Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Nano Operation Overlord, a distortion/overdrive in a compact chassis. The stompbox is versatile in application thanks to a three-position switch that sets the input level to make it compatible with bass, guitar, and more.
EarthQuaker Devices has announced The Plumes, which is a low to medium gain overdrive “based on the trusty lime-green overdrive that has been an industry staple since its inception.”
Two famous Seattle companies have teamed up for something special. Verellen Amplifiers and record label Sup Pop have announced the Sub Fuzz Pop Drive, an effects pedal housing both an overdrive and a fuzz circuit that can be used separately or together.
Boss has introduced the 200 Series of pedals, including the DD-200 Digital Delay, the EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer, the MD-200 Modulation, and the OD-200 Hybrid Drive.
Tritonlab has expanded their line of effects pedals with the Equinox, a bass preamp/overdrive that emulates a tube preamp with JFET technology. The circuity achieves a “warm tube sound with soft clipping and low noise level,” they write.
Aclam Guitars has introduced a new overdrive pedal for bass and guitar called Dr. Robert. Named after the famous Beatles song, the pedal features artwork by Klaus Voorman, who designed the band’s “Revolver” cover. It is also based on a vintage amp from the same era.
MXR has teamed up with renowned amp and pedal designer Shin Suzuki to create the Raijin Drive. The new pedal reinvents two iconic Japanese stompboxes – an overdrive and a distortion – with more tonal range to keep up with modern pedals.
GR Bass has expanded its line of bass specific gear with the Pure Drive pedal. The unit features a four-band EQ with four selectable frequencies for the mid-range control. It also has deep and bright filters for more general tonal shaping.
Maxon has announced a new limited edition pedal called the OD808-40 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their original OD808 overdrive. It was originally created by former Maxon engineer Susumu Tamura in Japan.
Spiral Electric FX has just released the Yellow Spiral Drive, which they say ranges in sounds from “a clean boost to a crunchy monster.” The company is headed by circuit designer Tom Cram, who worked at DOD/Digitech and helped create The Carcosa, Rubberneck, and FreqOut pedals during his tenure.