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One of the new key ingredients to our demo video sound is the marvelous Black Box from Sarno Music Solutions, a true audiophile quality, vacuum tube pickup driver that brings your tone to life. In addition to this marvel, they also make some effects pedals, and today we’re going to look at the Earth Drive Overdrive Boost. An easy control section makes this one a cinch to set and go, but there’s a lot to be discovered...

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Last year, we had the chance to review/demo a new pedal from Orange Amps, the Two Stroke, a versatile clean boost/EQ with a ton of options. We couldn’t wait to see what they came out with next, and today we get to head down that road once more. The Getaway Driver is an overdrive pedal that is also versatile, with a load of sounds, output choices and classic rock and roll tones. When you first look at the Getaway Driver, you see...

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Effects pedals with actual tubes in them are just the best, right? They produce a comfortable, inviting sound and feeling when engaged, one that you don’t want to give up…ever. Today’s pedal does just that and more – the Tube Factor Overdrive from Hughes & Kettner promises to take your sound up a notch, maybe even to 11 if you’re lucky… As far as controls go, there are three knobs on the Tube...

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Somehow, we hadn’t yet discovered the company building today’s featured pedal until now, and we’re sure excited that we did. Midnight Amplification Devices hail from Brisbane, Australia, and feature an eclectic lineup of effects over a variety of musical genres. We’re checking out the Giant Sound Boost Fuzz Preamp today, and have a couple more pedals from these guys in the queue for review as well…...

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It’s always a treat when we get a 2-in-1 pedal to check out here at Pedal of the Day, and even cooler when we get a 3-in-1 effect. Today’s pedal blows right past these and gives us a rare and unsurpassed FIVE-in-1 stompbox, something that sounds complicated, but in reality is just easy to use and produces great sounds. The PRISM from Jackson Audio is a buffer, boost, EQ, overdrive and preamp all rolled into one –...

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Are you a sucker for aesthetics when it comes to your pedal collection? Not that it makes or breaks a purchase, but we love a good graphic and layout, and today’s pedal takes us on an exciting journey of sight and sound. The Aqua Lung Overdrive from Rockfabrik Effects is an overdrive with a few common controls and a couple of added options for a wide range of sonic flavors to behold. Like most in the overdrive world, the Aqua...

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After the thrilling experience we had with the Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz from Champion Leccy a couple months back, we were super-stoked to have another one of their creations on our workbench. Once again, these guys did not disappoint, bringing a fury of thundering, powerful tones representing a number of different genres into the fold. The Evil Twin actually consists of two of Champion Leccy’s Wee Fettle Boosts in one enclosure,...

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When we started doing reviews for Pedal of the Day, the EM-Drive from Emerson Custom was all the rage, followed shortly by the Paramount, two of the finest drive pedals we have come across, and staples on pedalboards around the world. So, we got pretty damn excited when we heard that the Pomeroy Boost Overdrive was going to be hitting the market, and couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves. Well, the wait is over – a...

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Ever since we had the pleasure of checking out the Gunshot Overdrive from ThorpyFX last year, we’ve been itching to get our hands on another one of their beautiful metallic creations and see what it could do. Well, the day is upon us, friends, as we check out the Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive, a clean boost/dirt pedal designed to enhance your tone and give your sound that missing sparkle you’ve been searching for. Volume...

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Criss-crossing effects types in the pedal world to produce one marvelous sound machine is always a welcome sight to us, and today’s featured pedal embodies the genre-jumping we’re talking about with gusto and pizazz. Combining a quick slap/echo type of delay with an easy-to-use boost, The Milkman gives you a couple of great sonic options without being overpowering, and makes for an excellent always-on pedal. The Echo/Delay...

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Most of us absolutely adore the sound of a classic Fender Tweed amp, but struggle to find the right combination of amps and effects to get us into that sweet spot. Well, today’s pedal aims to change all that, boasting those vintage tones, complete with a tasty mid-range and lots of gain to work with as well. The Combo Drive from Garland FX gives you two effects in one, and delivers them in a package that is undeniably...

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If you are looking for a fuzz pedal that not only sounds great, but also has more output volume available than just about any pedal that’s come through our office, today’s effect creation is for you. The White Wave from Frana Effects is a Fuzz and a Boost, and has enough power trapped inside to take down a small building, if your amp’s speakers don’t blow first. Inspired by some classic fuzz tones from some...

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As if Joel Korte and the crew at Chase Bliss Audio hadn’t done enough over the last couple of years to enhance and electrify the effects pedal world, here they come again with another sick auditory creation. The Brothers™ is a Boost, Drive and Fuzz pedal, but, as they say, not necessarily in that order. Full of the patented control layout we’re all used to, plus the classic dipswitch array found on the top of all CBA...

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Today’s featured pedal will not only enhance your tone and drive either a tube or solid state amp, but proceeds from its sales help to fund a family farm in Maine as well. The Casco Logger is the first pedal from our new friends at Farm Pedals that we’ve had the privilege to demo and review, and this simple orange box made quite an impression on us. A simple overdrive, it can be used as a great clean boost as well, and...

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We recently got our first taste of what the crew at Stomp Audio Labs are capable of putting out, at least pedal-wise, so we sure were stoked to give another one of their products a go. While different in genre and appearance, the AMP Treble Booster is a high-quality pedal through and through, and though it looks simple…well, it is, but in a good way. Let’s check out this one-dial wonder, shall we? The Treble Booster effect...

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Boost pedals not only make you sound louder in the mix, they are capable of pumping up the tone in a great amp as well, not to mention adding in a little bit of dirt to your sound when set right. Today’s pedal takes the boost concept even further, by giving you not one but TWO boost options in one pedal. Why would you need two boosts, you ask? Well, you obviously haven’t played through the Pierce Street Double Boost from...

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Anyone who reads these reviews knows that we’re big fans of 2-in-1 pedals. The effect we’re looking at today is a perfect example of combining two great effects together in one pedalboard-friendly enclosure to maximize all the tone available from your instrument and amp. The Revolver RVO-3 is both and overdrive and a boost, working excellently on their own, and sounding just phenomenal when in tandem. The crew at Dedalo FX...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Coe S. – find him on Instagram (@coeschneider) and say Hi! From the get go I was interested in the small box, single knob lineup from SolidGoldFX. As much as I like to tweak sounds and create sonic havoc the appeal of a simple to use straight ahead sound tool is foundational and super important in my mind. I’ll admit, boost doesn’t usually get me excited, but this one caught my...

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The infamous Klon. We’ve all heard about it, a lot of us have played one or heard it live, and a couple fortunate souls actually own one (not us). For the majority of us gearheads who don’t have $1500+ to spend on one pedal, we look elsewhere to find that signature tone, which brings us to today’s featured pedal: the Klone. There are many of these floating around out in the effects world, and we decided to take a...

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A little while back, we were super excited to get a package all the way from Mexico, containing a pedal from One Pot, a company that we had been excited to work with for a while. Not only that, but this particular pedal, the Mojado Wetback Drive, had been custom-designed for us, and was even emblazoned with the Pedal of the Day logo, which we always love! Plus, it’s a 2-In-1, which hold special places in our musical hearts, and...

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At first glance, one could easily mistake today’s featured pedal for a run-of-the-mill pseudo-copy of one of the most famous (and now expensive) effects pedals ever created. However, once you plug the Pelitaur into your amp and crank up the volume knob on your guitar or bass, you quickly realize that you were sorely mistaken, and apologize to no one in particular almost immediately. This pedal is a fuzz, but not a normal one,...

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We’re sure that, like us, you were intrigued and a bit awestruck the first time you saw the Canaglia Overdrive from Lollygagger FX (if this is your first time seeing one, please react accordingly). A big, fat wooden box with three simple knobs looked beautifully clean and adventurous simultaneously, and we wanted to not only hold it in our hands, but hear what magical tones it would release once plugged in. Well, we finally got...

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We’ve partnered up with our friends Ground Control Audio a couple times over the last few months to check out their rad lineup of pedals, and today it looks like we’re gonna do it again! Their latest offering is the aesthetically pleasing and excellent sounding (and hard to pronounce at first) Amaterasu Bright Pre-Amp, a simple, down-to-earth boost that offers a couple different options, and will send your amp into the...

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What can you say about a boost pedal? If it’s made correctly, it boosts your instrument’s signal, driving your amp and letting everyone in the crowd know you f’n rock. The good folks at Way Huge Electronics / Jim Dunlop have created a boost pedal that not only pummels your amp, but adds in a special little lite and punch to your tone as well. The Angry Troll is a boost capable of pumping up to +50dB of gain into your...

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Vertex Boost

Vertex Boost


Posted By on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Boost, Vertex | 0 comments

Boost pedals are Boost pedals, right? They make your instrument sound louder, and help push your amp sometimes into slight overdrive territory, and that’s about it…or is it? The crew over at Vertex has crafted a new kind of boost pedal, aptly named the Boost, that does an excellent job of performing its main function, but does so much more as well. First off, this is the first boost pedal we’ve ever seen that has an...

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3-In-1 effects pedals usually require, well, 3 switches, a huge enclosure and a control panel that rivals something at a NASA launch site. Today’s pedal brings the versatility of 3 pedals to one super-small enclosure, providing a bunch of tones all with a user-friendly mindset. The Bipolar from PFX is a Buffer, Boost and Overdrive all rolled into one – curious yet? The Bipolar features just three control knobs, but they...

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A lot of times, boost pedals just do one thing: Boost. While that is all well and good, sometimes you want a little more from a signal enhancer, and today’s featured pedal does just that and more. The Two Stroke Boost EQ pedal from Orange Amps is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill boost pedal, but a complex (yet easy to use) tone sculpter, instrument booster and EQ all rolled into one. The Two Stroke doesn’t look like your...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Coe S. – find him on Instagram (@coeschneider) and say Hi! I purchased this pedal many years ago I will admit right off. At the time I just needed a boost, I had a tuner, a Sparkle Drive, and and a Line 6 dirt modeler. I didn’t know much, just wanted something to get me louder for solos. I was not disappointed. The Freq Boost is BBE’s take on a treble boost, great for...

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Today’s little piece of overdriven glory comes to us from a long ways away – Voronezh, Russia, to be exact. The crew at Blacksoil FX sent their first creation across the pond for us to check out, and what arrived was the excellent Alpha Centauri Overdrive. This little silver bad boy is based on the legendary Klon schematic, so the controls are a cinch to understand, but there’s also an added bonus feature to mix...

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After reviewing the new Mu-FX Mu-Tron 3X a little bit ago, we were blown away by what Mike Beigel and Co. have done with their new lineup, and couldn’t wait for more. One day, a magical box arrived at our doorstep, and what lay inside was an incredible 3-In-1 pedal that gives new meaning to an “always on” pedal: the Boostron 3 Boost Compressor Distortion box from Mike and Mu-FX. The Boostron 3 is based on three...

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We were recently privileged to test out and review an awesome fuzz pedal from a relative newcomer (at least to us) in the pedal world, Spruce Effects. The Lichen Fuzz was a great fuzz pedal, and we were impressed by its quality build and sound as well, so we were super-stoked to check out another one of their creations – the Growth Ring Boost. Right off the bat, the mismatched knob selection drew us in, as we dig some wackiness...

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We review a lot of pedals around here, as you may have noticed, and a lot of them have quite a learning curve to figure out all the ins-and-outs, how they work, what they’re capable of, and how to use them to fit a particular style of music. Today’s pedal is pretty much the EXACT OPPOSITE of that: a one-knob gem that has one function and does it brilliantly, with no fuss, no muss and just some straight-up great tones to...

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With yet another 2-in-1 pedal review coming at’cha today, we’ve been fortunate to be able to check out some great multiple-use pedals recently, and today’s featured bit of gear keeps the hits coming. While the Overdrive/Boost combo isn’t too uncommon, there aren’t many with both the simplicity and options of today’s gem. Combining two already fantastic pedals from PB&J Pedals into one, the...

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Multi-effects pedals can be tricky to write reviews about, as there is so much going on, and so many different options to choose from that it makes it hard to narrow the writing down and focus on a few things to discuss in detail. Such is the case with today’s featured pedal, the M5 Stompbox Modeler from Line 6 – and if the regular functionality of this pedal wasn’t overwhelming enough, this model has been modded by...

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First off, we’d like to welcome you to the next phase of Pedal of the Day: website update, more info for the reviews, higher quality sound and layout for the demo videos and more. Please take a minute to look around the site and see what’s new (and don’t forget to check out our latest Instagram Giveaway!). Now that we’ve got the business out of the way, let’s move on to today’s featured pedal. This...

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Recently, we started teaming up with Celestial Effects to do some pedal reviews, the first of which was their excellent Sagittarius Overdrive Boost. After checking out that sick pedal, we were more than excited for the arrival of today’s featured pedal, the Aries Beast Distortion. Any dirt pedal with the word “beast” in it makes our ears instantly perk up, and this distortion absolutely stepped up to the plate and...

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Being a pedal review blog, we love discovering new pedals and companies that we hadn’t previously heard of, and developing new relationships with them, which is the case with today’s pedal, the Sagittarius Overdrive Boost from Celestial Effects in Hudson, MA. 2-in-1 pedals are always welcome around here, and you really can’t beat the Overdrive/Boost combination. There’s a Volume knob to start us off, which...

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There’s a little pedal company out of Denmark called Emma Electronic, and they’ve been putting out some sweet pedals for years now. One of our favorites here at Pedal of the Day is their envelope filter, the DiscumBOBulator (check out the review here), and we’ve got another rocker for you today. The OnoMATOpoeia (great name, by the way) is a Boost and Overdrive in one, but won’t color your original signal in...

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Boost pedals have been appearing on pedalboards all over the place the last couple of years, but few look as awesome as the Strategy Boost from CopperSound Pedals. An op-amp based clean boost with simple controls and powerful sound, this is one boost that will get your audience talking, about both the pedal and the sound. Just looking at this pedal will put a smile on your face. Even if you’re not the biggest Strat fan,...

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Sometimes in this line of work, you come across a pedal that was produced by a now-defunct company, and there’s very little information available about it for you to really dig into a review. Today’s featured pedal is one of these rarities, although I’m going to try to do my best (plus, there’s a video at the end!). The Cedar Drive from Cedar Custom Effects is the overdrive on display today, There’s not a...

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Recently, we reviewed a dual fuzz/boost pedal from some friends of our over at Pusher Pedals, a prototype of their newest creation, the Bad Dancer. Now, this pedal is a combo of their first two flagship pedals, the Dirty Darling and today’s featured pedal, the Leap of Faith Boost. A simple but powerful pedal, this baby will give your guitar’s signal some oomph, and a bit more as well. Featuring one lone knob, such as most...

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We were recently introduced to a pedal company in New Jersey called Pusher Pedals, and had the pleasure to review one of their first gear offerings, the Dirty Darling. In chatting with them some more, we came to find out that they were in the process of making a 2-In-1 pedal, combining their first two flagship pedals (the Dirty Darling plus the Leap of Faith Boost), and we could not have been more excited. The result is a fantastic...

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For the most part, multi effects pedals are pretty fun, and can be super useful if you are traveling a lot, or have a small pedalboard that you need to cram a bunch of stuff onto for gigs. The Rocket Train from Movall Audio covers the bases for three pretty common and oft-used effects, all in one relatively compact box that should fit on any pedalboard with ease. I decided to go right to left on this pedal, as I usually like...

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Most (not all, but most) boost pedals are fairly simple, many times just having one knob to control the output volume, and nothing else. So, it’s always refreshing to come across a boost that has a little more meat to it, and some nice equalization options as well. Which brings us to today’s pedal: the Blinding Voip Boost from Jellyfish Electronics. While it’s true that the Blinding Voip does possess that...

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After recently reviewing a couple of new pedals from Backwoods Music, I came across an older version of one of their pedals for a price I couldn’t pass up, and was excited to see what it could do, after being thoroughly impressed by the Nightcap Reverb and Mockingbird Delay. I’m not a huge Boost guy in general, but I thought “what the hell”, and went for it anyway! Not knowing what to expect, I sat down and...

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Who loves the famous Klon Centaur? Alright, maybe we all do on some level. But seriously, not many of us lowly guitarists have $1,500-$2,500 to spend on an entire rig, much less on ONE LONE PEDAL. Enter J. Rockett Audio Designs, purveyors of fine quality and excellently-crafted unique pedal creations, to save the day. If you are craving that classic boost/drive taste, but don’t want to sell your car or first born to get it, take...

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Diamond Pedals have been a big supporter of Pedal of the Day since we first started, and it’s always a treat getting a package from them in the mail, ’cause you never know what to expect. This time around, the delivered box was loaded with dirt pedals, the first of which we’ll be checking out today. Both a drive and a warm boost, the J-Drive Mk3 Overdrive puts out plenty of power and adds great depth to your tone,...

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When you think of the term “heavy metal” and it’s origins, what name inevitably pops into your head? That’s right, it’s Black Sabbath, and if you said anything else, you’re incorrect. And when you think of this legendary band and how it shaped the sound of heavy music today, who do you mostly associate that with? Nope, it’s not Ozzy, but you’re close: Tony Iommi. His dark tones and heavy...

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Most pedal builders boast about a versatile drive, but JHS’ Kilt is truly worthy of the versatile praise. The Kilt’s toggle and knob controls allow for the player to dial in clean to full out gated fuzz and anything in between. And while most pedals that claim to be versatile have maybe one or two “sweet spots,” the Kilt is special all the way through. Based off of the old Expandora fuzz, the Kilt takes a...

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At first glance, you’ll notice a familiar layout, shape and even font on the Aluminum Falcon overdrive pedal from PCE-FX, perhaps conjuring up visions of a certain $2,000 drive that you’ll never be able to afford, but have always admired from afar (as many of us have). Awesome name notwithstanding, this pedal features some tones that really mimic the pedal I can only assume it’s loosely based on, with amazing boost...

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