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NAMM 2020 video: We got to see that pedal you pour drinks into up close

NAMM 2020: We've seen a lot of gear thus far at this year's NAMM show, but nothing half as crazy as Rainger FX's Minibar pedal.

This mini-pedal won't do a thing until you pour liquid into it. That's right, you're being encouraged to spill your drink onto this particular pedal! The characteristics of whatever liquid, or combination of liquids, you pour into it are what ends up determining your sound.

So how the hell does thing work exactly? Our Digital Editor-in-Chief, Michael Astley-Brown, stopped by the company's booth to find out. 

Once there, we got to see David Rainger try out a few different liquids with the pedal - Jägermeister, nail polish remover and Coca-Cola. Rainger also mentioned that Jack Daniels sounds "brilliant," vodka is "a bit full-on" and distilled water is "chunky." Who'd have thought! 

You can check out Rainger's full, incredibly amusing, demo above, and be sure to peruse the rest of our NAMM coverage while you're at it!

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.