Darkglass Electronics ADAM review

A true tone monster, you won't ADAM and Eve just how good this bass EQ-cum-distortion-cum-compressor sounds

Darkglass Electronics ADAM
(Image: © Darkglass Electronics)

Guitar World Verdict

All the quality you’d expect from Darkglass, ADAM will be the apple of many a serious player's eye with its tone-shaping powers, and those presets sure come in handy when getting a feel for its versatility.


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    Completely transparent clean signal.

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    Heaps of tone tweaking options.

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    Quality build.


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    Costly, and that is a lot of buttons.

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If you had asked me five years ago to play through any sort of modeling gear, I would have laughed and walked away – but that was before discovering Darkglass. I’ve been consistently impressed by the build and sound quality of their products, which led me to buy the ADAM – and after spending some time with it, I can tell you that the Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine lives up to its name. 

I ran it through a Darkglass Microtubes 900 head and an Aguilar 412DB cab, and started by doing what I would normally do with any new toy, pressing all the buttons and spinning the five dials – Compression, Drive, Blend, Character, and Level – to see the range of extremes which the unit could produce. 

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