“It has an obvious appeal to Gilmour fans… authentic-sounding Hiwatt tones from clean to everything-on-10 crunch”: Crazy Tube Circuits Hi Power review

CTC's latest twofer seeks to harness David Gilmour's Wish You Were Here tones in a pedal that pairs a boost with a Hiwatt-inspired drive

Crazy Tube Circuits Hi Power
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Another nicely thought-out addition to Crazy Tube Circuits’ twin-pedal range, the Hi Power has an obvious appeal to Gilmour fans, but from a wider perspective it combines two classic tonal flavours that are rare in pedal form.


  • +

    Two respected vintage sounds in one pedal.

  • +

    Effects loop.

  • +

    Plenty of tweakability.

  • +

    Compact size for a twin-footswitch pedal.


  • -

    The Hiwatt side may need a fair bit of dialling in for optimum use with your own amp.

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Crazy Tube Circuits has a penchant for creating pedals that pair classic guitar amp and drive pedal sounds. The latest is the Hi Power, which offers tones from Hiwatt amps with a recreation of the Colorsound Power Boost pedal, a combination that David Gilmour was known to use back in the day, notably on the Wish You Were Here album. 

The two sections of the pedal are independently footswitchable and the boost comes before the amp, but there is added flexibility with a send and return loop between the two.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.