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Pigtronix Philosophers Rock

Pigtronix Philosophers Rock, e-guitar effect, compressor, distortion, volume and sustain controls, state-of-the-art dynamics processor is further augmented by a harmonic germanium distortion that can be added via toggle switch for even more over-the-top tones that will instantly melt faces when engaged, true bybass, incl. power supplyl (Pigtronix 18V DC)

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  • Bass Off/On
  • Funkguitar Off/On
  • Hazey Off/On
  • Rockguitar Off/On

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Overdrive Yes
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Great for guitar and bass

02.12.2014
I have been looking for a good compressor for years. I needed one that was compatible (and sounded good) with both guitar and bass, as I play both instruments regularly. After much research, and thanks largely to OVNILABS (website dedicated to analysing compressors in great detail) I decided on this pedal.

It has a very simple interface, two knobs and a switch, a very big LED and a footswitch, as can be seen in the pics. This does not mean that the pedal is at all limited however, as the range of sounds I've used it for is tremendous.

The volume knob affects the output volume of the pedal. As is common with 2-knob compressors, this is then used to set the level of gain, make-up or limiting on the input signal. Taking some time to find the unity level on this will make using this pedal much easier.

The sustain knob affects the threshold of the compressor, and has great headroom compared to other compressors I've tried. This headroom decreases if you use a lower-voltage power supply (the manual says that a 9v will run this pedal safely) though I've not tried this yet.

The overdrive on this pedal is provided by a germanium diode, and is applied using the "grit" switch. This sounds like a creamy smooth fuzz and I actually use it a lot more than I thought I would it sounds so good!

This pedal is best used as a peak limiter/sustain effect, though squashy compressed sounds are easy to achieve too.

I am very happy with this purchase, the box the pedal arrived in was heavily padded and the pedal comes with an 18v power supply, which is brilliant. I recommend this pedal heartily.
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Nice idea with weakness

pete.fm, 15.08.2013
Basically you can not complain, the device is very well processed and works perfectly. Me personally, however, is missing a tone control, which refreshes the signal somewhat, which unfortunately becomes a bit too dull. Not really bad, but I suddenly miss a part of the heights, perhaps this is due to the fact that the device works absolutely noise-free as opposed to an MXR Dynacomp or Boss CS-3. This may not be so bad when using for Slide, with Funk-Licks or Fingerpicking is again not so great. The additional built-in germanium distorter does not work really well with my amplifier (Blackstar HT-5R). It does not really fuzzt. But as is known, everything is subjectively and for anyone else out there exactly the hit.

For my part, I am still looking for the golden compressor.
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