Analog Man pedals offer some of the finest tones available. Used by guitarists like Jim Weider, Trey Anastasio, Moe and more, the pros think so as well.
Offering true bypass boutique effects based on classic designs, a guitarist can populate nearly an entire pedalboard with Analog Man pedals. The famous Bi-Comprossor will give you juice, bounce and squash. The TS9mods, King of Tone, Sunface and other fuzzes will give you all the grit, snarl, and woman tone you need. Tying the line together are the watery Bi-Chorus and ARDX20 dual delay offers trails of sonic bliss.
Analog Man King of Tone (Overdrive)
Analog Man and Jim Weider got their minds together one day and decided to build the perfect overdrive pedal. One that would add just the right amount of overdrive yet still preserve your tone, and also give you a clean boost that would offer enough gain to force your amp to fully give up the goods. The pedal is also tonally engineered for the guitar’s frequency response. Wider range isn’t always better. Cutting through the mix is what you’re after…and this is where the King of Tone shines.
Consider the King of Tone the evolution of the TS-808 (Tube Screamer), but with less compression, less boost/coloration in the midrange frequencies. Oh, and it’s two channels (The King of Tone v4 is actually two overdrives in one box!). If you’re a fan of the classic TS9 sound, then this is the pedal for you.
Instantly recognizable is the Sunface (a Fuzz Face clone) from Analog Man. Heralded as one of the best options today for that classic fuzz face tone, the Sunface goes above and beyond with a very high quality board (more so than other fuzzface clones). It’s also engineered to military specs, so you know you’re getting a reliable piece of equipment. Resembling a weighted gold bar, the pedal instantly bleeds value. American value.
There’s a lot of versatility packed into this pedal, and the key lies with the internal trim pot (on the 2 knob version) or the external bias control. Both do the same thing, but one is on the inside and one is on the outside. The picture to the right has an external bias control.
This little feature mimics turning down the volume knob on your guitar, which is a common technique used to clean up the fuzz and get that classic “woman tone.” It will even block radio frequencies from interfering with the signal. The best part, though? This righteous trimpot also allows the Sunface to sound optimal after a vintage style wah wah, without need for a modification. Now the geeks can relax.
Analog Man Chorus & BiChorus
Modeled after the vintage Electro Harmonix Small Clone chorus effect, the Analgman Chorus and Bi-Chorus pedals capture all that vintage warmth that you hear from Nirvana to John Abercrombie. Speed and Depth controls take the chorus from a subtle sheen to a spinning warble. Excellent pedal if you’re a chorus fan. A clear crowd favorite.
Analog Man Delay (ARDX20)
The ARDX20 dual delay from Analog Man was designed for both playability and tone-ability. Built into both sides of the dual delay are standard features such as Time, Level and Feedback. An additional pedal can be purchased to access the optional external features such as tap tempo, modulation, and ability to use presets.
Analog Man BiComp & Comprossor
One of Analog Man’s most famous pedals is the BiComp (which also comes as the Mini Bicomp and single Comprossor. Modeled after the smooth response of the vintage Ross Compressor (made famous by Trey Anastasio of Phish), the BiComp builds upon the classic tone by making it quieter and adding an attack control. They say you can’t have your cake and it it too, but this pedal will retain your attack while giving you that juicy swell/sustain that the Ross (and it’s inspiration, the MXR DynaComp) is so famous for.
Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects (Book)
In 2004, Mike Periera (aka “Analog Mike”) released the most extensive book on vintage guitar effects to date. With chapters like “The Prehistoric Era of Electronic Effects, ” The History of Vintage Effects,” “Effects Technology,” “Analog Man Vintage Effects Hall of Fame,” and “FAQs and Fiction” …Mike’s book oozes GAS for any electric guitarist. Oh, and there’s a bunch of reviews at the end of the book with people like Pete Cornish, Jeorge Tripps, Howard (Mick) Davis and more. Quite possibly the best bathroom reading for guitar effects junkies. Buy the book.
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