Echoline Germanium Distortion V2.0, Roadrunner V2.0 and Signal Driver Boost V2.0 review

Homegrown, hand-built effects in new, more compact enclosures

Echoline v2.0 pedals roundup
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Affordable, exceptionally well-built and practical, these more pedalboard-friendly updates to the Echoline offer great value and serve a range of drive, boost and tone-sweetening purposes.


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    The Germanium is a dynamic and touch-sensitive distortion.

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    Roadrunner's transparent drive works great with your amp.

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    Signal Driver is a stylish and practical boost.

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    Good value.


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Based in Surrey, UK pedal maker Echoline was established in 2008 and has a roster of pedals that are handmade, one at a time, using traditional techniques.

The pedals feature a mix of carefully chosen NOS (new old stock) and quality modern parts such as Neutrik jacks, Alpha pots and heavy duty footswitches. Echoline has recently redesigned its entire range – currently five pedals, including a booster, high-gain silicon fuzz, distortion and two overdrives – and moved from larger enclosures to version 2.0 pedals. 

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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.