I’ve played IK Multimedia’s nano modeling amp, the TONEX One – and it could be the ultimate pocket-sized pedal platform

IK Multimedia TONEX One
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Flow is one of the most important aspects of guitar playing. As a composer or player, it’s part of the allure of playing the instrument. Finding that rich, trance-like state where you puzzle out a musical idea or learn a scale or a riff is addictive.

Although it's rarely stated in these terms, the signal purist versus pedal junkie debate really comes down to its relationship with that sense of flow. Is any new addition to your signal chain worth the trade-off in breaking flow? Does it propel your playing and solve problems, or does it put up barriers and distract you?

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.