Guitarists are perpetually seeking to craft their own unique tone. They want to sound like nothing ever heard before. They want their music to be like a tonal fingerprint — something so wildly original that any casual observer wouldn’t mistake their mark on the annals of music history. For this reason, most professional guitarists invest thousands of dollars into effect pedals.
“When I first started playing out, I had so many pedals that my pedal board was actually a DJ coffin case upside down,” said Alex Rosamilia, guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem.
One of Rosamilia’s most important pieces of sound equipment is none other than the T-Rex Chameleon power supply, which is used to fuel his pedal board. Apart from the power supply, the Danish effects pedal manufacturer offers a myriad of different effects for guitarists.
Recently, T-Rex Effects unveiled four new pedals at the 2014 NAMM Show, but since that time they’ve unveiled six more pedals, all of which are set to premier this year. These new pedals are the Diva Drive, Karma Boost, Neo Comp, Quint Machine, Shafter Wah, and Tunemaster.
The Diva Drive is a compact overdrive pedal that has a Blend control, allowing guitarists to dial in the perfect amount of clean tone with the pedal’s overdriven signal.
The Karma Boost is based on T-Rex’s classic buffer amplifier, so it adds a good sounding bite and texture to overdriven tones. It’s ideal for solo boosts on either electric or acoustic.
The Neo Comp is a full-featured compressor with an adjustable attack and release for precise compression, so it’s ideal for any kind of musical style — from break-neck chicken pickin’ to sustained powerpop chords.
The Quint Machine is interesting in that it’s more than your average Four-Tone Generator pedal. It has a Master Mix control that allows guitarists to set the overall volume of their dry signal relative to their other modifications, so it’s an incredibly versatile tool.
The Shafter Wah is a triple-voiced analog wah pedal that features custom-made coils for a more pronounced effect. In fact, it even has three wah tones that can be finely tuned. What’s more, there’s a Hot Spot switch that lets the guitarist switch between the gradual “heal to toe” sweep and the classic sweep.
The Tunemaster is more than just your tuning pedal. It also has the ability to let the guitarist select a buffered bypass or a true bypass. In the buffered mode, the Tunemaster features an adjustable output that comes in handy for big boards and longer signal chains.
Each of these pedals is upwards of $250, and will hit the market sometime in 2014.