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Friday, November 1, 2013

Pigtronix Class A Boost & Fat Drive,... (Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: 
Class A Boost $129.99 USD + shipping & tax
Fat Drive $149.00 USD + shipping & tax 

Pigtronix is an American manufacturer of boutique effects pedals.

This review is on the Class A Boost and Fat Drive overdrive point-to-point hardwired effects pedals.

Guitar used: 
Jac Harrison signature Chili Caster by Chili Custom Guitars

Amp used:
Bogner Alchemist 1x12
1972 Fender Bassman head through a 2x12
Epiphone Valve JR head through a 1x12

Cables used:

Strings used:
Dark Horse 10-46

Pigtronix is a boutique pedal manufacturer that puts their own "flavor" on things. Unlike other manufacturers, Pigtronix does not claim to replicate a sound from a passed era/artist or try to design pedals that emulates a particular brand of amp. What they do is put their own twist on things and call it "Futuristic Analog Technology". This company is young at heart and very creative. For example -- naming their pedals things like "Quantum Time Modulator" and " Keymaster" felt like I was shopping through a SCi Fi catalog when looking through their site. I found that I was reading everything about every pedal just because of what they named it (I'm kind of a dork like that), and I wanted to buy them all just on the "cool factor" that I could have something called a "Quantum Time Modulator". Hell, with a pedal like that I could rename my guitar Sam Beckett. So when the Fat Drive and Class A Boost arrived I was excited to see what they were all about. 

*Both pedals can be ran at 9 or 18 volts and came with a 18VDC 300mA power supply -- so this review is at 18 volts. 

Class A Boost:
This pedal is a very clean boost -- it takes the sound/signal you have and just makes it louder with out changing it or coloring it. It was the most useful on my 1972 Fender Bassman and gave me the true sound of the amp with that volume bump you need for solos. So, you vintage amp guys that do not want to diminish the value of your amp by having a tech install a boost switch, this is a great option.

Fat Drive:
This pedal took some getting use to as the dynamic response was different from other OD pedals I have used. The best way to describe the Fat Drive is that it combines the characteristics of a fuzz box, a TS9 and a sustainer pedal with a more switch for a boost that gives you that creamy full/fat distortion that metal/rock players dream of. I was able to dial in everything from Texas blues, to southern rock, to metal and everything in between. I enjoyed this pedal the most when used last in the chain on my board before the effects to fill in and fatten up the bottom end, but she also sounded great when used by herself. Over all this pedal offers the player (that's you) a unique sounding twist on tube saturation, opening a window of new potential tonal characteristics, giving your sound that edge you need to stand out.  

My advice: 
If you are a pedal player that is looking for something different, or if your amp is just missing something that other pedals did not fix -- play a Pigtronix.  

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Posted 11/2013
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