LunaStone launches range of drive pedals

The four new stompboxes run the gamut from BB King’s smooth overdrive to Hendrix’s wailing fuzz.

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The company that made a name for itself with tube-inspired drive pedals has launched four more—what else—drive pedals. But with the quartet, LunaStone has broadened its palette beyond overdrive, throwing fuzz and good ol’ rock distortion sounds to the mix.

The four new pedals announced at Winter NAMM 2018 are: the Red Fuzz 1, Distortion 1, Blue Drive 1 and Smooth Drive 1.

The Red Fuzz 1 mimics Hendrix’s sizzling, frenetic and, in the words of LunaStone, “almost synthesizer-like” tone.

The Distortion 1 may recall a certain Boss unit, and is designed to be slightly dirtier than the brand’s popular TrueOverDrive 1 and 2 boxes. It’ll let you dial in Van Halen-esque sounds: classic, responsive and massive.

The Blue Drive 1 is, as its name suggests, built for the blues. This one’s modeled after SRV’s tone, so set the “Drive” knob on low and it’ll behave like a clean boost—but hit the strings harder and you’ll get bite and crunch.

The Smooth Drive 1 is the gentlest and subtlest of the quartet. It’s one notch below the TrueOverDrive 1 in terms of gain, but retains that unit’s tube-like warmth.

The new LunaStone pedals list for $199 and will be available in spring this year. For more information, check out lunastonepedals.com.

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