From the overdriven sounds of Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi to the out-of-this-world prog tones of David Gilmour and Alex Lifeson, the Seventies were pivotal in creating some of the guitar sounds that are still being ripped of today's class of rock guitarists. Whether you're putting together the ultimate Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin tribute band or just trying to add a bit of vintage flare to your modern-rock masterpiece, the pedals on this list are sure to help you recapture some of that groovy Seventies magic.
Budda Amplification has announced its new line of guitar effect pedals, all of which are available to ship. The line includes the Samsara Delay, the Om Overdrive, the Karma Chorus, the Chakra Compressor and the Zenman Overdrive/Boost.
You don't have to be surf-rock legend Dick Dale to appreciate a touch of reverb on your guitar's signal. Even a smattering of reverb adds character and generally makes things sound warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.
Moriae is a newer pedal company from northern Japan. Company-wise, there's not too much information is out there, so I was excited to find out what they’re all about. Besides the Lapis Lazuli Delay pedal reviewed below, the company offers distortion and fuzz pedals. The Lapis Lazuli Delay is no-nonsense digital delay with plenty of tones in a simple, rugged three-knob box.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario tries out the new Devil Drive pedal from Solid Gold FX, an overdrive pedal that that will give your sound that extra boost without destroying your amp's inherent tone.
Looping pedals are great for rehearsing alone, working out solos over your rhythm parts and even composing. Onstage, they can make you a show-stopping one-man band, building complex loops that can impress your fans. But loopers can be fidgety to use, and the more features they pack in, the more difficult they are to use intuitively and on the fly.
While true-bypass pedals are designed to preserve the integrity of your guitar’s signal, using several true-bypass pedals chained together can still result in wimpy tone. That’s because the excess lengths of cable needed to connect everything together can suck a lot of frequencies from a signal by the time it reaches the end of the chain. The Morley Buffer Boost features a buffer circuit that gives your guitar’s signal an extra push at the front or back of the signal chain to maintain level and tone, and it also provides up to 20dB of clean boost that you can engage for solos.
Sometimes a pedal is just a special effect that provides a certain texture or sonic surprise that is best used sparingly. Other pedals are designed as practical tools that can form the core of a guitarist’s sound. The Pigtronix Fat Drive and Philosopher’s Rock pedals fall into the latter category and have already earned permanent places on many pros’ pedal boards thanks to their excellent sound quality and no-nonsense designs. Best of all these pedals are sensibly priced, making any player’s quest for the ultimate tone a lot easier to reach.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Samzon/Zoom booth to check out some new Zoom gear. This video profiles the company's new Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Pedal with Bluetooth. As an added bonus, Richie Kotzen is doing the demonstrating!