made it, the first thing that caught our eye was all the amazing hand painted artwork on their pedals. JAM pedals meticulously handcraft and paint each and every one of their pedals, and their lineup is magical. I was told that their “Red Muck Bass” would replace my Sovtek Big Fuzz, and well, they’re not wrong.

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Gamechanger Audio: Plasma Pedal

Gamechanger Audio: Plasma Pedal

You want crazy? We got crazy. Straight out of Latvia, it’s the Gamechanger Audio Plasma Pedal! This might be one of the most unique distortion pedals we’ve ever encountered. It’s hard not to notice the vibrant electrical charges shooting through the Plasma Pedal’s tiny window, turns out there’s a whole lot more going on under the hood. Unlike typical distortion pedals it does not use transistors, or clipping diodes, but rather a unique process that converts your signal into electricity, then back out as sound. It’s a science experiment of a pedal and we love it. You have to hear it, to believe it!

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Pedals and Effects Masterclass

Pedals and Effects Masterclass

We’re exited to announce the first ever Pedals and Effects Masterclass! The Pedals and Effects Masterclass will include: a live performance, discussion and Q&A, giveaways and so much more! We're putting these events together with some of our favorite effects companies to demonstrate just how insane the world of pedals has become. Come hang out with us while we take a deep dive into some of our favorite sounds!

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TC Electronic: June-60

TC Electronic: June-60

A few years ago at GuitCon , TC Electronic very quietly showed off a surprise pedal that went largely unnoticed by the blues rockers and shredders present. Nick and I however, were flipping out. Based on the famous Roland Juno-60 synthesizer, TC Electronic isolated a single part of the synth for a no frills, faithful re-creation of that classic chorus sound. It’s simple, no frills, and what’s even better, it’s just $50!

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Mantic Effects: Hulk

Mantic Effects: Hulk

New for 2019, Mantic Effects completely downsized their Density Hulk subharmonic synth pedal into the Hulk! I’ve got the very first version of the pedal and it was huge, second version they downsized a bit, but this newest version can fit in your pocket. The Hulk is capable of getting all those low end sub tones you know I love, so you’ll be blowing up PA’s in no time. (Literally, this stuff can blow out PA’s and speakers.)

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NAMM 2019: Editor's Picks with Premier Guitar

NAMM 2019: Editor's Picks with Premier Guitar

Another NAMM is in the books! It was a whirlwind of a weekend but we’re stoked on all the gear we got to try, all the familiar faces we got to see, and all the new friends we made. We saw a lot of really cool stuff at NAMM, and during all the chaos we got to sit down with Premier Guitar to talk about all the coolest pedals and effects we saw at NAMM 2019.

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NAMM 2019 Schedule

NAMM 2019 Schedule

Hi everyone! Max here. It’s about that time of year again, Juan, and Nick are once again off to the NAMM show. They’ll be demo-ing all the newest gear. If you happen to be at NAMM, Juan's schedule for the weekend are as follows. Should anything get added, fall through, or change, be sure to check back, I will be keeping this page up to date.

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Top Ten Pedals of 2018

Top Ten Pedals of 2018

With the dawning of 2019, it’s time to look back on the effects pedals in 2018 that we absolutely loved. This past year was a great year for effects pedals, but these are the pedals that we kept coming back to. Without further ado, here are Pedals and Effects top pedals (in no order), of 2018.

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Earthquaker Devices: Swiss Things

Earthquaker Devices: Swiss Things

First Pedals and Effects video of 2019! New for Winter NAMM 2019, we’re proud to debut the latest and greatest from the mighty Earthquaker Devices. We’re coming at you with an exclusive look at the new Earthquaker Devices Swiss Things! As the name might imply, the Swiss Things is a Swiss army knife of a pedal. It’s an effects loop, an A/B/Y switcher, it’s even got phase cancellation for those stereo setups, and a signal boost. Got a bunch of patch cables making a mess of your pedalboard? Clean up your act with the Earthquaker Devices Swiss Things!

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Pedals and Effects Instagram!

Pedals and Effects Instagram!

Happy new year everyone! We here at Pedals and Effects wanted to start off the new year strong by introducing the long awaited Pedals and Effects Instagram. We’ve got big plans for the Instagram page, and we’re kicking it off with a chance to win both Juan’s and Nick’s pedalboards. Yep, you read that right.

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