SviSound CockedZoid review

A handwritten manual from Tracii Guns? Well, the CockedZoid is his signature boost/preamp/distortion pedal after all, and it is pretty darn awesome

SviSound CockedZoid
(Image: © SviSound)

Guitar World Verdict

A Tracii Guns signature Marshall-in-a-box, the CockedZoid is a bona fide face-melter with JCM800-style gain for days.


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    Musically rich distortion.

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    Flatters your tube amp.

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    Built like a tank.


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    Horizontal layout may not be the best fit for some pedalboards.

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    Not super-versatile (but it does what it does very well).

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I barely read the manual for a pedal unless it’s some outrageously perplexing one loaded with more knobs and switches than a rocket ship. Because frankly, if you have to, you might as well spring for a guitar processor. 

But inside the box for the SviSound CockedZoid pedal, I misguidedly unfolded a piece of yellow stationery paper – which happened to be the manual – and I’m not sorry I did. In what appears to be a scribbled note – written in blue, green and red Sharpies, mind you – its author commands me to take this pedal and 1) Plug it in, 2) Turn it up! and 3) Let it loose. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.