Dusky Mandorla

Taking cues from vintage tweed amps and treble boost pedals, Dusky Electronics has launched the Mandorla stompbox. The pedal harnesses the unpredictability of a MOSFET circuit to deliver even-order harmonic distortion without clipping—or in Dusky’s words, a “clean, but colored” tone.

There are only two controls to toy with: “Meat” and “More.” The former controls low-end response, so set it all the way down and you’ll get something “very similar to vintage treble boosters of time immemorial.” Crank it up and you’ll hear your low frequencies boom a little more. And the “More” knob, quite simply, is able to take your tube amp into overdrive.

Dusky Electronics sums it up best: “The beauty of analog circuit design is that simple circuits can exhibit complex behavior. It’s the infidelities and inaccuracies in sound reproduction that make a circuit musical—that’s where [the] magic happens. The concept for the Mandorla is to play to the inherent, delicious non-linearity of the MOSFET transistor to showcase a circuit that misbehaves in the most beautiful way possible.”

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The Mandorla lists for $160, and will be available in end-Feb. For more information, check out duskyamp.com.