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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Ibanez: Nu Tubescreamer

Ibanez: Nu Tubescreamer

The Ibanez Tubescreamer needs no introduction, it’s a pedal that has cemented itself with an incredible legacy and it continues to inspire musicians to this day. The Tubescreamer however, has come a long way from its original iteration. Over the years Ibanez has released versions of the Tubescreamer with different tweaks, features and modes while still retaining what makes it legendary. Some time ago, Ibanez asked Nick and I for some input on what would become their newest Tubescreamer, that day is finally here, and we’re happy to show you the Ibanez “Nu Tubescreamer!”

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Fender: Santa Ana Overdrive

Fender: Santa Ana Overdrive

Earlier this year at NAMM, Fender announced that they were putting out a new line of effects pedals. Fender went all out! The entire line includes Overdrive, Distortion, Reverb, Delay, Compressor and Buffer pedals. (All with appropriately California themed names!) If the pedals are anything like their instruments we knew they would be worth checking out, and they absolutely were. Nick and I got to playing with the Santa Ana Overdrive, and we dug what we heard!

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Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta DLX bass overdrive!

Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta DLX bass overdrive!

We get dirt pedals sent to Pedals And Effects all the time, but when I get a really killer bass overdrive, I do flips and the SolidGoldFX Beta DLX has me suspended in the air! First, they took one of my favorite bass overdrives, their Beta, and gave it more smart options.

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Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta SuperDrive

Demo: SolidGoldFX Beta SuperDrive

Rarely, do I see an overdrive that really takes a totally different angle on the pedal’s tone. Usually, overdrives are designed to give you a grit or mild distortion to your sound.  It is not as over the top as a distortion or fuzz pedals but it is designed to push the front end of your amp into a distortion.

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Demo: Earthquaker Devices Palisades

Demo: Earthquaker Devices Palisades

As you all know, I play bass for a living and there are some pedals that I have never thought to purchase, including the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer. I know guitarists who swear by them or one of the many clones of this pedal. Well Earthquaker Devices ran tests with every popular clone on the market as well as several vintage originals, and they came up with the most serious of all Tube Screamer clones, the Palisades!

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Pedals And Effects: Overdrive Wars

Pedals And Effects: Overdrive Wars

As if Fuzz Wars wasn’t enough, Pedals And Effects has decided to make a segment for overdrive pedals called, what else, "Overdrive Wars!"  I'm just flying solo in this installment, but it was nice to get out of my comfort zone with this sort of effect. This is the first time I have actually done a comparison of overdrives, I actually learned a few new things about overdrives during the making of this video.

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