Dinosaural Cogmeister review – with three gain sections, can this triple threat cover all your dirt needs?

Designed by Dan Coggins of Lovetone fame, the Dinosaural name makes a welcome return – with all your boost and drive options in a single pedal

Dinosaural Cogmeister
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The Cogmeister is an excellent pedal. While there are plenty of dual-drive pedals around, to put three gain sections into one pedal is inspired. Individually, these three will all work flawlessly with your amp, each bringing a different gain voice element to it, but in combination they can all slot together brilliantly, each stage complementing its neighbour(s) and taking the sound to the next level.


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    Great sound.

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    Easy to use control layout;

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    Three complementary effects in one box.

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    Just one power cable (or battery) needed for (effectively) three pedals.


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When it comes to choosing boost and drive pedals to work together in a signal chain, there are an awful lot of options out there and it can be a bit hit and miss putting some favourite individual pedals together on a ’board to see what works best. 

Take the case of using three pedals to build up your gain staging – perhaps for clean boost, crunch and lead, or maybe loud, louder and loudest. If that’s your game, the Cogmeister may just provide everything you need in one place; it’s a three-in-one gain pedal with individually footswitchable Push, Drive and Solo sections designed to perfectly complement each other.

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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.