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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Justin (1.800.460.8089 x384)
Mojo Hand Effects Superlative Overdrive Pedal
I'm a pretty huge fan of Supro amps in general for their perfect tone when cranked. I think the Superlative pedal is one of the best interpretations of that magic Supro tone -- kind of a Supro-in-a-box pedal, if you will. The pedal was actually designed to get a bit darker as you turn it up, but it can be dialed in for bright and cutting sounds as well. The Superlative is excellent as a boost to fatten up your cleans when the drive is set low -- but when you turn up the gain, it exhibits a great crunch that's pretty "hairy." With a strong pick attack, it borders on distortion, but responds incredibly well to dynamics, letting you use its whole range of gain by simply adjusting your right hand. This pedal also stacks incredibly well with other drives. Even though plenty of overdrive pedals claim to respond like a tube amp, this one actually does sound and feel like a Supro -- and for that reason, it gets my pick.

J. Rockett Audio The Archer Overdrive and Boost Pedal
The J. Rockett Archer Overdrive is a pretty no-frills pedal -- but don't let that convince you that it isn't incredibly versatile. The secret to its versatility is in its responsiveness to different guitars and amplifiers. Pair it with a brighter rig on stage and it'll tear the faces off the front row with plenty of cut and clarity. For darker rigs like high-gain amplifiers, it actually does a lot for enhancing the sound and, again, adding definition and better treble detail. The Treble control does have a lot of range, though, and can be dialed out if you prefer a smoother tone. The same thing goes for the Gain knob -- dial it near zero and you get a killer boost pedal, but with the settings cranked, you get a healthy dose of focused drive. This is more of a blank canvas pedal that takes on new life based on what equipment you use.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Martin (1.800.460.8089 x347)
ESP LTD RB1004 Electric Bass
I remember seeing the ESP LTD RB1004 at Summer NAMM last year, and it made me very happy to see ESP expanding their bass game. I was struck by its eye-catching spalted maple top. Then when I saw the "Aguilar" logo on the pickups, I knew I had to try it out. Aguilar makes great bass pickups, and I was excited to see the ESP LTD RB1004 utilize them. The RB1004 was very easy to play, and had a super fat sound. The low-end presence is HUGE on this bass. After having played it, I wasn't surprised to find out that Rocco Prestia helped with the RB1004's design. I was able to dial in several different tones -- a true testament to this bass's versatility. This comes largely from the the P/J pickup configuration -- which allows you to get both a fat growl, and focused clarity at the same time.

Xotic Bass RC Booster Pedal
Lately it seems like a lot of people are excited to get a pedal that makes your bass sound like ripping velcro or a spaceship landing. I like those sounds as well, but I often find myself more excited for pedals that enrich my natural tone -- like the Xotic Bass RC Booster pedal. It takes the tone from a passive bass and beefs it up with gain, volume, bass, and treble knobs. You could use this pedal to switch tones between picking and playing with fingers. I found my bass sounded best with the boost on all the time, set relatively flat. I think the Xotic Bass RC Booster is also great as a clean signal boost. If you want to thicken up your clean sound, or push your pedal chain a bit more, check out this pedal.

- Martin, Bass Specialist, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Dan (1.800.460.8089 x310)
Fender Standard Jazzmaster HH Electric Guitar, with Rosewood Fingerboard
For those of you looking to rock, Fender's got your back with an all-new lineup. The Standard Jazzmaster HH is a great guitar if you're looking for some punch in your tone. The Blacktop humbuckers provide that extra growl for those that like to explore the world of high-gain tone. One standout feature that makes the Standard Jazzmaster HH more versatile is its coil-split-ability. And since this is a Jazzmaster, it also has a floating tremolo bridge that sets it apart from other Standard HH guitars. Whether you want to be a master of jazz or rock, this Fender will help you achieve the sound you want.

Catalinbread Zero-Point Manual Flanger Pedal
For years, guitarists have been longing for an effects pedal that will faithfully recreate a studio tape flanger -- and now it's possible with the Catalinbread Zero Point flanger. I like it because it's simple: there aren't all these unnecessary buttons and knobs, only two buttons to produce the flange. The Zero Point stands out from the rest of the flangers because there isn't an LFO inside -- which means that you won't be getting the same sound every single time. The unpredictability will give you an awesome effect, producing some pretty far-out tones. You should definitely try this pedal if you're looking for something out of the norm.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert

 
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