15 new pedals and effects units: January 2020

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.

FoxGear Anubi

The FoxGear Anubi Ambient (Blue) and Anubi Modulation (Purple).
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The FoxGear Anubi series of multi-effects pedals comprises the Ambient and Modulation pedals. Both feature the FoxGear Rainbow’s FV-1 digital processor which allows the user to combine different effects.

Mastro Valvola LEM


The Mastro Valvola Lysergic Emotions Module (LEM).
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The Lysergic Emotions Module (LEM) is Mastro Valvola’s latest multi-head delay pedal. This feature-rich modulation pedal can store up to four presets and offers up to eight ambience types, ranging from a standard reverse delay to a lo-fi spatial ambience delay-reverb.

Electro-Harmonix EHX-2020

The Electro-Harmonix EHX-2020 Chromatic Tuner Pedal.
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2020 is the year that Electro-Harmonix finally releases a pedal-based tuner. Taking the release date into its model number, the EHX-2020 is a budget-friendly compact tuner that fits on almost any pedalboard and boasts and accuracy of +/- one cent.

Ananashead Effects Main Fuzz

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The Main Fuzz is touted by Ananashead Effects as a “do-it-all” fuzz box that can be built to feature either a germanium, silicon, or hybrid Si-Ge circuit. The design may be based on the venerable Fuzz Face, but a mode switch is included that allows the user to alter the voicing of the pedal.

Crazy Tube Circuits Killer V



The new Crazy Tube Circuits Killer V.
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Crazy Tube Circuits’ Killer V serves up surf-rock tones thanks to its overdrive-vibrato combo, inspired by classic Magnatone and Fender amps of the 50s and 60s. The stompbox features JFET technology and an internal voltage multiplier to provide ample amounts of tube-like dynamics headroom.

Ibanez WH10V3

Ibanez WH10V3 wah pedal.
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In conjunction (unofficially) with John Frusciante’s return to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ibanez has launched an updated version of the funk rock guitarist’s favourite wah pedal – the WH10. Exclusive to Music Zoo, the WH10V3 include modern features like the ability to switch between true and buffered bypass modes.

Free The Tone DVL-1H

Free The Tone Direct Volume DVL-1H.
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Free The Tone‘s brand-new DVL-1H is not your typical volume expression pedal. This upscale utility unit trades the standard string-based variable resistor set-up for a more sturdy and reliable gear-and-belt mechanism which links the pedal’s operation directly to volume change. A lower impedance version of this pedal is also in the works.

TC Electronics Hall of Fame 2 Mini and Flashback 2 Mini

Mini pedals certainly have their appeal and TC Electronics is not about to dispute that. The brand’s latest Hall of Fame 2 Mini and Flashback 2 Mini prove that a drop in size doesn’t have to come at the expense of functionality. Both pedals feature the multi-function MASH footswitch and TC Electronic’s signature TonePrint technology.

Cole Music Co. ParaDrive

Cole Music Co ParaDrive.
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The ParaDrive is Cole Music Co.’s first offering from its upcoming Parametric Pedal series. The overdrive pedal uses a dual FET/op-amp circuit that combines elements of the ‘Yellow’ DOD OD-250, ‘Brown’ Ross Distortion and the relatively obscure Pearl OD-5.

Origin Effects Cali76-TX and Cali76-TX-L

The Origin Effects Cali76-TX
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To celebrate 10,000s unit of the Cali76 Compact Deluxe being built, Origin Effects have released a limited run of the original, full-sized Cali76-TX and TX-L compressor pedals. Both feature a 12-stage LED gain reduction meter, a balanced line-level/DI output and a high/low-gain switch.

Heather Brown Electronicals Blessed Mother Overdrive V2

Heather Brown Electronicals Blessed Mother Overdrive V2.
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Heather Brown Electronicals’ esoteric overdrive pedal gets a few handy upgrades that increases its overall output while providing it with a wider tonal spectrum. The new version of the Blessed Mother Overdrive also retains its predecessor’s Immaculator control which allows the user to control amount of dry signal-bleed in.

Boss SY-1000

The Boss SY-1000
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Going from 300 to 1000 is a sizeable jump, but Boss‘ new SY-1000 has the features to back it up. Alongside the extensive instrument modelling, the SY-1000 offers a recreation of the GR-300, the OSC analogue synth engine and the new Dynamic Synth. All three offer numerous filter options, but the Dynamic Synth is the most fully-featured, offering tonnes of modulation possibilities.

Neo Instruments Micro VENT 122 and Micro VENT 16

Neo Instruments' two Micro VENTs
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Fans of the original Leslie rotary speaker will be thrilled with the much-smaller footprint of Neo Instrument’s Micro VENT 122 and Micro VENT 16. The former is modelled after the Leslie 122 rotary speaker while the latter is built to simulate a 10-inch speaker with a single rotor.

Mad Professor Super Black

Mad Professor Super Black
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Mad Professor gives us its take on the ever-popular Fender Blackface tones with the Super Black, claiming that the pedal’s circuitry replicates the amp’s signal path. The chimey three-band EQ is accompanied by a separate overdrive circuit that’s based on the Sweet Honey Overdrive, allowing users to overload the signal.

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal

Sunn O))) and EQD's Life Pedal in Silver
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Sunn O))) and EarthQuaker Devices’ collaborative piece receives a second – and final – reissue, this time in a matte silver enclosure. The Life Pedal is based on three stages: an octave fuzz section modelled after the Shin-Ei FY2 and FY6, a distortion circuit in the vein of ‘Whiteface’ ProCo Rats, and a boost stage designed to push preamp tubes into harmonically-saturated breakup.

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