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If you were after one of Steve Demedash’s killer T-120 Videotape Echo Units, 112+ Preamp/Distortion Pedals, or Spidola Germanium Fuzz Devices - then this coming week is your critical diary appointment. As on each working day at 10:00 Hrs CST, Steve will be making a limited quantity of limited colourway editions available on his Reverb.com Demedash Effects Store - so probably a good time to bookmark that in advance!

 

All T-120’s are the latest V2 version of circuit with all ...

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12 of the best Pettyjohn Electronics Pedals : Past and Present Day Preferred Range Overview

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Those more sharp-eyed among you will have noted that I’m currently engaged in exploring the Pettyjohn Electronics range - sort of one or two pedals at a time. And this would seem to be a good point within those proceedings to share some of my findings thus far.

 

As I’ve relayed elsewhere, I was initially highly confused by Stephen Pettyjohn’s output in that all the Foundry Series pedals were offered with a number of ’Upgrades’. Making it seem to me that the...

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Zander Circuitry's New Compact Edition Guitar Pedals are now up to a total of Six

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I’m proud to declare that I own each of Alex Millar’s recent 6 Compact Edition Guitar Pedals - including of course the trio that was released last week. In that same shipment I received a plain version of the Siclone Silicon Chaos Initiator Fuzz - to which I myself applied the labels. You may recall from my ’Maverick Inflection’ article that I noted that I had some OCD issues with the splodgy nature of the graphics - to which ends Alex offered to do me a plain version - ...

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The 3 Pedal Challenge - Ultimate Range, Versatility and Variety at the key enclosure sizes

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The 3 Pedal Challenge was in constant circulation last year on a variety of discussion groups, and I’ve kind of been biding my time in the hope I would have more options to choose from by now, but there has been no significant addition this year to unseat any of my established selections.

 

There are various ways to go about the 3 Pedal Challenge - where some individuals simply just select their 3 favourite pedals - without any particular rhyme or reason. While for me it’s a ...

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Black and Orange HM-2 Style Distortion Target Capsule Collection in honour of the imminent Boss HM-2W Waza Craft Launch

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Most are aware that the updated and revived Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal is due for imminent release - I believe sometime around June. In order to celebrate that momentous occasion I’ve been building up a sort of capsule collection of some of the very best HM-2 style distortions - specifically in that Black and Orange colourway. Note that I’ve taken liberties with the Klirtonn Grindstein visualisation which is actually currently Black and Red, while I’m going to try to persuade ...

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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 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!

 

For me ...

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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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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

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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 Reverb.com.

 

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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