I just came across a Guitar World article where they discussed five killer vintage guitar pedals based on cutting edge modern technology.
The first one in line is the Bit Commander by EarthQuackerDevices. It’s essentially a traditional analog guitar synthesizer. I’m personally not a huge fan of that synthie-thing in general, but obviously this little box can come in very handy depending on what type of sound you want to produce. The review of the product points out the obvious: the Bit Commander performs best when you play single tones in higher registers. Chords, lower (bass) notes are much harder for the device to handle and ‘translate’, which is absolutely normal for that type of guitar effect pedal. For more information around the Bit Commander by EarthQuackerDevices, click here.
Number two is a Hughes&Kettner device called Tube Rotosphere MKII. This guitar pedal, as the name suggest, simulates the typical 70ies sound of the old vintage Leslie cabinets with the revolving speakers that produces this distinct tone you can hear on works of many artists of that era. It’s a massive pedal packed into a robust frame. With over 4 lbs and a price tag of over $700 certainly a serious investment, but quality has its price. For sound samples and more specific information on the H&K Tube Rotosphere MKII, click here.
The Danelectro Reel Echo is as vintage as it possibly gets. A true 70ies sound without at least a hint of delay is practically inconceivable, and this guitar pedal makes sure that you don’t have to worry about that part. Very cool is the horizontal fader that allows you to perfectly adjust the degree of the delay you are looking for. And what a beauty it is, I don’t think it can’t get any more retro than that. More details around the Danelectro Reel Echo are available here.
So, this one really peaked my interest. The Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion gets you that typical 70ties fuzz. No knick knacks, just performance. The sound samples I got to hear were nothing short of brilliant. If you, like me, looking for a guitar pedal that lets you reproduce the early Black Sabbath sound, you should probably have a closer look at this device. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but it’s on my list and I will share my findings with you once I had a chance to try it out. The Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion is made in New York, USA and click here if you’re interested in more details and where to buy it from.
Last but not least is the MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus which is actually made by Jim Dunlop. This pedal comes with a broad spectrum of variety and basically lets you experiment as much as you like until you get the right mono and/or stereo sound. Sturdy built, plenty of knobs for fine tuning. Click here to learn more.