DEVI EVER FX
Big Distortion Sound Machine
This Sound Machine is a two-for-one: One circuit, armed simply with GAIN and VOLUME controls, spits out synthy, bass-heavy square-wave fuzz, while the other circuit lets you dial in the perfect texture, gain, tone, and extreme distortion on midrange and treble frequencies. Get the best of both worlds by mixing and matching with the pedal’s dual outputs.
Vapor Shield Strings
Boasting bright tone, an even feel, and a lifespan that’s five times longer than most other strings, La Bella’s new nickel Vapor Shields get their magic from being treated with a “nucleated polymer vapor” that won’t flake and keeps them impervious to dirt and grime. Choose between light-gauge 4-string (.040–.100), standard-gauge 4-string (.045–.105), light-gauge 5-string (.040–.118), standard 5 (.045–.130), light 6 (.030–.118), and standard 6 (.030-.130) sets.
Street 4-string, $28; 5-string, $38; 6-string, $48
Lightweight Aluminum Pedalboards
Make your tap-dancing choreography easier with Gator’s new lightweight pedalboard, which features an all-aluminum frame, an angled platform, angled cutouts for signal and power routing, maximum pedal space, and a universal bracket to mount power supplies beneath the board. The ’boards come in two sizes (small, for four to five pedals, and large, for up to eight pedals) and either black, green, orange, or yellow. Includes a padded carry bag.
Street Small board, $100; large board, $150
Pitchfork Chromatic Stage Tuner
With three display modes (meter, full strobe, and half strobe), 1kHz step calibration (436Hz–445Hz), LED screen, choice of seven flat settings, and an ultra-rugged metal chassis, the Pitchfork is built for stage, studio, and the rigors of the road.
Looking for an affordable, studio-grade compressor in a stompbox? Keeley’s newest pedal, both a compressor and a limiting amplifier, keeps it simple with just gain, threshold, and compression, but its exotic, high-fi THAT4320 integrated circuit—as well as its voltage-controlled amplifiers, an on-board true-rms detector, and high performance op-amps—promise something out of the ordinary.
Chorusaurus Bass Chorus
Aguilar’s latest pedal helps you achieve your analog chorus dreams with a tough stompbox that’s equipped with precise BLEND, RATE, INTENSITY, and WIDTH controls. Plus, you can run it in mono or stereo and with either a battery or a power supply. A gig-saver bypass lets signal through even if your battery dies.
amPlug G2 Bass Headphone Amp
The analog amPlug G2 takes the headphoneamp idea up a few notches with its amp-inspired Bassilator circuit, nine built-in rhythm patterns, and an auxiliary input for your iPod. It’s practical, too: It’ll rotate 180 degrees while it’s plugged in, and you can fold it up when you’re done.