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[review] T-Rex NeoComp (by LordRiffenstein)

T-Rex

T-Rex Engineering has been around for a long time, making high quality pedals and accessories that can be found on pedalboards all over the world. In 2014 they launched a new range of smaller pedals. As usual with T-Rex, these pedals have a couple of extra features for you to explore.

Neocomp

So, another compression pedal from T-Rex? Their Comp-Nova is highly acclaimed and can be found on a lot of pedalboards. The Neocomp is not a copy and actually has an extra control. You get Gain, Comp, Attack and Release controls, all that you would need to fine-tune a compressor.

[review] T-Rex Diva Drive (by LordRiffenstein)

T-Rex

T-Rex Engineering has been around for a long time, making high quality pedals and accessories that can be found on pedalboards all over the world. In 2014 they launched a new range of smaller pedals. As usual with T-Rex, these pedals have a couple of extra features for you to explore.

Diva Drive

A smaller form and packed with features, what’s not to like about? Build quality is excellent as usual. The pedal feels solid, the controls have a good feel. The pedal is based on a circuit using the JRC4558 op amp. Yes, like MANY other drive pedals out there, but the Diva Drive has some extra tricks up it’s sleeve. You get the typical gain-tone-volume controls but also a mix control. On the side of the pedal, there is also a 3-way toggle switch.

[review] J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer (by LordRiffenstein)

Rockett Pedals

Rockett pedals was started in 2006 by Chris Van Tassel and Jay Rocket. Both were long time session musicians and they were not totally satisfied with what the pedal-market had to offer.  So they started to design their own pedals, hoping that they would catch on. Their unique custom enclosures are eye-catchers!

Archer

The name, the knobs and the logo are obviously a hint as to the background to this pedal.  The Archer is Rockett’s own version of the much coveted Klon Centaur pedal. The controls are very simple and just like the original Centaur: output, gain and treble. The treble control is not a typical tone control but also not just a treble control. You can think of it like a mix between a treble and a presence control. Where the original Centaur came in a big enclosure, the guys from Rockett have put this in a very sleek design.  I only have 1 comment about it: if you use pancake plugs, the space for the power cable is very limited.  Some 9v DC plugs will not fit, it’s best to use a straight plug or a small one.

[review] Danelectro Cool Cat CV-1 Vibe (by LordRiffenstein)

Danelectro

What can we say about Danelectro? Let’s put it this way, if you don’t know this company, you shouldn’t be reading this review! ;-)

Coolcat Vibe

The CoolCat series of pedals was released many moons ago and had some very interesting pedals. The look isn’t for everybody but I like this old-school fifties look and feel.

Like it says on the box, this is a vibe pedal. Amazing wobbly tones can be had from it. It is different than most vibe pedals and I think it is a simulation of an actual vibe, there is no lightbulb inside it as fas as I know. Speed and intensity controls are typical for vibe pedals, the mix control certainly isn't and this is what I really like about this pedal. Great work Danelectro!!

[review] Klon KTR (by LordRiffenstein)

Klon

Klon is not a name from some science fiction novel. Klon is the brainchild of Bill Finnegan. He basically changed the pedal-world and maybe made the 1st real bouteek pedal ever.

KTR

The KTR is the successor of the much-respected Centaur pedal. The Centaur was being built by hand, Bill wanted to outsource the production so he wanted to get the same tone in an easier to manufacture pedal. The Centaur, as I’m sure you know, is one of the most sought-after pedals. An original is fetching prices that can buy you a great high-end guitar. Klones have come and gone but the real one has kept its foot in the door.

The pedal has volume, gain and treble control. Unlike the original Centaur, it has a switchable buffer. You can switch it on/off with a little slider on the side of the pedal. I agree that the buffer on is almost always better, so I leave it on.

[review] Danelectro Cool Cat CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive (by LordRiffenstein)

Danelectro

What can we say about Danelectro? Let’s put it this way, if you don’t know this company, you shouldn’t be reading this review! ;-)

Cool Cat CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive

The CoolCat series of pedals was released many moons ago and had some very interesting pedals. The look isn’t for everybody but I like this old-school fifties look and feel.

You have gain and volume controls at your disposal as you would expect. And then there’s the dual pot for treble and bass. They aren’t the easiest to adjust and you will often find turning both when you actually only want to change 1. You’ll get used to it OR, like me, you will find the perfect set-n-forget setting.

The pedal feels solid, switch is good so build quality is fine!

[review] Rockett Pedals Josh Smith Dual Trem (by LordRiffenstein)

Rockett Pedals

Rockett pedals was started in 2006 by Chris Van Tassel and Jay Rocket. Both were long time session musicians and they were not totally satisfied with what the pedal-market had to offer. So they started to design their own pedals, hoping that they would catch on. Their unique custom enclosures are eye-catchers!

Josh Smith Dual Trem

Josh Smith is an upcoming blues guitar player who has been working the road for many years. He has released several great albums and also works as a gun-for-hire doing high profile gigs.

The Josh Smith Dual Trem offers you 2 trem settings. Left and right side have the same controls. Both sides share a volume control. The pedal has 5 LEDs. Each side has a LED that visualizes the rate setting, it pulses to the rate/speed and each side has a LED to show you which side is on. Then there is the overall LED to show you that the pedal is on. Build quality is top notch and I love the unique enclosure!!

[review] Mooer Audio MDS3 Cruncher - Distortion (by LordRiffenstein)

Mooer

Mooer is a Chinese company making a wide-range of product from musical instruments to audio equipment. They have a bunch of products that are inspired by existing stuff, we are looking at their Micro Series of pedals. Several of these pedals are based on well-known pedals but now available in small packages and in some cases with Mooer's own little twist.

Cruncher

As some of the other Mooer pedals, this one is also based on a well-known 'box'. Most of the Micro series pedals share the same control set: 1 big dial and 2 smaller controls. The big dial on the Cruncher sets the gain, the 2 small dials are for volume and tone. The pedal is true bypass and has a 9v DC input. It's straightforward, less is more, right?

[review] DingoTone BSD Big Sky Drive (by LordRiffenstein)

DingoTone

The DingoTone name first popped up in 2011, although the team has been carrying out their mission since 2007. They want to build pedals that not only sound good but also feel good to the player. The pedals are built with premium components to a high quality standard. This results in topnotch pedals but they don't come with a high boutique price tag!

Big Sky Drive

The Big Sky Drive is your basic transparent overdrive, it is based on Germanium technology. It comes in an attractive and quality enclosure and has 4 controls. The Level control allows for a nice output boost at the top of its range. Drive gets you anything from a clean signal to a fuzzy overdrive. It doesn't get you in Fuzz-Face territory but has a similar character. The 2 control EQ section has a low and high control allowing for great control over the tone.

[review] Mooer Audio MBD1 Blues Crab - Blues Drive (by LordRiffenstein)

Mooer

Mooer is a Chinese company making a wide-range of product from musical instruments to audio equipment. They have a bunch of products that are inspired by existing stuff, we are looking at their Micro Series of pedals. Several of these pedals are based on well-known pedals but now available in small packages and in some cases with Mooer's own little twist.

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