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9 of the Best Subdecay Effects Pedals

Effects Pedal MakersEnvelope Filter and Auto WahFlangerFuzzGuitar Synth and SequencerModulationOscillating FuzzPhaserRing ModulationSlicer and StutterSubdecay EffectsTremolo+-

Subdecay is a brand which I’ve featured a lot on this site. All these pedals listed here have appeared or been mentioned several times on this blog, and it’s a surprise really that I don’t own more of these. In fact I have just two to date - the Harmonic Antagonizer and the Vector Analog Preamp - the latter of which falls just outside this preferential list.


There are several here I’ve been on the cusp of acquiring when another rising priority essentially took ...

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I’m delighted to have got my hands on one of these limited edition Loaf Fuzzes. Funnily the one I’ve been after for the longest time has eluded me so far. The first Big Ear Pedal that was on my wishlist and that I still want is a Squatch Wood Facia edition of the Woodcutter Distortion. For me there’s nothing more fitting than to have a Woodcutter in a wood-facia enclosure.


I am actually quite the fan of wood-facia pedals in general, and have 4 of the Bogner Rupert ...

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I’ve been onboard the Tom Majeski train only properly since the Chase Bliss Audio Generation Loss Edition from October 2019. I had been aware of Tom for a while including in particular the Generation Loss, Outward and Moment Machine - in fact I came very close to acquiring the Moment Machine at one stage, before deciding that the Meris Hedra was probably better for my needs - and quite specifically in terms of form factor and pedal-chain fit!


The CBA Generation Loss was a real ...

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I have been a fan of Ryan and Shannon Ratajski’s pedals for quite a while, but I’ve somehow not yet ended up owning any until this Lil’ Fella, even though there are a number of Fuzzrocious pedals sitting on my wishlist, and I’ve featured quite a number on this site already. Readers will know that I have quite an extensive priority wishlist which chops and changes all the time - the timing of the Li’l Fuzz is just perfect on this occasion!


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Readers will know that I’m quite the fan of Rat-style pedals with a significant double-figure number of examples in the collection already. I really like it when pedals offer something a little different - rather than just a straight-up replica of the same thing over and over. I have 3 of Vitalii’s Drunk Beaver Pedals to date - the Distortion DS-1 Multi-Mods Clone, this Bat, and the Bloom Expandora clone - in order of acquisition. This Bat is the first of those to get a demo video. ...

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The latest Pettyjohn Electronics Pedal is the Core Edge Low Gain Overdrive (Gørva-enclosured). This pedal owes its pedigree to Pettyjohn’s best-selling Chime Overdrive - which per the visual can really be considered the sort of Senior version of that circuit.


Obviously we have slightly different controls, and at default the Chime is loaded with Yellow LEDs - which are designed for relatively quick-onset breakup. While the default Edge comes with Blue LEDs designed for ...

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2021 March Pedal-Chain Update - Episode III - An Atypical Pedal Plethora

Big Muff Style FuzzBitcrushing and Lo-FiBlackhawk AmplificationBoostBoost and OverdriveCrazy Tube CircuitsDrunk BeaverElectro-HarmonixEnvelope Filter and Auto WahFlower PedalsFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGermanium FuzzLone Wolf AudioMetal DistortionModulationOpAmp FuzzOverdrivePettyjohn ElectronicsRat Style FuzzReverse DelaySilicon FuzzSwellTone Bender Style FuzzTone ElectronixTX PedalsVox Style Distortion+-

March seems to have been unusually busy on all sides really, particularly with the day-job’s annual keynote event. Generally this year has been off to quite a moderate start, but that seems to have accelerated somewhat during this month.


It’s been a mixture of January NAMM pedals materialising and spring-time special offers, all of which contributed to a somewhat bumper month - with a record-breaking for me 29 acquisitions, prior to that the record stood at 26, while that ...

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For sure another exciting release from Zak Martin - the Aurora is a really modern and smart take on the BBD Analog Flanger. I’ve long been claiming the Thorpy FX Camoflange the King of the Flangers - certainly as regards its high fidelity sparkling top notes - still probably the best example of a Vintage EHX style flanger available nowadays.


The Aurora is a different beast really, it’s lack of Tone Control indicates it’s not really primed for those pristine Vintage ...

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Origin Effects Completes the Set with its New RD Compact Hot Rot Edition

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I’m a huge fan of Origin Effects’ RevivalDRIVE series, and have the original Custom edition with footswitch - for sure a big ticket item at £679 combined - though not quite as pricey as the CBA Automatone Preamp MKII. I acquired a unit very early on - and published one of the first in-depth guides to calibrating the device - around mid May 2018.


Next came the RevivalDrive Compact which arrived in August of 2019, I even did a mockup of how I though it should be ...

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Brooks Blackhawk Brings the Thunder with his Balrog V3 Monster Saturating Doom Distortion Machine

Big Muff Style FuzzBlackhawk AmplificationDistortionFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionMetal DistortionOpAmp Fuzz+-

Readers of this blog will know that I’ve long wanted the Blackhawk Amplifiers Balrog V3 Distortion pedal - in fact I’ve kind of been chasing it for a couple of years. I loved it right from first encounter - but these proved rather elusive to me for a while until I managed to secure one via the Blackhawk store on


I’ve featured this as both a Metal and Doom/Sludge Pedal, and its triple cascaded TL072 Opamps produce the most appealing brutal and thick ...

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