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The Radial Engineering V9: More Distortion than the British Invasion

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If you’re a guitar player looking for a distortion pedal that evokes classic British overdrive without the hassle of tubes—and at quite a handsome price point—then definitely check out the V9 stompbox by Radial Engineering, a brand known for its sturdy and dependable units. This pedal uses class-A solid-state tone circuitry to drive its delivery its hefty tones, giving you the ability to use the standard 9V power supplies found on many pedalboards, as well as a tinier footprint, which is a must these days when it comes to fitting pedals into the chain.

In addition to imparting anything from a slight overdrive to a crazy, metal amount of distortion, this pedal also boasts an extensive EQ section, with controls over lows, highs, overall contour, plus three styles of top end and a midrange boost accessible from individual toggle switches. The EQ all operates post-distortion, so that the dynamics of your playing style remain preserved going into the drive section, thus keeping the pedal from oversaturating unpleasantly on the way in. Its class-A buffer ensures that in bypass your tone will remain pristine, even across long cable runs or multiple pedals on the board. Finally, its 14-gauge steel enclosure is nothing if not durable, and will stand up to the rigors of touring. So, if it’s a plexi-sound your after in compact form factor, give this pedal a tweak.

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