Stomping Ground: 30 of the Coolest New Stomp Boxes and Tried-and-True Favorites
GW presents a selection of the coolest new stomp boxes — and some tried-and-true standbys.
Big Joe Stompbox Company Saturated Tube B-401
The Saturated Tube is a classic, high-gain, hot-rodded distortion stomp box with full-range tube-amp saturation with great sustain. Controls include a two-position high-boost toggle with two distinct gain voices, presence, gain, output and a true-bypass footswitch.
LIST PRICE: $229.95 | bigjoestompboxcompany.com
Z.Vex Effects Loop Gate
The Loop Gate is a noise gate with a built-in facility for introducing a loop of pedals, allowing you to switch the loop in and out of your signal path at will. The audio gate features high headroom, with no distortion or hiss, and it responds to the signal coming from your guitar rather than the output of your pedal loop, where extraneous noises from fuzz and delay pedals can inadvertently trigger the gate. The pedal also gives you options for controlling the loop, including a crossfade “mix” option and a Chop mode for creating tremolo-like sounds.
LIST PRICE: $199 | zvex.com
Mesa Flux-Drive Overdrive+
The Flux-Drive Overdrive+ is an overdrive for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive. It has more liquid gain and enhanced sustain that easily feeds into rich harmonic overtones, making it addictive and inspiring to play, especially when enhancing a higher-gain amp channel. It also offers a more complete tone-shaping network with individual treble and bass controls. This architecture makes the Flux-Drive a more complete preamp with added versatility beyond that of most overdrive pedals.
STREET PRICE: $179 | mesaboogie.com
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