Redbeard Effects Angry Rhubarb Paradynamic MKII review

Give your tone its just desserts with this combination of drive and EQ

Redbeard Effects Angry Rhubarb
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

A stackable overdrive that can do the job of two drive boxes in one, with powerful tone-shaping capabilities, the Angry Rhubarb is a home run for Redbeard.


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    Plenty of versatility in a reasonably sized pedal.

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    Two drive stages.

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    Powerful semi-parametric EQ.


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    Nothing really – switchable Q values would increase versatility but also detract from the inherent simplicity.

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Redbeard Effects, a UK-based guitar effects company, is a collaboration between Adrian Thorpe, the driving force behind ThorpyFX pedals, and guitarist Mikey Demus from the band Skindred. 

The Angry Rhubarb is the brand’s third pedal – following on from the Red Mist MKIV drive pedal and the Honey Badger Octave Fuzz – and is the direct result of pondering whether an overdrive circuit sounds better before or after EQ. Now a reality, it actually offers EQ sandwiched between two independent overdrive circuits. 

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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.