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Pigtronix Pedals Galax VA

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.

Barrs Fiddle Shop
(276) 236-2411
105 S Main St
Galax, VA
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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(276) 236-9106
7537 Carrollton Pike
Galax, VA
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(276) 952-1865
105 S Main St
Galax, VA
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Woodalls Music
(276) 647-1973
2163 Virginia Ave
Collinsville, VA

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Stage Sound Inc
(540) 342-2040
2240 Shenandoah Ave Nw
Roanoke, VA

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Orchard Springs Dulcimer
(276) 952-1865
105 S Main St
Galax, VA
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(540) 665-2781
2133 S Loudoun St
Winchester, VA
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(804) 644-1433
310 W Broad St
Richmond, VA
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(804) 794-2177
Pob 35170
Richmond, VA
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(540) 389-6666
902 S College Ave
Salem, VA
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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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