The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay has been often referred to as a pearl, and not only because of its color. It is pure magic, and quickly became an essential component on my pedalboard. It is an amazingly guitarist-friendly delay box: easy to use, very sturdy, with a well designed footswitch typical of all Boss pedals. Apart from the favorable physical features, this classic pedal provides the awesome sounding digital delay. If you want a clear and crisp sound with precise repeats, the DD-3 is the right choice. Because of the short battery life, however, you should use an AC adapter for a longer performance.
The EHX Double Muff is an easy-to-use overdrive/fuzz pedal that gives you two classic ’69 plug-in Muff Fuzz effects in one box. For controls, it has two knobs marked as Muff 1 and Muff 2, a fingerswitch to toggle between the single and double modes, and a footswitch. In single mode, the Muff 1 knob controls both volume and overdrive. In double mode, the Muff 2 knob has a leading role while the Muff 1 knob controls the volume. It features true bypass and has a sturdy metal housing, making it great to take on the road.
The Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion pedal is so user-friendly that you don’t even need the manual. It contains three main controls: Level, Tone, and Distortion, and an additional “Turbo” knob that functions as a switch between Turbo Mode I and Turbo Mode II. The pedal features twin Turbo modes, which means that you practically get two distortion sounds in a single box. Turbo Mode I produces light and mellow, but powerful distortion because of the turbo circuit. Even when the sound is extremely distorted, the distortion circuits prevent the emission of a high-pitched sound. Turbo Mode II produces an explosive sound and, besides riffs, is great for solos. The possibility to switch between a turbo and normal mode by connecting the Boss FS-5L footswitch to the Remote Jack is really useful for this pedal.
Have you ever wondered while, for example, listening to Love by The Smashing Pumpkins how to achieve the effect that the song starts with? The answer may lie in a lemon yellow stompbox by the name Ibanez FL9 Flanger. However, have in mind that this is not a plug-n-play type of a pedal, so do not expect to achieve this effect overnight. To discover this flanger’s full potential, arm yourself with patience, be ready to experiment and do some twiddling, and it will surely become one of your favorite effects.
The reissued version of the original Guv’nor overdrive effects pedal, the Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus, is a versatile distortion stompbox whose captivating design will immediately attract you. One cannot remain indifferent to the retro beauty of its shiny sturdy metal housing. There are golden control knobs for gain, deep, bass, mid, treble, and volume. It is very user-friendly and it requires no effort to press on/off switch. The Guv’nor Plus employs a passive bypass switching circuit. In the beginning I used a power supply but soon after switched to a battery. A long battery life is what makes the pedal highly reliable at concerts. It is powered by 9-volt battery or 9VDC power adapter. With the chassis hard as a rock, the pedal has a high level of stage survivability, which is another feature that adds to its reliability.
One of the true joys of playing guitar is the never-ending quest for the perfect tone. The Lovepedal COT 50, or “Church of Tone,” is one of those gems you find along the way that truly stands out like few other pedals. It’s one of those pedals that you can just kind of leave on all the time and it makes everything sound better… much better. The premise behind the COT 50 was to conjure up the sound of a late 60s plexi in an overdrive pedal.
Line 6’s POD HD500 used to be their pride and joy, but their flagship multi-FX pedal has now been superseded by a newer version, boasting improved DSP power and the expected set of well-modeled amplifiers and effects. But is the POD HD500X promising more than it can offer? Does it really take things much further than the older model? Ultimately, is it worth the sizable investment?
If you aren’t a seasoned multi-effects pedal user, some of the goliath, feature-heavy devices complete with vast arrays of footswitches and dials may seem a little off-putting. The manuals are dense and not always clearly written, and navigating your way through the menus to dial in your desired effects parameters, amp models and settings can seem more trouble than it’s worth. Plus, for those looking for a specific artist’s sound but without a detailed knowledge of how to go about creating those sounds, the results aren’t always particularly inspiring. For these types of players – not to mention people just looking for something fun and easy to use – Line 6 has the Amplifi FX100.