I may have mentioned last week that I am writing a lot about distortion pedals this year. I can’t help it. They’re awesome. One thing I haven’t done a lot of this year though—and to be honest this is appalling—is write about some of the cool things I came across at the 2015 Winter NAMM. I saw so much amazing gear. Pedals? I saw plenty. Distortion pedals in particular? Plenty. Distortion pedals that didn’t require standard power to function? Just one—the F-Pedals Edstortion. It’s a tiny little power house that brings its own power. Nifty right?!
I’d like to say that the F-Power range of pedals uses magic or unicorns to make the pedals work, but I don’t believe that is true. Instead I’ll state what the official website tells us to be true.
The F-Power™ system allows users to run F-Pedals without any power supplies or any batteries inside the pedals, and without any loss or interference of sound signals, using F-Board™. The F-Board has a built-in, custom designed, rechargeable and replaceable battery that provides steady power to the pedals through magnetic induction for approximately 20 hours once its fully charged.
Magnets. They’re like magic. It makes perfect sense right? Well it does when you see them in action. As I stated, I saw them in action at NAMM and I was truly impressed. NAMM is over, but you can still see the pedals in action through the wonders of video (which is also like magic).
So cool. You may also notice that the pedals are incredibly tiny. The Edstortion for example can be seen at the 1 minute 50 seconds mark of the video above.
So the pedals have a cool feature in that powerless trick and they’re tiny (meaning you can fit more of them on your pedalboard). But how do they sound? Well damn it, they also sound amazing. I was truly blown away with the demonstration I witnessed at NAMM. I sadly didn’t capture any amazing video of my own—technology problems—but luckily for us all, there is great footage out there that captures the different tones this pedal is capable of.
As you can see—and hear if you’re using the Interwebs correctly—these pedals sound amazing. They’re very responsive to the tone as well as the amount of distortion dialed in. On top of that, the pedal has three modes of distortion. How this all fits into such a compact pedal I’ll never know. To be honest, I don’t care to know. I’m going to continue to assume it’s all magic. Or unicorns. I’m happy to think unicorns were involved. Unicorns clearly rock (with distortion).
Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have however experienced first-hand the sound and effects of this guitar pedal. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.