There’s tons of new-ish stuff to see at NAMM every year, but it’s hard to really sort through it all, even if you’re there.
Here’s some fun stuff that I’ve stumbled across through press releases, twitter, etc.
EHX Satisfaction Fuzz
Remix of the OG. Taking a Maestro Fuzz Tone circuit, adding modern touches like true bypass. Here’s what they haave to say:
EHX re-creates the classic fuzztone pedal with the Satisfaction Fuzz, now updated with true bypass circuitry for optimum signal path integrity.
The Satisfaction Fuzz features an elemental two-knob layout with controls for Volume and Attack (fuzz). True to the genre, this classically-voiced fuzztone creates a sound that is anything but subtle and goes from an aggressive rasp to full-on fuzzed-out mayhem!
Amptweaker BigRock Pro
My friends at Amptweaker1 continued their tradition of announcing new pedals at NAMM. This one is pretty cool.
After introducing the popular TightMetal Pro™ distortion pedal in 2013, Amptweaker™ immediately received many requests for a two button Rock distortion. With its included Fat and Smooth switches, the BigRock Pro™ can get all the familiar tones from our popular TightRock and FatRock pedals, and many more. Unlike most distortion pedals with boost, the BigRock Pro includes 2 Boost knobs, one before and one after the distortion…..so it’s easy to boost the gain AND volume, for the perfect solo tone. There’s also a Midboost button that works with the output Boost knob, to help solos cut through the mix.
Developed while designing the FatRock ‘tweaked’ version of the TightRock, the BigRock Pro has a Smooth Edge switch which cuts the high end sizzle for a warmer edge, and 2 Fat switches for either the normal or Boosted tones to have a thicker attack with a bit more compression, like the FatRock pedal. There’s also a High Gain switch to select between Vintage sounding blues rock or heavier modern rock gain. The added three band EQ allows for much tonal variation, with its PlexEQ button for more traditional stack tone. Our standard noise gate from the original TightRock is also included, with 2 separate internal adjustments to help tweak the feel of the gate.
Amptweaker pedals are known for effects loops, and this one has 3: a universal loop, another active with the boost, and our popular SideTrak loop which activates when the pedal is OFF, to automatically shut off clean effects.
Robert Keeley put out 4 new pedals. A Seafoam + (there’s already a Seafoam, this one is bigger, adds stereo and vibrato), a big fancy Compressor Pro, an FTW-109 fuzz, and a Clipper Fuzz.
Bogner announced some very German looking pedals. A buffer/boost/splitter, a compressor, and a guitar amp DI.
Randall continues to, not so much reinvent themselves, but get people to remember they exist. They’ve come a long way in the last two years. Now they’re jumping into the pedal arena with a boost, 2 channel preamp, overdrive and a midi footswitch.
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
I’m most excited about this one. I already have some looping options, and I don’t use them much – but it’s mostly because they are built into other pedals and not terribly user-friendly. This thing looks perfect. Super simple, lots of features considering it’s just a footswitch and knob. Super long loop time. I think it’s gonna be a huge hit2.