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9 x Purple Means Fuzz!

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Yet another Pedal Primary Colour Wheel derived article - I must surely be running out of these colour-associated varieties soon. In my original piece I recalled the alliteration of Lovepedal’s Purple Plexi which made that the most obvious Purple Pedal association, yet I also mentioned how Jimi Hendrix had inspired a number of Purple Fuzz Pedals. This is as distinct from the Violet Ram’s Head Muff - which is associated with a slightly different hue. Here the colour Purple is that ...

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9 x Sky Blue Means Chorus!

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Another bonus round for the ’Pedal Primary Colour Wheel’ series - I kind of knew I would likely do this at some stage - the Boss Sky Blue influence on the Chorus format. Interestingly the original Choruses from Boss and MXR were somewhat dull grey boxes, and it wasn’t really until Boss’s CE-3 that the colour was properly locked down - the blue of the first CE-2 was typically a little paler and less saturated than the hue we’ve all become so familiar with now - or ...

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JAM Pedals' 5 Pedal Fuzztopia

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I’ve been aware of the Jannis Anastasakis led Greek boutique pedal builder JAM Pedals for a number of years now - initially through their superb analog Delay Llama pedals, but latterly because of their Retrovibe, Wahcko Wah, Waterfall Chorus and Rattler Rat pedals in particular.

 

In fact I so liked the Rattler that I have both the standard and ’+’ varieties - you can read about that in my Twisted Tale of 4 Rats article. My recent 28 Compact Big Muff pedals roundup also...

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Jam Pedals Rattler - A Twisted Tale of 4 Rats!

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This Twisted Tale started almost a month and a half ago (in part) when Dan and Mick of That Pedal Show announced that they were working on a limited edition Rattler collaboration with leading Greek pedal builder JAM Pedals. I’m a huge fan of Rat pedals and had 13 already in the collection at that time - with the Rattler having been firmly on my wishlist for quite a while (couple of years or so) - I had long intended to get one - just not got around to it yet. With the TPS announcement it ...

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28 of The Best Compact Big Muff Fuzz Pedals - All 7 Key Varieties

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After my 28 strong Compact Tone Bender roundup it was inevitable that I would do the same sort of thing with Big Muffs. My understanding and experience has of course improved immensely since I last did a proper Big Muff overview, and here like I did with the Tone Benders, I try to select a representative selection by each of the different main varieties of Muff - as indicated by icons in my above visual.

 

Even though Kit Rae’s Big Muff Page identifies 12 specific versions of Big ...

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16 of the Best Compact Treble Booster Pedals

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This feature was inspired by two recent events - firstly I came across a mention of the new Knight Audio Technologies’ Brian May Classic Triple-Mode Treble Booster, and secondly - Pete Thorn this last Thursday released a really smart video on the use of Treble Boosters. Pete featured 4 such pedals - the 65 Amps Colour Boost, Crazy Tube Circuits Constellation, Divided by 13 Dyna Ranger, and the rather huge Pete Cornish TB-83 Extra Duplex Treble Boost. Of those 4, I actually already have ...

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Best of Greek Guitar Pedals and Pedal Builders

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This article continues the series which I started with Best of British, Canadian, French, German and Italian Pedal Builders - some of which could do with updating probably, but frankly I prefer doing new stuff. It turns out that Greece is actually a significant hub of activity with a number of Internationally renown brands.

 

I feel the big 3 are Crazy Tube Circuits, JAM Pedals and Tsakalis Audioworks, while VS Audio also has had some significant publicity fairly recently and ...

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16 of the Best Rat Style Fuzz/Distortion Pedals

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I think that the Rat style is possibly my favourite style of dirt pedal. It really depends how distinctly you classify all the Marshall pedals I have versus the already 8 Rat-style pedals in the collection (Actually 10 really, but 7 in the top 16 feature).

 

So my current all-time Rat-style champ is not always associated with the genre even though it is a full-throttle OmpAmp-driven fuzzstortion chaos machine - I am of course referring to Dr Scientist’s formidable Frazz Dazzler ...

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12 of the Best Uni-Vibe Style Pedals

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I have to confess that I used to be a touch confused between Chorus/Vibrato and Vibe/Uni-Vibe effects. In certain pedals there is a degree of overlap, but generally a genuine Uni-Vibe pedal is actually a sort of phaser / phase-shifter whose effect is generated by bulb-driven photocell modulation. The original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe was developed in around 1967/8 to replicate the Leslie / Rotary Speaker sound. While it did not come nearly close enough to achieving that effect, it did nonetheless ...

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12 of the Best Rat Style Fuzz Pedals

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I’ve always liked the ProCo Rat sound - as utilised by the Arctic Monkeys and hundreds of other indie and alternative rock bands. There is always the debate as to whether the Rat should be considered a Fuzz or more of a Drive / Distortion type pedal - I definitely have it as a fuzz pedal - it has that very obvious fuzz sizzle to its core tone. I might concede this to the neologism - fuzztortion which covers both - but the fuzz stays! The Rat&...

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