We're compiling the best Holiday 2016 music gear deals. See them here.
"Joining the cure also changed my approach to the live rig I used with my own band: I went with the cleaner Reeves amp (no relation) as a pedal platform rather than using the amplifier preamp as an overdrive source as I had done in the past. For my own band rig, I bought the SIB Varidrive pedal, which I discovered when we were mixing David Bowie’s Earthling. It is a tube pedal where the tube is getting hit with the right plate voltage. I just run that on most of the time. I can roll the Reverend’s volume back to clean up"more
I love this pedal, but there isn't much to say about this pedal. It is a tube (12AX7, 12AU7, etc) overdrive with a 3-band EQ. It does a great job adding some tube dirt+crunch to a signal, the EQ controls actually do boost the right bands (even on bass), and the enclosure is built like a tank. You can also experiment with different kinds of tubes in the same form factor. I like the Telefunken 12AU7 the person I bought it from gave to me. (What a nice guy!)