• My favourite Gilmourish pedals of 2019

    David Gilmour - Top Gilmourish pedals of 2019

    So, it’s time to look back at 2019 and some of my favourite David Gilmour related music gear.

    Obsviously, lots of cool pedals, amps and guitars came out last year but this being a David Glmour related guitar site, we’ll focus on the more Gilmoursh items and yes, these are my very subjective opinions.

    I got two pedals. The Supa Driver from Buffalo FX and the Flanger from Retro Sonic.

    The Supa Driver is sort of your beefed up Power Boost, with an added gain stage and a hint of compression. Like with all of the Buffalo FX pedals, Steve manages to take a classic circuit and design and make it his own.

    The Supa Driver is true to the original Power Boost but the added features makes it even more versatile and easier to set up properly on a wider range of different amps.

    Read my full review of the Supa Driver here.

    The Retro Sonic Flanger is based on the mid 70s Electric Mistress. It’s remarkably close to the original but without the hiss and the nasty volume drop.

    The Flanger was a big suprise. At least to me. There’s been several Mistress clones over the years but this one manages to capture the tone and deal with the issues of the original.

    It may lack that extra sparkle in the top end – hopefully they’ll release an updated version – but the Flanger is also easier to blend with distortion pedals and Big Muffs in particular compared to the brighter original model.

    Read my full review of the Flanger here.

    There are some honourable mentions as well, like the new Ram’s Head Big Muff reissue from Electro Harmonix. I think they did an amazing job with this one and it’s really ridiculous how authentic sounding you can get for the affordable price.

    Being a Sovtek fan I’ll go for the Green Russian but do check out the Ram’s Head if you’re into 70s Big Muff tones.

    I also want to mention the new Vintera series from Fender. This is the new and upgraded versions of the Mexican made Classic Series, which were very good but in my opinion, Fender brought new life into the middle range classic reissue guitars with the Vintera.

    The 50s and 60s models in particular, makes excellent alternatives for your Gilmour inspired Strat or Tele.

    I’ll soon update all the buyer’s guides with lots of new items.

    What’s your favourite pedals, amps and guitars from 2019? Use the comments field below and let us know!

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27 Responsesso far.

  1. Les says:

    Hey Bjorn, I picked up an RC Booster V2 from Xotic Effects which has got to be the sweetest clean boost on the market. It can add some drive, as well with the second gain stage. I also just bought a 2019 Gibson LP standard 50’s gold top w/p-90 pickups and it is awesome! Best thing it is a non custom shop model at standard pricing!

  2. KEITH says:

    Well Bjorn, I walked into Sam Ash Monday morning and my manager friend was possibly the first manager in the company to find the SKU# for the ’59s, and he found it by accident on Friday, too late to order until Monday, but I was there at opening, and while lost is upwards of $1000; US, Street price is $799, and I got a pretty good discount from there. I may be the first off the street player with no connection to the Gibson company to order a ’59 in the States, and can’t wait to see it up close, unfortunately, we Yanks won’t see our ’59s until June at the earliest ??. Grab one while the iron’s hot, and can’t wait to see you’re SG. I think I emailed you photos of my Rodriguez Cymbaline, and my 50th anniversary SG Special Pete Townshend signature. Anyway, I’m very excited, haven’t had a Les Paul in many years.
    Peace, KEITH

    • Bjorn says:

      Great! Let us know what you think when it arrives!

      • KEITH says:

        I’ve started Gassing again! I took my 50th anniversary SG Special in for a set up last week, and while there I found an Epiphone I didn’t know about, and it was perfect, as good as any Gibson I’ve seen. It was a late 2019 DC Pro in Mohave fade, so as soon as I finish paying for the 59, I think I’m going to purchase it!!! I saw a picture of your guitars and there was a double cut that looked very similar, is it a DC Pro? I couldn’t believe the perfection of the build of this guitar!
        Peace, Keith

  3. Chris says:

    Hi Bjorn, I have a Gibson SG standard and Tubemeister 18 amp and no pedals. I’m just starting my journey towards finding the Gilmour tone and I’m new to guitar as well. This site is such a great resource. Among the pedals that you’ve suggested, are there some that are more suited to what I’m starting with? I play at low volume levels in a bedroom type setup. Thank you!../CW.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Chris, what sort of pedals you should get always depends on what tones you want but a good start for Gilmour’s tones would be an overdrive, distortion and a delay. The Tubemeister is a great pedalplatform but be sure to use the gain channel. The clean channel is just too clean for pedals. Set the gain channel as clean as possible and dial in a bit of mids and lower the treble just a tad. Match that to your pickups.
      See this feature for some tips on choosing the right pedals for different amps and the see the Buyer’s Guide in the main menu for other pedal tips.

  4. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, you can Pre-order in Europe now, with a supposed March 17 delivery. They can’t sell outside of Europe, and the Rep told my contact they wouldn’t be shipped to US dealers until June, but I got the call Saturday to come in this morning with some cash, and I could order a ’59. The 61 SG should be available now, it was just the 2 limited edition, and the USA made Casino that weren’t in full production yet. My birthday was the last day of NAMM, and the first time I saw and heard the ’59, and I’ve thought of nothing else since. Epiphone is going to really ramp up their specs in the years to come, and I just hope I lucky enough to get a guitar so limited that ANDERTON’S is being limited to 30, 15 of each color. Jump while you can buddy, and good luck. I hope I come home as a man with a 59 coming to my door!!
    Peace, KEITH

    • Bjorn says:

      Happy belated birthday Keith! Really looking forward to these models. They turn up here eventually I guess but usually late in the year.

  5. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, I saw one thing at NAMM that I’m definitely going to get if I can jump fast enough when preorders start in the US. Epiphone is coming out later this year with a very limited edition ’59 Les Paul RI with the more Gibson like open book headstock, USA Gibson burstbuckers, LTD Edition toggle switch cover like Gibson Custom shop models, all hand soldered cloth wiring, CTS pots, Mallory tone caps, Switchcraft jack and switch, solid full thickness mahogany body, flame maple top period correct binding, and plastics, Rosewood board, and model correct vintage Tulip Tuners,(Wilkenson I think?). The videos I’ve seen it looks like a Gibson, and sounds as good as any Les Paul I’ve ever heard. Epiphone is going to introduce US built guitars into their line, with one acoustic,The Texan, and one Electric, The Casino being at NAMM and out this year. Really Beautiful guitars for reasonable prices!! I know it’s not a Gilmour subject for many, but OH MY God that ’59 sounded so Sweet!
    Peace, Keith

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, they look awesome! Been using Epiphones for years and I’m very much hoping to get my hands on a 59 LP and the 61 SG with Vibrola.

  6. KEITH says:

    Bjorn, I was just looking at photos of the EHX booth at NAMM, and it looks like they’ve reissued the original Electric Mistress!!!!!!
    I can’t wait to hear it!
    Peace, Keith

  7. Thomas Williams says:

    Nice post! Hey I hope I’m 2020 you can review more Effectrode pedals such as the Blackbird (David has one), the Green Tube Driver (is a good replacement for the Butler?) and the leveling amplifier. I have a couple of these pedals and they’re amazing ?

  8. Chris Gala says:

    Bjorn, thank you again for this website. In your opinion, what is the difference between Buffalo-fx Power Booster and the Supa Driver since both are supposed to be based on the famous Colorsound Power Boost?

    Since you’ve reviewed both, which is more accurate?

  9. Phoenix says:

    Bjorn, what about the Thorpy Camoflange? What’s your take on that as a Gilmour Electric Mistress tone or as a pedal in general?



  10. fab says:

    Hi Bjorn and happy new year!

    If the Retro Sonic Flanger was one of your favorite in 2019, I’m quite sure Buffalo Fx version of the Mistress will be your favorite this year! You’re probably already playing with it :)

  11. Piazxi says:

    Thanks for this

    My favorites have been

    Laney lionheart 20h
    EHX Sovtek Deluxe
    MIAudio super blues pro

    Honorable mentions to

    Chelee Odie Classic
    Wampler Tumnus Deluxe
    Wampler Fuzztration
    MI Audio super crunch v2
    MU Audio crossover drive V2

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