Effects gurus Pigtronix have really caught the world’s attention with their diverse range of boutique-quality stomp boxes that offer great tones, a myriad of features and possibilities for the working guitarist.
Now, one of their most acclaimed creations – The Philosopher’s Tone Compression Pedal – has received a makeover for 2016.
The new Philosopher’s Tone Micro pedal (PXPTM £129 UK rrp) keeps the essential qualities of the original – parallel optical compression and unrivalled clean sustain – but in a new, compact chassis that runs on standard 9V external power.
In addition to VOLUME and SUSTAIN controls, the Philosopher’s Tone Micro features a parallel BLEND knob that allows the musician to mix their instrument’s original tone with the compressed sound effect. This technique restores natural pick-attack and allows more extreme sustain settings to remain musical. The TREBLE control provides up to 6db cut or boost at 2KHz for fine-tuning the frequency response of the effect.
Finally, the Philosopher’s Tone Micro features true-bypass switching and 9V operation, with internal 18V power rails for maximum clean headroom, even when used with hot pickups and line-level signals.
Championed by no less than guitar wizard Paul Gilbert (you can watch his video here), the Philosopher’s Tone Micro is sure to become the most wanted item on pedalboards around the world.