Pigtronix Pedals Mc Lean 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.

Alexandria Music
(703) 660-6025
1502 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA

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(703) 533-7393
416 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA
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(703) 255-1566
231 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA
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(202) 244-7326
4530 Wisconsin Ave Nw
Washington, DC

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(301) 718-1667
7845 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD
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Print Music

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(703) 534-4801
6501 29Th St N
Arlington, VA
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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(301) 320-3882
5310 Tuscarawas Rd
Bethesda, MD
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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(703) 698-8188
2931 Gallows Rd
Falls Church, VA
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Acoustic Piano

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(703) 533-8500
6272 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA
 
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8500 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, 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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