As a music journalist, it is my job to review pedals. No doubt about it, it is a great job. I get to try out dozens of cool pedals each year. These days, it is rare to find one that doesn’t sound good, within the parameters of what it is trying to do. I really have nothing to complain about, but I do have a minor caveat.
Pedal builders are using a wide variety of footswitches. Leaving aside the idiotic argument about true bypass versus buffered for another time, my issue is the varying ways the switches need to be pressed.
Instead of four boring “Your Ad Here” banners on the side, I decided to replace three of them with ads for my books.
Getting Great Guitar Sounds has been in print for 30 years and is still relevant. I carefully stuck to basic principals rather than specific products so the info is not dated. Covers everything from the guitar to the amp and beyond.
Benjamin Hinz’s Dwarfcraft pedals produce the kind of wild sounds Guitar Moderne readers love. He also makes hilarious videos demonstrating them. His Memento pedal ($150) is so new the test model doesn’t have the usual cool Dwarfcraft graphics on it yet. Hinz hasn’t yet produced a video either, so you will have to make do with my workmanlike demo of what it does.