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Aclam Guitars Announces Dr. Robert Overdrive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Aclam Guitars Announces Dr. Robert Overdrive Pedal

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 Releases the Raijin Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

MXR Releases the Raijin Drive Pedal

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 Introduces the Pure Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

GR Bass Introduces the Pure Drive Pedal

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 Unveils the Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary OD808-40 Overdrive Pedal
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Maxon Unveils the Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary OD808-40 Overdrive Pedal

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 Unveils the Yellow Spiral Drive Pedal
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Spiral Electric FX Unveils the Yellow Spiral Drive Pedal

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.

Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces Playing Mantis, Knob Jawn Pedals
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Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces Playing Mantis, Knob Jawn Pedals

Fuzzrocious Pedals released two new pedals at the Winter NAMM Show with the Playing Mantis and the Knob Jawn. Each of the pedals is handmade in their New Jersey shop.

Pirate Guitar Effects Introduces the Peg Leg Overdrive/Compressor Pedal
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Pirate Guitar Effects Introduces the Peg Leg Overdrive/Compressor Pedal

Pirate Guitar Effects has released the Peg Leg Overdrive and Compressor, a pedal that they say captures the amp tones of the ’60s and ’70s with an added versatile compressor. Useful for bass and guitar, the pedal features dual-mode circuits for a wide palette of sounds.

Ananashead Effects Unveils the Blend Bass Drive Pedal
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Ananashead Effects Unveils the Blend Bass Drive Pedal

Spain’s Ananashead Effects has added to their line of bass pedals with the Blend Bass Drive. The new stompbox is described as emulating a classic overdrive from the 1970s while adding a clean signal blend. “The Blend Bass Drive is based on the DOD250, modified for bass and allowing more low frequencies with a clean JFET blend circuit in front,”...

Zorg Effects Unveils the Glorious Basstar 2 Pedal
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Zorg Effects Unveils the Glorious Basstar 2 Pedal

France’s Zorg Effects has updated their flagship bass pedal with the Glorious Basstar 2. New features include a vertical enclosure with top-mounted jacks and an optional soft switch relay true bypass. It still retains its sonic features with a three-band overdrive. “It cuts the signal in three frequencies bands: bass/mids/trebles,” Zorg writes. “Each band can then be saturated independently and...

Adventure Audio Unveils Glacial Zenith II Pedal
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Adventure Audio Unveils Glacial Zenith II Pedal

Adventure Audio has expanded their pedal lineup with the Glacial Zenith II, which is an overdrive pedal they say “guitar, bass, and electric keyboard players the ability to shape their tone they way they hear it in their head.” This is accomplished by allowing the three components of the unit – a drive, a 3-band EQ, and a boost –...