Seven new pedals and effects units: May 2019

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

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

1Skreddy Pedals Rubber Soul

Skreddy Pedals Rubber Soul

The Rubber Soul is a guitar preamp pedal inspired by a small British tube combo. It’s designed to recall rock’s golden era, encompassing the tones of The Beatles, Rory Gallagher, Queen and more. According to Skreddy Pedals, it’ll take you from “clean to hot and jangly to smoky, slightly ragged overdrive”.

2Keeley Fuzz Bender

Keeley Fuzz Bender

First unveiled at NAMM 2019, the Fuzz Bender is now officially available. It’s a three-resistor fuzz unit featuring both high-gain silicon and smooth germanium. One of the highlights of this pedal is its active two-band EQ, afforded by two gyrators. The bass and treble bands offer more than 20dB of boost/cut at both 100Hz and 10KHz.

3EHX Switchblade Pro

EHX Switchblade Pro

EHX’s latest pedal is the Switchblade Pro, a compact switching unit that offers a bevy of signal routing options. It has two footswitches, A/B and A+B, to facilitate switching between two amps or engaging both at once. You can also add a third amp to the main output for a comprehensive three-amp setup.

4Walrus Audio Slö

The Walrus Audio Slö is a multi-texture ’verb pedal that’s designed to paint lush, dreamy soundscapes. It features three reverb algorithms, Dark, Rise and Dream, selectable via a three-way switch. The switch also provides access to three modulation wave shapes, Sine, Warp and Sink, for further range of sounds. Check out our review to learn more.

5Becos Effects CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor

becos CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor

Becos’ latest addition to its CompIQ line is a stomper with rack-levels of tweakability, the brand touts. It’s built around a THAT Corp Analog Engine, the same tech used in rack-style compressors made by DBX, Presonus and more. The CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor also features an analog tape saturation circuit for an added layer of versatility.

6MOD kits DIY Thunderdrive Deluxe Ltd

mod kits diy thunderdrive deluxe ltd

MOD kits DIY has unveiled another iteration of its Thunderdrive pedals, and this time it’s included germanium diodes in the design. Set at an amateur level difficulty, the DIY build requires “little to no experience”. Once assembled the Thunderdrive Deluxe Ltd can be used to push the preamp stage of your amplifier, or simply add a layer of dirt to your sound.

7Aclam Dr. Robert

Aclam dr Roberts the beatles

This interesting-looking pedal is modelled after the rare Vox UL730 amp, the very same that The Beatles used on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It encompasses the Normal channel of the iconic amplifier, featuring gain, volume and mids. It also has a Mach Schau! Circuit that dials in even more saturation to your tone.