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Pigtronix Pedals Ames IA

The ARIA ($189 RETAIL/$149 STREET) is a hand-painted distortion pedal that, like all Pigtronix products, takes a somewhat different tack. For starters, it boasts an active 3-band EQ that lets you cut frequencies as well as boost them (+/-12dB), resulting in considerably more tone-crafting power than you get with the typical “Tone” control, or even multiple passive tone controls.

Rieman Music
(515) 233-4203
409 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Midwest Piano & Organ Co
(712) 262-2100
501 Grand Ave
Spencer, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Marksmusic Center
(641) 398-2365
Po Box 1
Floyd, IA

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Carnes Bros
(563) 245-1901
Po Box 597
Elkader, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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16Th Avenue Music
(319) 362-1987
225 K Ave Nw
Cedar Rapids, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Als Music
(515) 232-1247
827 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Als Music
(515) 232-1247
827 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Kuypers Music House
(515) 223-6439
Pob 363
Pella, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Chritchetts Lowerey Organ
(319) 236-1899
44 Brookeridge Dr
Waterloo, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Youngerman Music Co., Inc.
(515) 244-5518
8561 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA

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Pigtronix Pedals

gp0510_gear0310The ARIA ($189 RETAIL/$149 STREET) is a hand-painted distortion pedal that, like all Pigtronix products, takes a somewhat different tack. For starters, it boasts an active 3-band EQ that lets you cut frequencies as well as boost them (+/-12dB), resulting in considerably more tone-crafting power than you get with the typical “Tone” control, or even multiple passive tone controls. When boosted, Low packs a tight, punchy buzz with a hint of synth-like edginess; Mid emphasizes the lower end of the toothiness range, adding a little cocked-wah articulation;and High ladles on sizzle and a touch of rasp, but without harshness.

Next, the Aria’s diode-clipping circuitry has a somewhat different character than that of many distortion boxes—on some settings reminiscent of the inter-modulation distortion generated by the Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard (one of my favorite pedals). That said, the Aria easily nails fat classic rock and blues tones, including a great tubeamp-like crunch on lower gain settings, convincing early Sabbath metal sounds, and womanly Claptones using a neck humbucker with the guitar’s tone control rolled back. This little piggy is also very responsive to playing dynamics, frighteningly quiet even when cranked, and fitted with true-bypass switching. Sooey!

KUDOS Produces classic and modern sounds. Active tone controls. Quiet operation.
CONCERNS None.
CONTACT Pigtronix, (631) 331-7447; pigtronix.com ...

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