Barefaced Machinist Distortion review

The speaker cab specialists diversify with a feature-packed distortion to put some rumble in the low end

Barefaced Audio Machinist
(Image: © Barefaced Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

A great effects pedal, but we'd like to see a little more thought given to the aesthetics.


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    Wide range of dirt on tap.

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    Solidly built.

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    Easy to get great results.


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    The perceived value, given the cost.

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Last year, Barefaced released a teaser video hinting that it had a new product on the way – and this time it wasn’t a bass cab! Now we know the company was heralding the release of the Machinist – its first foray into bass guitar effects. 

The pedal is the result of a collaboration between boutique effects manufacturer COG and Barefaced. It comes in an interlocking plywood box, like a tiny Barefaced speaker cab. Removing it from the packaging, we have to say that first impressions are a little underwhelming. 

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