Maestro Agena, Arcas, Mariner and Orbit review

Gibson's expansion of its freshly-revived Maestro effects continues apace – we put its compressor, phaser, tremolo and envelope filter to the test

Maestro Orbit Phaser
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

From the tone-sweetening qualities of the Arcas to the more out there sounds of the Agena envelope filter, the second batch of Maestro pedals has something for everyone, with dual-modes making for four versatile takes on classic effects.


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    Excellent sounds, from the practical to the wild card.

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    Versatile set of vintage-inspired sounds.

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    Sturdy build quality.

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    Top-mounted sockets.


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    On the large side.

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Early in 2022, 60 years after the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone was launched way back in 1962, Gibson brought its long-retired Maestro brand back to the marketplace in a big way with five pedals: the Fuzz-Tone FZ-M, Discover Delay, Comet Chorus, Ranger Overdrive and Invader Distortion.

At the time, we were hoping there would be more to come, and that hope has now become reality with the release of five more pedals. The Agena Envelope Filter, Arcas Compressor Sustainer, Mariner Tremolo, Orbit Phaser, and Titan Boost all follow the same form factor and the same distinctive geometric graphics established by those first five new Maestros and we have four of them here to take a look at.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.