The Red Spiral has three modes: Low, which goes from a clean boost to light drive; Middle for crunchy, moderate drive; and High, which takes you to classic, high-gain territory. These are selectable via a toggle switch, and give you a range of tones that the brands say recall the sounds of “hard rock, early metal and shoegaze”.
What the brands call a ‘Tone Pyramid’ – essentially a three-band EQ – lets you sculpt your tone, with a mid-emphasis Peak control interacting closely with your pickups so you can shape the pedal to your guitar’s needs. Gain and output are the other two knobs on the Red Spiral, and should need no introduction.
Tom Cram of Spiral Electric FX and Christopher Venter of SHOE Pedals are the brains behind the Red Spiral, which they claim is the result of a years-long collaboration. Previously, Cram and Venter had worked together on the Looking Glass Overdrive for DOD Electronics.
The last effects pedal launched by Spiral Electric is the similarly named White Spiral Boost, a versatile, JFET-based boost.
More information at spiralelectricfx.com.