GMF, which has had success with its acoustic preamps, is now after electric guitarists with its Bullseye line of effect pedals.
Each pedal is an analog circuit built in a steel chassis with true-bypass switching. The Bullseyes can run on a 9-volt battery or external power supply. The 3.8” x 2.4” footprint is somewhere between a standard Boss and a nano-sized pedal.
First up is the CH-1 Chorus. Speed, Depth and Level are the controls. It reminds me of the older Ibanez chorus pedals but with less noise. In my soundclip the CH-1 fattens up a Les Paul rhythm tone well. Next, I channeled Kurt Cobain by turning up the Depth all the way. Finally I dialed in a “poor-man’s 12-string” by adding a light chorus to a double tracked acoustic guitar.
The RV-1 is the Bullseye’s Reverb pedal. Not that anyone’s ever asked me, but I think Dwell and Reverb knobs are all you need. I feel restricted with a single Reverb knob and overwhelmed with much more. In my demo clip I start with a little reverb, then turn up the Dwell to add more dimension and finish it with everything cranked, because why not?
Next is the DS-1 Distortion. The knobs are Gain, Tone and Level. Where similar distortion pedals get a bad rap for razor thin tone, I was able to get some top end fizz without robbing any of my lows. To prove myself I start the clip with my Strat’s bridge pickup. After that is the bridge pickup of a Les Paul followed by rolling back the tone knob to attempt a Cream-era Clapton sound.
Last is the DL-1 Delay. The knobs are Time, Mix and Repeat. Like the CH-1 Chorus, the DL-1 offers a vintage vibe without the holdups of playing an expensive, fussy vintage pedal. Delay times range from 140-360ms. For my soundclip I start with more of a textural delay, then dial the time back for a shorter slapback delay and end with the Repeats all the way up to get a little oscillating feedback.
Street Price: $79 to $159
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