Electro Harmonix continues to invent new stuff and their new line of so-called Nano pedals is a welcomed alternative to the huge beasts that takes up too much space on a pedal board.
The Nanos are basically the classic effects in a smaller, MXR sized, box for half the price of the bigger counterparts. The line includes; Metal Muff, Small Stone, Small Clone, Bassballs, Muff Overdrive, Dr Q and LPB-1. The Muff Overdrive is a new pedal, – a much milder Muff sounding like a muddy overdrive. The surprise is the LPB-1, EH’s first effect from ’68, a treble booster. The whole line is looking really good, although the jacks, knobs and switch are mounted directly onto the PCB (hence the price). We’ll have to see if that will cause any problems…
The disappointment is the Small Clone chorus is which has a ridiculous volume drop when activated, – even more than the original. However, EH seem to have fixed the problem on the Small Stone phaser. The effect is warm, with a slight crunch and I must say definitely recommended over the Phase 90 (stiring up the never ending debate).
I have made some clips using my Classic 50’s Strat (4. position, middle/bridge pickups) and GarageBand. The setup is clean with a hint of reverb and delay.
– the Small Stone offers that super smooth tone inspiring to play a ’72 version of the song (rate 12:00 o’clock).
– the Small Stone is a great alternative to a UniVibe or Leslie (rate 3:00 o’clock).
Have a Cigar
– the Small Stone adds that nice crunch on a mildly boosted tone (rate 12:00 o’clock).
Raise My Rent
– the Small Stone has a Colour switch giving a much wider sweep and although Gilmour used a Leslie on the track, the effect sounds cool on the instrumental from David’s ’78 solo album (rate 2:00 o’clock and 4 o’clock).