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.
Rocktron Reaction Distortion II
The Rocktron Reaction Distortion II pedal combines heavy distortion and gain with a unique voice that’s controllable and adjustable. The pedal is true bypass, and it features a supremely adjustable and dynamic EQ with a high range of sweep on its concentric controls. The focus control adjusts the symmetry of the distortion, and the drive and level controls adjust gain and volume.
LIST PRICE: $139 | rocktron.com
EarthQuaker Devices The Talons
The Talons is an ultra-flexible dirt machine that can go from clean to crunch and everything in between with a swift turn of the gain control. It adds a powerful active three-band equalization section and top-end contour via the presence control. Unlike other overdrives, the Talons is not designed to emulate any specific sound or era. It can sound glassy and open, gritty and wild, and much more. The Talons is true bypass and handmade with Akron, Ohio.
LIST PRICE: $195 | earthquakerdevices.com
Electro-Harmonix 45000 Multi-Track Looper
Building on EHX’s looper legacy, the 45000 combines the familiar controls of a digital recorder with state-of-the-art features, making it possible to create complex stereo multitrack loops quickly and easily. Each loop supports four mono tracks and one stereo mixdown track. The 45000 records uncompressed, 16-bit/44.1kHz CD-quality audio direct to a removable SDHC card (four to 32 GB). Each card holds up to 100 individual loops, accessed with the optional 45000 foot controller.
LIST PRICES: $634.94; 45000 foot controller, $159 | ehx.com
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