Jim Dunlop is celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday (November 27) by releasing a limited-edition series of pedals, the Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series. It includes four effects that were a major part of Hendrix’s signal chain: the Fuzz Face, Cry Baby, Octavio and Univibe.
Anyone who's hip to pedal news, Paul Gilbert news and Majik Box news knows that Majik Box's signature Gilbert Fuzz Universe pedal came out two years and has been a hands-down hit. The news here is that Gilbert recently re-teamed with Majik Box to add some new features to the Fuzz Universe, culminating in the release of the new Fuzz Universe Custom pedal.
"Twist it! Pull it!" OK, this review has nothing to do with the late-'90s handheld game Bop It, but the Push me Pull me overdrive pedal by Custom 77 is just as addicting. The French-designed pedal is like having three different overdrive sounds at your disposal in one box. Without any cheat or CAPTCHA codes to enter, the Push me Pull Me couldn’t be any easier to use.
Every so often, I come across a stompbox I never even knew existed and — more often than not — surprises me in how good it sounds. Majik Box’s Krush Distortion is the signature pedal of James “Munky” Shaffer, guitarist from renowned nu-metal band Korn, and is the kind of pedal that provokes a wicked grin in the kind of distortion it dishes out.
I have an insatiable soft spot for handmade pedals that offer a point of difference as well as killer sound. That combination is incredibly hard to resist, especially when it’s topped off by cosmetics that include glitter, a happy vibe and customer service that completes the package.