Circus Freak builds its pedals in the US. Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be exact. Before I go any further, I have to point out the crafty circus-themed names and artwork on all the Circus Freak pedals. I mean, there’s a fuzz pedal called The Bearded Lady!
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Electro-Harmonix has introduced its new Slammi Pitch-Shifter/Harmony pedal. The pedal combines a powerful new algorithm with EHX’s revolutionary Next Step Effects platform to deliver superior tone, glitch free operation and precision control.
Tech 21 has introduced the Hot-Rod Plexi pedal. The new pedal is inspired by vintage amps that bear the same nickname. And while those hulking stacks are known to sound best at ear-bleed levels, this pedal can painlessly transform your existing amp without pulling a muscle or mandatory rig cranking.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Drum Thing, a passive, battery-free, output-only percussion box. Think of it as a sound-hole pickup in a metal box that you can stomp on, brush, tap on, sing into or all-out scream at it. I found two distinct uses for it: tapping on it to build metronome-like practice loops, and placing a ton of effects pedals after it and creating maddening noise loops.
Truth be told, Leo Fender never intended for the amp to get such an overdriven sound. He much preferred the clean twang of country and Hawaiian lap steels. But guys like Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton and Billy Gibbons had other plans: Crank these low-watt wonders wide open!