25 new pedals and effects units: December 2018

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

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

1Magnetic Effects Sandare V2

magnetic effects sandare v2

This is an update of the brand’s overdrive/booster pedal. New to this circuit is a voice control knob that dials in an overall EQ response.

23 Leaf Audio Chromatron

3 Leaf Audio Chromatron State Variable Filter

3 Leaf Audio’s Chromatron is a state variable filter that can take you from old-school, Hendrix-esque quacks to futuristic synth soundscapes.

3Amptweaker DepthFinder

Here’s an EQ pedal that allows you to add resonance and presence to your mix. This enables you to dial in tube-like qualities to your tone.

4MD Effects Compactor V2

MD Effects Compactor V2

This pitch-black compressor unit adds definition, sustain and punch to each note you play. It also features deep compression capabilities that ensure the dry signal isn’t lost in the mix.

5Amptweaker Curveball Jr EQ/Boost

Amptweaker’s new baseball-themed stompbox is a three-band EQ/booster with a ton of tone-sculpting capability.

6EarthQuaker Devices Black Ash Endangered Fuzz

You’ll notice right away that this fuzz box is inspired by the classic Tone Bender design. So while it may only have three knobs, it delivers a variety of overdrive and fuzz options.

7Coffin Frost Bite Fuzz

This fuzz pedal was designed in collaboration with Haunted Labs’ Christopher Cozort. It’s based on a silicon circuit and dials in a range of tones, from classic fuzz to shocking distortion.

8DSM Noisemaker OmniCabSim Mini

As its name suggests, this busy little power amp/cab simulator is essentially a portable version of the brand’s popular OmniCabSim Deluxe.

9Mooer 019 UK Gold PLX Micro Preamp

Mooer Audio 019 UK Gold Plx

The latest entrant to Mooer’s impressive range of micro preamp units can take you from sparkling mids to vintage overdrive.

10Bogner Amplification Ecstasy Blue Mini

Designed to recreate the blue channel of Bogner’s iconic Ecstacy amplifier, this nifty unit delivers the amp’s classic rock ’n’ roll crunch tones. This was released alongside the Ecstacy Red Mini, a higher gain beast.

11Wampler Fuzztration

The Wampler Fuzztration is a fuzz circuit with a wide range of tones and an independent octave effect.

12Abasi Pathos

Abasi Pathos

Built in collaboration with Brian Wampler, Tosin Abasi’s new pedal is a multi-talented distortion unit.

13Way Huge Purple Platypus Octidrive MKII

Way Huge Purple Platypus Octidrive

This purple box, like its predecessor, combines an aggressive overdrive circuit with a frequency doubler that produces an octave-up effect.

14Chase Bliss Audio Dark World

Chase Bliss Audio Dark World

One of 2018’s most highly anticipated pedals, the Dark World is a dual-channel reverb that has both modern and vintage tones. It was designed in collaboration with Keeley Electronics and Cooper FX.

15Fuzzrocious Grey Stache

Fuzzrocious Pedal Grey Stache

The Grey Stache is informed by two of the most iconic iterations of the Big Muff ever created: a GGG-tuned version with more overdrive than fuzz, and a Civil War mod that hails from Russia.

16Dwarfcraft Devices HAX2

Dwarfcraft Devices HAX2

The HAX2 is a modulation unit that’s all about sci-fi sounds and textures. It’s got a ring modulator, an envelope follower and resonant filters.

17Magnetic Effects Black Moon

The Black Moon is inspired by Dunlop’s germanium Fuzz Face, but features a couple of modifications of its own: namely, “Bias” and “Input” controls.

18Ground Control Audio Tsukuyomi Midrange Booster

ground control audio tsukuyomi

Modelled after Ground Control’s Amaterasu Bright Pre-amp, this handy midrange booster ensures your mids cut right through the mix.

19Mod Kits DIY Tone Attack

mod kits diy tone attack

The Tone Attack is an EQ/Boost pedal that offers some interesting tone-sculpting capabilities, but requires some assembly. This kit caters to both novice and experienced pedal builders alike.

20Joyo Tauren Overdrive

Joyo Audio Tauren Overdrive

Inspired by the Tube Screamer, the Tauren Overdrive is a no-nonsense OD unit with only “Volume”, “Tone” and “Gain” controls to manage.

21Emma Electronic Navigator Delay

Emma electronics navigator

The Navigator Delay packs a multitude of features, including delay and modulation effects, trails, and an uncommon beat-split option.

22Friedman BE-OD Deluxe

Friedman BE OE Deluxe

As its name suggests, this one is an upgrade of the brand’s popular BE-OD unit. Enhancements include an added channel and midrange controls.

23Joyo Uzi Distortion

joyo audio

The second pedal in Joyo’s new dirt box collection, this flexible drive unit can go from warm amp-driven overdrive to piercing heavy metal distortion.

24Lawrence Petross Design Sixty 8 Deluxe Overdrive

Lawrence Petross Design

Lawrence Petross Design has beefed up its Sixty 8 Overdrive circuit with an additional channel. Otherwise, it still features a transparent overdrive that’s modelled after a ’68 Plexi.

25RPS Effects Vitamin C

rps effects vitamin c

The Vitamin C is a multi-talented boost pedal that can inject your play with some “juicy” gain, but can also double up as a simple buffer.