Hamstead Soundworks Zenith Amplitude Controller review

A classy tone-conditioning workhorse from the Brit boutique amp maker

Hamstead Soundworks Zenith Amplitude Controller
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Fully versatile as an always-on tonal building block, a switched-in variation, or a combination of both (in comp-only or EQ-only mode), the Zenith could be the perfect complement to your guitar and amp, offering practical options to enhance your core sound.


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    Solid build quality.

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    Compact size.

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    Natural-sounding EQ with midrange options.

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    Smooth compression.

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    Substantial boost.

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    OptoKick footswitch.


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Hamstead knows a thing or two about creating tone and its new pedal, the Zenith Amplitude Controller, is all about getting the best tone out of your own equipment by offering EQ, boost and compression in one place.

The signal path is all analogue, but three selectable routing options and some clever digital switching technology give you plenty of options for using the EQ and compression separately or combined.

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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.