10 new pedals and effects units: September 2019

Our favourite new stompbox announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Every month, we compile a few lists of gear that’s fresh out of the oven. Here’s one devoted to new guitar pedals.

1Sunn O))) Life Pedal

Sun O))) EQD Life Pedal gold enclosure
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Ahead of Pyroclasts, Sunn O)))’s second LP of the year – which lands 25 October – the band have re-released their signature Life Pedal fuzz box. This iteration features a sleek gold enclosure but retains its circuitry. It still has a LM308 chip, a clean boost stage, a Shin-Ei-based octave fuzz and a distortion circuit based on ‘Whiteface’ ProCo Rats. Only 500 new units were made.

2Morley Bad Horsie Wah

Morley 20/20 Bad Horsie Wah

Morley recently unveiled three wahs from its 20/20 collection: Bad Horsie Wah, Power Wah and Power Wah Volume. The former is informed by its predecessors, featuring similar switchless, electro-optical circuitry for smooth operation. It has two modes, Bad Horsie and Contour Wah, which can be toggled via an onboard switch. And all three wahs from the 20/20 collection feature pedalboard-friendly enclosures.

3Catalinbread Topanga II Spring Reverb

Catalinbread Topanga II Spring Reverb

This limited-edition reverb unit from Catalinbread features everything we love about the original, and then some. The circuit retains the drippy reverb effects offered in the Topanga and adds a new spring reverb inspired by Fender’s 6G15. There’s a toggle switch that turns this mode on, increasing both reverb density and decay. This is best suited for those who want more than just a simple echo effect.

4Mooer Tone Capture GTR

Mooer Tone Capture GTR

Mooer is back at it, this time shrinking their Tone Capture technology – seen in the brand’s flagship GE300 processor – into a micro pedal format. Using Mooer’s proprietary “dynamic layer” IR, you can sample a target guitar’s tonal characteristics and apply it to another six-string. This tech could be useful for guitarists who seek a variety of guitar styles, but don’t want to take too many axes on the road.

5Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact

Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact

Like its bigger sibling, the RevivalDRIVE Compact aims to deliver real amp overdrive. Through its analogue circuitry, this stomper is designed to replicate the way a tube amp behaves in terms of tone, feel and dynamic response. Unlike last year’s model however, the RevivalDRIVE Compact features single-channel operation and a pedalboard-friendly enclosure.

6Electro-Harmonix Mod 11

EHX Mod 11 Modulator pedal

Electro-Harmonix has crammed 11 modulation modes into a sleek stomper called the Mod 11. The pedal’s offerings range from classics like tremolo, vibrato and Univibe, to more obscure choices like flangers and phase shifters. On top of these, the Mod 11 also offers an operation mode called Momentary, which allows you to “switch in and out of effects modes” for a rapid change in texture.

7Seafoam Pedals Harpoon

Seafoam Pedals Harpoon overdrive

Seafoam Pedals, a boutique builder out of Gulf Shores, Alabama, has released a minuscule but deadly pedal called Harpoon. This unassuming seafoam green unit is an overdrive stomper designed to help your guitar punch right through the mix with mid-focused gain. Described as “extremely touch-sensitive”, the Harpoon reacts to your playing style and can go from cleaning up an amp to making it “scream”.

8Mojo Hand FX RVT

Mojo Hand FX RVT

The Mojo Hand RVT is a DSP-based unit that delivers vintage amp effects like reverb, tremolo and vibrato. Voiced after 60s amplifiers, the RVT is designed to assist smaller, feature-light gigging amps. Operation is pretty straightforward: reverb, speed and depth knobs, plus a switch to toggle between vibrato and tremolo.

9ThorpyFX Heavy Water

thorpyfx heavy water front

Heavy Water is the latest boost pedal released by ThorpyFX. It’s a dual boost unit, offering the popular high-headroom clean boost from The Dane, as well as a grittier alternative coloured by germanium diodes. The boosts can be engaged independently – via the corresponding footswitches – or together, should you want to slam the front end of your amplifier.

10Spiral Electric White Spiral Boost

Spiral Electric FX White Spiral Boost

According to Spiral Electric FX, the White Spiral Boost excels in two roles: an always-on booster or last device in the signal chain. As an always-on booster, this pedal is designed to provide ringing harmonies with a dusting of grit. As an end-boost the White Spiral can kick your amp’s dirty channel into high gear.

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