SolidGoldFX introduces the Beta-V – an attempt to pack the tone of a hefty Ampeg bass rig into a compact pedal

Solid Gold FX Beta V bass preamp
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SolidGoldFX is the Canadian effects firm behind slider-heavy pedals like the Commodore overdrive and Imperial MK II Fuzz. Its latest offering, the Beta-V, has a simpler interface but perhaps a more challenging concept: attempting to squeeze the tones from a sizeable vintage bass rig into a single compact preamp.

In doing so, the firm has tweaked its previous Beta Bass pedal, with warmth and grit being the tonal order of the day.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.