One of the latest distortion overdrive pedals by Pigtronix is the Pigtronix Aria Distortion pedal. While it’s based on diode clipping, the Aria puts a new spin on an old idea to create some very warm, tube amp-like overdriven sounds. The pedal is touch responsive and very dynamic, adjusting easily to whatever vibe you throw at it. The pedal features true bypass and has an 18v power supply.
One thing that makes the Pigtronix Aria Distortion different from other pedals is that it uses a three band 12db/octave active EQ. This provides maximum tonal flexibility and lets the Aria truly make some unique and different sounds. It also gives the pedal the flexibility to create some wildly filtered effects, providing a wide range of tonal versatility. When the three tonal controls are all set straight up, the Pigtronix Aria goes into complete transparency mode. This gives the player the ability to customize the overdrive tone as they see fit.
With this pedal, you can capture an amazing gritty blues sound, or some great sparkly chime, and much, much more. For the bass players out there, this pedals makes for some great fuzz type bass overdrive. If you need an amazingly versatile overdrive pedal, the Pigrtonix Aria Distortion is certainly one to look at. It retails for $149.
Fuchs has created the Overdrive Supreme based on classic Fender amp design. However, the Overdrive Supreme boutique amp is more than just a Fender clone. In fact, it has several great features that many players will love. For players who like a lot of headroom and clean tone this amp really delivers.
This amp includes a full time effects loop that works with both line and pedal signals. It can also be set up to run in either parallel or series modes and stays live even when used as line in or line out. The amp uses an Accutronics three-spring long decay reverb pan to create a very detailed while still naturally warm reverb. When the clean channel is active, you’ll have access to controls for deep, brite, and a rock/jazz switch. Each changes how the tone controls work. Rock will create a more aggressive tone, while jazz in smoother and more balanced. The amp also features high, mid, and low eq as well.
In the overdrive channel, you’ll find an OD-in control to adjust the level of saturation and an OD-out control, which balances the dirty and clean channels. There’s also a master volume, reverb, and accent control.
The Fuchs Overdrive Supreme boutique amp uses a high voltage DC power supply, 4 and 8 ohm outputs, and is made from aircraft-grade aluminum. A used model will cost around $1,000, while newer models (which are hard to find since this amp was made in 2001) will be much higher.