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16 of the Best Medium and Large Fuzz Pedals - 2019 Edition

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I originally intended to do a 20 strong feature, but decided that since I had already covered 5 medium pedals in my recent ’Rat’ overview I could get away with 16 here. Since some of the enclosure sizes here are quite large, it doesn’t really make sense to cram in too many - so the 16 limit just about does the job. Whenever I do one of these features I always feel that I may have overlooked some essential/s - if you could please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed...

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24 of the Best Compact Distortion Pedals - 2019 Edition

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I’ve only just very recently provided a list of my 20 favourite Marshall Style Pedals - and obviously some of those have been separated out into the heavier High Gain category - but when you focus on distortion you can’t really get away from Marshall to a large degree - such is its influence on these types of tones. In fact 14 pedals are retained from the Marshall article and 10 more somewhat different varieties have been added.

 

If you’ve recently read the Marshall ...

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24 of the Best Compact High Gain and Metal Style Distortion Pedals - 2019 Edition

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So last year I did a sort of 15 Metal Pedal overview - but I’ve come across a few more since - and there have been some new launches - so I thought it opportune to do a more extensive round-up. This is actually the first of a series of 4 articles featuring my favourite High Gain, Distortion, Fuzz and Overdrive - pedals - one feature per category - with 24 pedals in each overview. I have been doing these for the last couple of years and this is the 2019 series as such.

 

These are ...

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20 of the Best Compact Marshall Style Pedals

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After doing lots of more individual flavours of drive pedal overviews recently - it’s time to do another roundup of that most eternally favoured of amp distortion tones - the many flavours of Marshall. There are a few here that are based on JTM45 sounds - but generally I’ve separated the Bluesbreaker style pedals into their own category. Most of these are within that classic rock heyday range or sort of Plexi through JCM800.

 

I’ve tried to indicate most relevant Amp ...

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9 of the Most Distinctive Pedal Range Enclosure Designs

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When I did my various country-based pedal-builder overviews I came across a large number of pedals which looked either too samey or else were somewhat unimpactful aesthetically and/or thematically. A significant part of my day job consists of Brand Stategy / Brand Engineering and Design Consultancy and part of me always wants to improve things and make them better - whether that is wanted or not - so you can heed this advice or ignore as you feel pertinent.

 

For pedal-makers, the ...

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Best of Mini, Compact, Medium and Large Extreme High Gain / Metal Style Distortion Pedals

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So hopefully you have already read my High Gain / Metal Style Pedals article - as this really is a follow-up to that. I determine ’Extreme’ as the more modern metal tone with mid-push and super tight percussive sound. A number of these pedals are highly capable and versatile though - so it really depends how you set them up and how much gain you have dialled in. In any case these are typically the ones at the higher end of that spectrum.

 

There’s not too much between ...

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12 of the Best Medium and Large High Gain / Metal style Distortion Pedals

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Not unusually for me, but pretty much all of these that I don’t have yet are on my wishlist, and I’m still deciding on what order to acquire those in and which ’I need’ the most! My current big metal pedal trio consists of the excellent Diezel VH4-2, Empress Heavy and MI Effects Megalith Delta - I set the Diezel at the most extreme gain, then the Megalith Delta, and then the two voicings of the Empress Heavy. Each of these is a dual drive so there are myriad options here...

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15 of the Best Compact High Gain and Metal style Distortion Pedals

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This article was prompted by my earlier piece on the Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal Pedal / Alternatives, as well as a reader request to review the KHDK Dark Blood. As always though I never review anything in isolation - I try to take the pulse on the larger category and see what pedals are competing in that category and are worthy of consideration.

 

Even metal pedals as such have varying degrees of distortion, but I’ve tried to focus on those here that are intended as principally high ...

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6 Cool Germanium and Silicon Switchable Fuzz Pedals

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This article has come about really because of one single fuzz pedal that I’ve coveted for a while now - the Spaceman Effects Gemini III which was released back in 2012 in limited batches as follows:

  • 50 x Black Edition - $359
  • 15 x Blue Edition - $359
  • 20 x Copper Edition - $389
  • 90 x Silver Edition - $349
  • 40 x White Edition - $359

So 5 limited runs of a total of 215 pedals. Of course all those pedals were sold within a matter of weeks I understand, and the way Spaceman Zak Martin ...

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24 of the Best Distortion Pedals - 2018 Compact Edition

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The last time I did a piece on my ’best of’ distortion pedals some criticised me for my somewhat overwhelming Marshall-type bias. Of course it just happens that the Marshall amps were the first of the full-throated richly harmonic distortions, so it’s quite understandable that they left such a mark. Yet of course there are other notable amp-type distortion flavours which I love too, and so I’ve tried to mix it up a little more on this occasion. As detailed previously, ...

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