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.
Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Guitar Pedal with Bluetooth
The Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Guitar Pedal with Bluetooth features 100 preloaded stomp-box effects and amp models and allows you to use Zoom’s free iOS StompShare app (available for download in Apple’s App Store) to browse, sample, purchase and instantly download additional effects for the pedal from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Once you buy an effect via StompShare, it can be transferred directly to your MS-100BT in seconds via Bluetooth.
LIST PRICE: $149.99 | samsontech.com
Analog.Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay
Used onstage by Gary Clark Jr., the ARDX20 is a dual analog delay with up to 650ms of pure analog delay and two sets of controls (delay time, feedback and level), one for each of its two delay sounds. It features an effect loop, delay-time expression control and LEDs that blink at the selected delay time. The optional AMAZE0 controller adds features for tap tempo, modulation and remote control, as well as eight presets. The ARDX20 runs on a nine-volt battery or standard power supplies.
LIST PRICES: ARDX20 $265; AMAZE0 controller, $150 | buyanalogman.com
BBE Blacksmith BD-69
The BBE Blacksmith is inspired by pedals hand-made by Paul Gagon in the Eighties, back when he worked for Grover Jackson to support A-list artists like Jeff Beck and Steve Vai. Though their amps may have gone “to 11,” many of these artists told Paul they wanted them to go “to 15 or 20.” Gagon designed an LED-based distortion circuit feeding a three-band passive PLEX-EQ for a creamy high-gain experience that’s true to the tone. Blacksmith recreates the experience those early pedals with greater consistency and durability, giving you more power when 11 isn’t enough.
LIST PRICE: $145 | bbesound.com
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