Magazine article Guitar Player

21 Ass Kickin' Distortion Boxes

Magazine article Guitar Player

21 Ass Kickin' Distortion Boxes

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TESTED BY THE GUITAR PLAYER STAFF

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ASK A GUITARIST WHAT SINGLE PIECE OF GEAR he or she could live without, and chances are good that a distortion pedal would not be mentioned. Fact is, good as today's amplifiers are at delivering clean and overdriven sounds, most players still rely on pedals for at least some of their distortion tones. Your amp may have a great overdrive channel, but that sound--any sound for that matter--gets old after a while, and the search is on for something that will re-inspire you and hopefully make you sound better in the process. We're tasked each month with finding cool gear to fill these pages, but the truth is, we're always on the lookout for pedals for our own completely selfish reasons, be they classic tube-amp emulators, fuzztones, or signal boosting overdrives. For this Roundup, we gathered 21 pedals of all stripes and gave them all a thorough workout on gigs and in our studios. …

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