• Gilmourish.com top 5 pedals of 2014

    For each passing year it seems harder to find new pedals that really stands out. Partly because we’re being flooded by so new arrivals making it almost impossible to choose but also because everything seems to be done. Still, there are pedals that hits the mark and for me personally, 2014 has been a very good year with several new additions to my pedal boards. Here’s my top 5 pedals of 2014.

    Strymon Deco

    5. Strymon Deco

    An unusual choice perhaps but the Deco is something else when it comes to pedals. Strymon is known for making state of the art pedals with impressive know-how and dedication. The Deco is perhaps not your typical go-to pedal but for me it’s been a source of inspiration for new sounds and ways of using a pedal. In short, the Deco is a vintage tape recorder cramped into a pedal. It’s capable of producing overdrive, echo and flanger and it all sounds like when I as a kid plugged my guitar into my dad’s old Revox. Versatile and great fun!

    Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    4. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    I’ve never owned a Klon but I’ve played them many times and I’m well aware of the myth. I’m not sure I agree that it’s the best overdrive or booster ever made but there’s definitely something to it… not to mention a jawbreaking price tag. Electro Harmonix decided to do something about it and released the Soul Food in late 2013 (so late that I consider it a 2014 pedal). I’m sure it’s become one of their most popular pedals because this thing is simply amazing and one wonder if the price is just to spite the people who spent a fortune on the original. Gearmandude, AnalogMan and many others are impressed and so am I. If you want a pedal that can boost, produce creamy overdrive and make almost any amp sound like a million bucks then this is it.

    Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head

    3. Vick Audio ’73 Ram’s Head “Bjørn mod”

    I got one of Vick’s ’73 Ram’s Heads for a review a few months back and I instantly fell in love with it. It had all the mojo of my favourite Big Muff circuit and the onboard mids booster made in incredibly versatile. In my review I pointed out a few cons purely based on my taste and the guys at Vick generously made a new version that they very kindly sent my way. “The Bjørn mod” or whatever you want to call it, is very similar to the original but the gain is tamed just a hair and there’s a bit more top end. This opens up the pedal and makes it easier to use with boosters, which I prefer. Naturally, this little gem is one of my favourite pedals of the year. BTW, this one is not currently offered by Vick Audio but if you ask nicely…

    TopTone Shine Boost

    2. TopTone Shine Boost

    TopTone from Brazil has a few but great sounding pedals in their catalog. The Shine Boost has been launched without much notice – or at least as far as I can tell – but it’s become one of my favourite booster pedals. The Shine Boost is basically a very transparent clean volume booster, which in it self is a great tool on the pedal board but the magic lies in the addition of a brightness switch, which boosts the treble and high mids. The problem with combining a typical volume booster with a mids scooped Tube Driver or Big Muff is that the booster doesn’t help making your guitar cut through the mix. A mids saturated TS9/808 would be way too much and make your favourite Muff sound too dark and choked but the slight mids boost from the Shine Boost is spot on and only adds to the overdrive/distortion’s harmonics.

    Buffalo FX Evolution

    1. Buffalo FX The Evolution

    Buffalo FX are on a roll and the Evolution is by no means alone in their amazing collection of pedals. Loosely based on the Cornish G2, which again is based on the RAT – both considered to be some of the finest and most reliable distortions in the business – the Evolution takes the classic tone a step further by opening up the top frequencies, tightening the bottom and making the distortion more linear, allowing you to really crank it without it ever sounding thin or messy. With the additional Contour control you can also dial in the amount of mid range you need for cutting through a mix. Capable of producing anything between a mild 808 to a growling RAT the Evolution is in my opinion the best distortion pedal on the market and a sure winner in 2014.

    What are your favourites? Do you agree with mine? Please share!

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  1. Dave Godbold says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    My set up is as follows:

    Mex Strat Deluxe Roadhouse with noiseless pickups, straight into a Violet Rams head BMP clone (Fuzzdog), into a phase 45 (as a poor mans Univibe) and then into a Klon clone as a power boost. All into the front of a Mesa Lonestar Special, with an analogue delay, (another clone), via the send/return.
    I set the BMP to just slightly above unity and use the Klon to boost the signal and adjust my tone into the amp.
    I find the combination of the BMP and Klon ok but the Klon seems to brighten the BMP a bit too much and I seem to lose some of the fatness of the BMP. Would the Soul Food give more transparency do you think?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Soul Vibe is very similar to a Klon so I don’t think you’ll hear much of a difference. The Soul Vibe has a buffer mode though, which enhances the headroom quite a bit.

      • Dave Godbold says:

        Thanks for the reply Bjorn, I will try making some adjustments to the tonal set up, my Klon also has a buffer, but i can’t help thinking it’s making my tone too “clinical” and I am overthinking it all a bit….

  2. Jason Ducote says:

    How much slap-back can you get out of the deco? Can it get to some delay sounds? I love the deco, but I’ve been delaying buying anything until I get a proper delay. I’ve been playing for over a decade and have never used one lol

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s a really cool slap back. Like the old tape recorders though it only produce one repeat. I can’t really praise this pedal anough. Awesome compression/boost/overdrive and modulation.

  3. Cribs says:

    Hi bjorn.,Good list!
    I want top tone shine boost but it’s too expensive and hard to get in my country. So I’m looking for an alternative pedal. Is the tc spark booster mid mode similar to shine boost?

  4. hi gilmourish, Thank you for your existence and devotion. My most favourite site on the net. The pedal post is awesome and I just got hold of the soulfood and I am using it as a buffered boost at the begining of my pedal chain.
    I also just won a Caroline guitar company
    Icarus boost which seems familiar to the top tone boost you mentioned. It has a sun/tone control to give lighter or darker shades to the treble, similar to the switch on the top tone effect. Anyway great article
    and fab web site….cant wait to start using some of the wonderful backing tracks to good effect….thankyou….

  5. Alex says:

    Hej Bjorn!

    First off, I love your site.

    Thank you also for the Soul Food recommendation. I am a big Gilmour fan, and although I don’t play like him, I decided to try out a Soul Food with my AC30. All I have to say is that I’ve had it for over 4-5 months and I’ve yet to fall out of love with it. I stack it with a Timmy sometimes and it’s really the sound I’ve been looking for. It’s bright and chewy, but also two-dimensional and the bass is tame which works very well with my LP’s pickups. Thanks again. Love your site and you’re a big inspiration. Tackar!

  6. Andrzej says:

    I`d like to buy another pedal to my pedalboard. I think about Top Tone Shine Boost or Tube Driver
    But I already have BD-2 Keeley, what do you think BD-2 is similar in character to Top Tone Shine Boost ?
    Is it worth it to buy Shine Boost if I have BD-2 ?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Shine Boost is a clean booster, with no gain. It also has a high-mids switch, which gives you a tad mids boost and colour. The BD2, as you know, is an overdrive. I think they serve different applications and I’d use the BD2 for Tube Driver-ish overdrives and the Shine Boost for boosting :)

      • Jason Ducote says:

        I am curious about this comment though Bjorn. Am I correct in assuming that, aside from tonal differences due to different manufacturers of components and wire gauge, etc. that you’d essentially have the same thing if you were to keep the gain down on the bd-2? That’s kind of how I use mine. I’ve been looking into the rc booster from xotic, but I’d hate to spend the money on that if it’s the same as just pushing my preamp with the volume of the bd-2

        • Bjorn says:

          Well… no it’s not the same pedal because each has its own voicing. The BD2, even when clean, has a hint of mid range and compression but overall a fairly bright tone. The Shine Boost has a fully transparent volume boost and a second mode, which is similar to the EP Booster, with a hint of mid range and compression but slightly darker than the BD2. Having said that, if you use the BD2 as a booster then they will cover much of the same ground so in that sense, having two is probably redundant.

  7. Dave says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    Have you tried the Way Huge Pork Loin??
    It’s a clean boost with overdrive…you can mix both sounds…. I think its a great pedal…similar to butler, bd-2… a bit dark… what do you think about it?

  8. David says:

    Bjorn – I’m sorry to disagree but I did a side-by-side with the EHX Soul Food and the Mojopedals K2 (another Klone) and the K2 killed the Soul Food. In the Guitar Center I went to in order to use a Soul Food to compare it to they all said the Soul Food was great…..until they heard the Mojopedals K2, and everyone who worked in the Guitar Dept. agreed there was a significant difference. I’m told the same is true of the ARC Effects and Peidmont Klones. Also, the Soul Food becomes cheap and tinny ans dull after hearing a real Klon (well the new KTR version which is back in production by Bill Finnegan himself).

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, I never said that the Soul Food is the best Klon clone out there. My list was for what I think were the best buys in 2014 and I think it’s hard to beat the Soul Food, with its tone and price. That doesn’t mean that I’ve ditched all my other overdrives or doesn’t think that there are better ones on the market. I’ve never played the K2 but I think it came out in late 2012 or early 2013. I need to check it out, though… thanks for the tip!

  9. David says:

    Bjorn…for your DEM issues. Send it to Howard Davis in NYC. He invented the EM/DEM and the DMM. He will evaluate your DEM and make recommendations. He can fix the volume drop as well as noise issues. Here is a list of DEM mods he can do (sent a few years back). Highly recommended.


    Total bypass can be done for any Deluxe Electric Mistress.

    This greatly reduces “tone sucking” due to pickup loading in both the bypass
    and effect-on modes. It is almost as effective as total bypass, but less
    costly. In the reissue models it is preferable to total bypass.

    This fixes the volume drop that occurs in some units when switching from
    bypass to the effect-on mode with the footswitch.

    This circuit mod automatically reduces the sweep range as the sweep rate is
    set faster, resulting in a smoother sound at higher rate and range settings.

    This mod boosts the high frequency response of the Deluxe Electric Mistress
    to make it sound more like the vintage standard (non-deluxe) Electric

    If you have a noise problem with your Deluxe Mistress, describe the nature
    of the noise and I’ll tell you about how much it can be reduced through
    circuit modification.

    An LED can be added to indicate when the effect mode is activated.

    A control can be added that allows a fully adjustable mix of dry and flanged

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the tip! I’m aware of Howard and heard he’s done some really nice mods. I don’t really have an issue with my ’99 Deluxe though. I kind of like all its quirkiness and become a big part of my tone.

  10. Gregory says:

    Hi Bjorn, I keep returing to your site every day I can for a sweet piece of a great advice! Love your music and playing too!

    I also like this list (+Effectrode Fire Bottle) except the fact that is it literally impossible to get any of those pedals (except for Strymon or EHX) in Poland, so I sometimes have to resort to mainstream brands penetrating the global market with mass products. Do you think an EP booster would be a good alternative for a Shine Booster or Fire Bottle as an ‘always on’ pedal? I have a Standard Fender Strat and I constatly feel like I need more gain in my rig because everything sounds flat and thing, despite running RC Booster and Tube Screamer.


    • Bjorn says:

      Thank you, Gregory! The EP is definitely worth a shot. Very similar to the Shine Boost.

    • hey Greg just to let you know that effectrode effects are available from their web page if you are happy with the prices. Also did you know that Phil Taylor is effectrode…and that their ethos is mainly studio outboard gear…..which is probably why dave has so many in his arsenal…..

  11. Denis says:

    Hi Bjorn, congrats on the Album success and tour dates. Recently bought the EHX Soul Food and I’m happy to say that I am loving it. Sweet cream endless sustain. Excellent pedal for low volumes. If you want a shine on tone, this is it. I have it in front of the bd 2 and the spark. I have the 3 pedals on (soul food, bd2,spark) in that order. Using the gain from the soul food and have the bd2 and spark as clean as possible. Again thank you so much for the review on the pedal, I would not have bought it if not in top 5 list. This pedal is steal at that price . . .D

  12. Mike Gravis says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    Thank you for all the effort you put into reviews and tutorials – it’s always a pleasure to read them!
    I am using a POD HD500 most of the time for studio recording and prefer it over using an amp (bedroom setup, you know). At the same time I am reading about your favourite pedals and how fine they are. Now I am asking myself, if it is good idea of using them together with the POD or are you reviewing them in view of using them together with tube amps?
    Cheers, -Mike.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Mike! You can definitely use pedals with the POD. A lot of guitarists do. Since you’re using yours without an amp, I assume you’re using the amp-sims, which basically are gain effects. Blending overdrive and distortion pedals on top of these may result in a lot of noise and you’ll probably also experience some impedance issues. I recommend using only modulation and delay pedals when using digital processors straight into a computer or headphones.

  13. KEITH says:

    I agree with your choice of pedal I’d like to be made Bjorn. That’s why I’ve asked Stu Castledine if he could clone the Green Font EM, with noise, and volume drop issues fixed. I told only you, and one other friend about this when I spoke to Stu about it. Even though the 1024 chip is out of production, he said he’d see if he could figure something out, using his own stock Green Font for a sound example, so with his amazing ears, I wouldn’t be surprised if in 5 or 6 months we have an answer as to if it can be perfectly cloned, with noise, no volume drop, definitely smaller than the deluxe, and the thing that keeps the eleclady, and Hartman from being perfect, it will have to work well with all kinds of dirt pedals. I sure hope he does it! If it can be done, he can do it. If anyone would check out his V2 ( not the clips, they sound NOTHING like the pedal), Stu would start getting, the attention he deserves! I doubt Macaris would have him making the real 18 v CPB original reissues if he wasn’t a top notch builder. I know from experience his wahs are the best money can buy, and the V2 is very, very close to DGs #1 Muff, or a P1 for £189 or less! Try ’em, and buy ’em, the guy’s a genius!!!

    Peace, KEITH

  14. KEITH says:

    I’ll give you a secret weapon for the sounds that came out of Abbey Road. The Castledine Magical Mystery Box! Rather than describe the versatility of the pedal, just Youtube “pinstriped clips- Castledine Magical Mystery Box” it really is a unique pedal that might not be a great Gilmourish pedal, though it very well could do things I’ve not yet seen, but it certainly goes a long way in making the tones from Revolver, through The White Album, and even some of Let it Be.

    Peace, Keith

  15. Pete W. says:

    Bjorn, what is the one pedal that you would like to see that has never been built? What would be your dream pedal?

    [Tough question. I’m pretty happy with what I already have but it would be great if someone could do a perfect clone of my ’99 Deluxe Mistress, which is very different to the current reissue. Pack it in a smaller case, use the right chip and solve the volume drop and noise issues… – Bjorn]

  16. Tim says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m planning on purchasing the Buffalo Evolution soon. In your opinion, could a Fulltone OCD or an EHX Soul Food be used with the Evolution? My example would be if I wanted to use the OCD or Soul Food for mild overdrive sounds and then click the Evolution for heavier distorted sections or am I better just using the Evolution as a standalone and adjusting the volume knob on my guitar to increase or decrease my distortion levels? I want to again thank you for all your help. I have recently upgraded my Mesa Boogie Lone Star Special with JJ tubes, upgraded several cables and purchased a Voodoo lab power supply.

    Take care, Tim

    [Hi Tim! I think the Evolution is best used alone. It has a lot of gain so blending it with other overdrives would be too much I think. Perhaps a clean booster but not a conventional overdrive. – Bjorn]

  17. Huy Tran says:

    Hi Darryl,

    I also chased the shine on tone. The live versions. As I don’t use the EMG active pups it was a bit more difficult. I have CS69’s on my #1 Strat and Texas specials on my #2. With the neck pickup on #2 it makes it a lot easier. CS69 on neck gives me a lot of grief when trying to recreate that sweet neck pickup tone like shine on or cbtl live.

    I tried many pedals with the CS69 neck to recreate the live active pup tones and the only one I found to work with my setup is the Butler Tube Driver and the super crunch box.

    The bd2, plexidrive, spark and buffalo power booster doesn’t have enough mids to replicate the SPC feature on Gilmour’s active pups from my experience.

    So in essence, I have found that you need a pedal with plenty of mids and gain. You won’t be using a lot of the gain but you need a pedal that has it. A plexi type pedal won’t get you there unless your pickups are pretty high output and has mids. I actually set my pedals fairly hot when I am going for these tones and just roll back the volume knob.

    Or I just use my #2 strat or even my LP with gibson 57’s humbuckers which are lower output, like a mean p90.

    Keep in mind this is for his live tones where he uses the red strat and this is my own personal experience/battle. I am using a Laney Cub12r and sometimes the blackstar HT5r. I want to chuck on the EMG DG20s on my #2 but I really like the texas specials. Mayhaps it is time for a third strat.

  18. Steven says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Just wondering if you’ve had a chance to test the Stilletto from Buffalo Fx yet? I just received it last week and love the tones I’m getting. Honestly, I’m using it even more than the Evolution (which I absolutely love!!). I am a fan of the fuzz face sound and this pedal does that in spades and so much more. It also works fantastic as a boost in front of the Evolution, especially with the cut knob slightly to the right of center. The only issue (as with most germanium fuzzs) is that a buffered pedal in front of it will effect the tone.



    [I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet… – Bjorn]

  19. binson7475 says:

    goodnight, as read in your top would be appropriate to promote a fuzz face (silicon) with a food soul?, if so where could be placed in gain control put the soul food or is low all the gain for a boost super clean ?, the tone control where you place yourself?

    [Not quite sure I understand your question but the Soul Food is an excellent booster for a fuzz. I’d place it after the fuzz set as clean as possible. The tone should be set to match the fuzz and the voicing of your amp. – Bjorn]

  20. Cor says:

    Hi Bjorn

    Yes, Deco.. excellent choice. I see more interest in the Abbey Road mixing console sound these days. Bogner teamed up with Rupert Neve, JHS did his take wit the colour box.. just waiting till someone comes up with a boxed Eric Stewart Helios ’69.

    I have the Klon, wonderful boost but to big for my board. The Soul Food seemed a no brainer and it does come pretty close but it lacks the last 10% that makes the Klon a brilliant clean booster, making it sounding bigger so you can compete with that brassive saxophone.

    About the Tube driver. I have this Butler/Chandler I bought in the late eighties with the build in transformer, also have the rack version of it. I always thought that pedal was on of the few pedals that dont need an amp to sound great, it is like a mini amp. It is also the most warm and organic sounding pedals out there and absolutely no scooped mids. It is not perfect though, it can sound like a 4×12 in the room nextdoor with all that compression going on. I think the sound changes over the years. I remember to be disappointed when I first fired it up, bright and harsh. Or maybe my ears changed.
    Had a lot of overdrives, using a Marble bluesbox or Bad Cat 2tone nowadays. Never managed to get that sound from a small box. The Keeley blues drive comes close but, yeah.. those last 10 percent.

    Cheers, Cor.

    [Yeah, it seems that people are getting aware of the magic of those old studio consoles and machines. Same happens with keyboards and software as well. A lot of cool plugins and analog synths are again taking over the market. Exciting times! – Bjorn]

  21. Darryl says:

    Hi bjorn,
    Thanks for taking the time to create this site. I don’t know what I’d do without it.
    I need some help with my setup. I’ve been addicted to trying to replicate the sweet neck pickup tone from the first solo of Shine On from WYWH and I just can’t quite get it right. I’m using a Strat with Fralins, through a Blues jr. and I have an array of pedals to play with. Is there a setup you could advise me to rush out and buy that would give me all the tones from Shine on but especially the first solo? I’ve watched dozens of YouTube attempts but nobody nailed it.

    Yours in desperation,

    [Hi Darryl! Thanks for your kind words! Which version are you referring to? The album? Let me know and I’ll try to help :) – Bjorn]

  22. Thomas says:

    Hi, Bjoern,

    great article with convincing results – I love my Evolution and my Soul Food a lot.
    I get great results with my vintage Hiwatt and also with my Mesa Mark V.
    As I not only play typical Gilmour stuff but also some prog metal stuff, I also own a Mesa Roadking which is great for that type of music. Unfortunately I recognized that not only Evolution and EHX Soul Food but also all my other distortion pedals (Vick Ram, Buffualo Patriot, Wampler Plexidrive) don’t sound right with the Roadking – it seems that the Roading clean channel sounds too dark.
    I know that you have used the clean channel of a Mesa Rectifier during some of your gigs – did you also made a similar experience that the clean channel is too dark for Gilmour stuff?
    If so – how did you solve that problem? Technicalwise my Roadking is well maintained – no technicla problems and all tubes are replaced.
    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Best regards


    [Hi Thomas! The Rectifier is fairly dark but I haven’t had any problems with it being too dark. I try to get it as clean as possible, lower the treble and increase the mids. Depending on the speakers, which usually are V30s, that usually does the trick. You might also want to experiment with the bass. Too much bass on the bass can create a boomy tone. Not just in the lower frequencies but it can also make dirt pedals sound flat and almost spiky. – Bjorn]

  23. KEITH says:

    Bjorn, since I already have the Spark boost, Throbak, and will be getting a BK Butler 3 knob TD, or Wampler Plexidrive, do you think there’s any need for a Soulfood? Wouldn’t the Spark do pretty much the same thing?

    Thanks in advance, Keith

    [Pretty much, yes. The Soul Food has much more gain and low end but their purpose is the same. With the TD or PD you got it covered. – Bjorn]

  24. Brad W says:

    Yes, the Golden Cello is an incredible sounding pedal for both Gilmour and Eric Johnson tones in one box.


  25. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I really enjoy my P19 and Dover Drive but after hearing your demos of the vick audio 73 ram head and Buffalo Fx Patriot I am wondering if I should swap my p19 out for a 73 ram head/Patriot. While my favorite album is division bell I don’t want to limit my sound to just that. I want my board to be versatile but be able to nail the division bell tones. Currently I am using my P19 as my muff, and dover drive as my overdrive, with the pedal order being P19, dover drive, and then my buffalo fx power booster. If you had to choose which would you go with – P19, 73 ram head, or buffalo fx Patriot? Thanks!

    [The Ram’s Head for sure but the Patriot is no doubt better suited for DB/PULSE :) – Bjorn]

  26. Jeff Pinkstaff says:

    I have a pedal that you guys need to try. The Golden Cello by Mad Professor Pedals!! It’s not the easiest pedal to find but I got lucky and one was given to me by a friend that won it in a contest. The pedal is a drive and delay all in one. You can even take out the delay and just have a drive pedal. To me, this pedal falls about halfway between a traditional fuzz and a 80’s style Bug Muff. It has a volume knob, a gain knob, a delay control, and a tone knob. It also has some internal pots to adjust. Having really good luck with obtaining a ton of Gimour’s tones especially the late 70’s tones. Just by using the pedal’s tone shaper and my amps controls, I have been getting very close to Animals and The Wall!!

    [Thanks for the tip! – Bjorn]

  27. Stephan says:

    Hi bjorn,

    I know you’re a fan of the Vick Audio 73 Rams head….

    What do you think about Vick Classic Rat 85 against any other clone?

    I’m actually looking for a straight Vintage Rat clone with LM308N, something that could also do the Pete Cornish G-2 thing also…

    What would you pick? the Vick? the Mooer? the Cmatmods? ARC? BYOC? Hartman?

    Toptone Dg-2 and Jam pedals are too expensive….

    Thank you and best regards

    [There are many great sounding Rats out there. The Vick is one and you should definitely check it out. The Mooer is also very nice. – Bjorn]

  28. Joaco '77 says:

    Hi Bjorn!! I’m so excited, have you seen this??
    I hope it really sound great, if it does, i can stop using my beat up old Deluxe. Will you get your hands on one of these if you can??

    [Definitely but sounds like they’ve just changed the chassis and added true bypass. I fear the tone is as dark and muddy as the current Deluxe. – Bjorn]

  29. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks and please keep it up

    I think the Cali76 should be on your site somewhere, even if not on this list
    I think DG uses them

    [Yes, he does. I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. – Bjorn]

  30. Paul N says:

    Confused… in your review of the Vick ’73 you wrote that you might like a little more top end, but in the one that’s custom made for you the highs are rolled off even more?

    [Ouch… my bad. The “Bjorn mod” has less gain and MORE top end. Sorry. – Bjorn]

  31. Hämpler says:

    Proco rat 2 maybe?

    [That’s a great pedal but it’s a distortion. You should definitely check it out but see my previous reply for boosters. – Bjorn]

  32. Hämpler says:

    Forgot to mention i wanna go for the PULSE sorrow sound:)

    [Yep, they’ll cover it :) – Bjorn]

  33. Hämpler says:

    Hey Bjorn!:)

    Amazing site u have here:) U inspired me to start guitar again:)

    Right now i got a red muck by jam pedals and get a nova repeater shortly:)

    What compressor and booster do u recommend for this setup?:)

    Not to pricy though haha😃

    Happy new year and i hope u had a great holiday !

    [Hi Hämpler! Thanks a lot for your kind words! I’m very fond of the old MXR Dynacomp compressor. Check out the Whirlwind Red Box, which is based on the original MXR specs. The Boss BD2 is an incredibly versatile booster/overdrive and you should also check out the Electro Harmonix Soul Food :) – Bjorn]

  34. WozT says:

    Bjorn are you using it just for fun or are you finding Floyd specific things it can do?

    [It’s capable of lots of different tones so it’s definitely something you could use for your Gilmour tones. I’m mostly using it in my studio for new sounds. – Bjorn]

  35. WozT says:

    The Decco got me excited prior to it’s release but reviews I’ve seen haven’t really convinced me. Have you done a demo or review of this pedal or can you link me a good demo?

    [I haven’t done any but I think the Strymon clips covers most of the pedal. – Bjorn]

  36. Charles says:

    Great work as ever this year, Mr. Riis. Happy new year and keep it up in 2015!

    P.S Loving the solo album!

    [Thanks! Happy new year! – Bjorn]

  37. Sébastien says:

    Hi great gilmourish community , Hi Bjorn,

    Just remember:




    [Terrible what’s happening in your country. Although I don’t want to discuss politics on this site you have my sympathy. – Bjorn]

  38. Colin says:

    Thank you for all the great reading, and Happy New Year to you Bjorn!
    I have been a Gilmour fan since the late ’70s but just recently started playing guitar. I am about ready to buy compressor and delay pedals, and will probably go with the Flashback and Dynacomp based on your writing. I don’t know how I would navigate these waters without your work at Gilmourish.com, but Iam sure I would have made some pretty expensive purchasing mistakes without your reviews. Keep up the great work, it is very much appreciated.

    [Thanks for your kind words, Colin! – Bjorn]

  39. Cody says:

    Great list, Bjorn! As a pedal builder, it’s rare that i have many big commercial pedals on my board. But for the price, The Soul Food was a must-have. Fantastic pedal in every setting you can throw at it. The only other ones on my board are my trusty Boss Tr-2 and my Echorec.. (sorry to mention that one! haha!). Look forward to a new year of features here at Gilmourish, and at your personal site!

    [Cheers, Cody! – Bjorn]

  40. Soumyaijt says:

    Happy New Year Bjorn. Nice to see Vick Audio 73 Rams Head and Buffalo FX Evolution on the list. I can’t think my pedal board without this two.

    [Happy new year :) – Bjorn]

  41. Brad Roller says:

    Yeah you are right. Thanks for your help man. It’s much appreciated God Bless!

  42. Chris Gray says:

    I am glad to see the Deco on your list. It is my favorite new pedal os 2014 and is on of my favorite pedals period.
    I could easily have two on my board.
    There are so many uses for this one.
    good call Bjorn.

    [Cheers! – Bjorn]

  43. John says:

    Nice job brother! Happy new year and thank you!

    [Happy new year, John! – Bjorn]

  44. Brad Roller says:

    Ok thanks for your input! Sounds like what I need. I prefer all my overdrive and distortions be set at the same volume, then use a booster to stand out for a solo. The trouble with this in having a booster like the power booster, the bass and treble and gain settings may not work good for each pedal. Idk if anyone else has this problem or not.

    [I guess you can tweak the treble and bass to be somewhat unity with your amp’s EQ but the pedal it self has a character and much more so than a volume booster so there will be some colouring. – Bjorn]

  45. Matt says:

    I can’t say I agree or disagree with the five pedals on your list Bjorn as I don’t own any of them…….yet:) The Effectrode Fire Bottle is my personal favorite. And it is the most subtle pedal on my board. It just makes everything sound better. I don’t even use it as a boost, I just use as an always on tone enhancer at unity gain. I boost after it. A few weeks ago I didn’t feel like lugging my amp to a jam and there was a Crate solid state amp there. The Firebottle made THAT amp sound good. And when you put it in front of a great tube amp, it makes those sound better too:)

    [Totally agree, Matt! I didn’t include the Fire Bottle because it’s an older pedal but it’s become a favourite of mine and one that I, like you, always leave on. – Bjorn]

  46. Brad Roller says:

    Hi Bjorn! How was your Christmas and New Years? Excellent selection of pedals my friend! I use the evolution all the time. I was waiting on someone to give word on the shine boost but I never heard anything so I assumed it sucked lol I think I am going to get it. I have the worst of luck when it comes to a simple volume boost…most alter the tone too much. But in your opinion it doesn’t alter it in a negative way correct? Great article! Very different and I loved it! Hope to see similar articles!

    [Hi Brad! The Shine Boost is 100% transparent. In standard mode you don’t get any colouring at all. With the Shine switch engaged, there’s a slight mids boost. – Bjorn]

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