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9 x Green Means Scream!

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And so to the 4th and final of the ’Pedal Primary Colour Wheel’ series. Here I highlight the most obvious of pedal colour associations or the Green Tube Screamer pedals - as originally by Ibanez, and Maxon to some degree as the OEM builder of said overdrive. It has to be the most ubiquitous of overdrive pedals - pretty much every pedal builder there ever was has made their own derivations of this relatively simple mid-humped drive circuit at some stage - albeit not all in signature ...

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9 x Orange Means Phaser!

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This is the second of likely 3 features inspired by my ’Pedal Primary Colour Wheel article’. I already covered off the colour ’Red’, and now we’re onto a fairly obvious category wholly dominated by the MXR Phase 90, its adherents, evolutions and derivations.

 

I own only a single on of the 9 featured here - the Alexander La Calavera, while I also possess a sort of mini version of the MXR Phase 99 AKA the Phase 95. My own favourite phaser is still the Chase ...

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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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28 of the Best Compact Tone Bender Style Fuzz Pedals - All 9 Varieties!

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Last time I did a Tone Bender overview I limited the selection to 12, and as much by chance as anything else I still managed to get a pretty decent roundup of most of the main Tone Bender varieties although not quite all as featured here. In the world of fuzz though only the Big Muff can compete with the convoluted and complex nature of the Tone Bender Family Tree - which I will endeavour to distil first, and then extrapolate into my own favourite / preferred pedals!

 

It all starts with...

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808 Overdrive 40th Anniversary Editions - An Odd Assortment?

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So today Maxon announced its own contribution to the 808 Overdrive 40th Anniversary celebrations - most will know that Maxon OEM’d Ibanez’s original TS808 Tube Screamers and continued making the same after the partnership dissolved - as the OD808. Maxon has delivered a pretty bog-standard looking OD808 bar for an option/mode toggle above the Balance knob, and Robert Keeley’s familiar signature in sharpie fashion across the main facia. In fact only 40 of this exact signed model...

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12 of the Best Compact Analog Delay Pedals

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There have been a number of new Analog Delay Pedals released this year and with the most recent release of the Bondi Effects Art Van Delay - I thought it opportune to do a round-up. When I last featured 12 of the Best Analog Delays - I covered pedals of all sizes - while here I’m just focusing on the compact enclosure ones. In fact I’ve made a slight concession towards the Stone Deaf Syncopy which is slightly over-sized - or the same size as its tremendous Tremotron Tremolo sibling ...

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12 of the Best Compact Flanger Pedals for Your Consideration

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I’m one of the relatively few players who still really likes flangers. You no longer see them that often on the typical pedalboard - as mentioned in my previous ’4 Next Level Medium to Large Enclosure Flangers’ a recent casualty to popular whims is the still excellent Chase Bliss Audio Spectre - the only pedal featured here with tap-tempo. I’ve gone with the discontinued but analogue Boss BF-2 instead of the newer digital BF-3 which does have press and hold tap-tempo ...

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12 of the Best Tube Screamer Style Pedals

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I believe the Tube Screamer is the most ubiquitous, well-known and most copied pedal ever - pretty much every pedal-maker has their own variety / version of a Screamer - I already have 4 - by 4 different companies and one or two more on my wishlist.

 

My current favourite and ultimate Tube Screamer is the Foxpedal City V2 - which has lots of tone-sculpting options - clipping, EQ-flattening, separate clean boost - it gives me everything I need. It’s not quite the ultimate Swiss-Army...

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12 of the Best Tone Bender Style Fuzz Pedals

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Before this current fuzz tone quest, I was not that familiar with the Tonebender style of fuzz and its 5 different iterations - MKI, MK1.5, MKII, MKIII and MKIV - much like the Fulltone OCD - each version sounding different to the other. This is a rather raw sounding fuzz - which I really like, at it’s most aggressive in the MK1 version and then sort of evolved and smoothed out somewhat as it progresses in later versions. I recall seeing these large wedge-shaped pedals in guitar stores - ...

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9 of the Best Guitar EQ Pedals for Your Consideration

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Another one of my always-on essentials - an EQ pedal allows you to finesse, tweak and enhance your core tone. I have it in the chain right after the Noise Gate - after all the drive pedals and before the modulations, but there is an argument for having it after the modulations too - it really improves the articulation of my core tone and makes it all sparkle a little more.

 

I’ve been with the Boss GE-7 from the start - first just a stock version, but then pretty soon updated to an...

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