I thought I’d take a quick detour from my regular overdrive and distortion fascination—it probably won’t last long—and add another kind of pedal to my dream list. So if I’m adding a pedal that isn’t overdrive or distortion—clearly my favourite effect types—then the pedal needs to do something amazing. I think adding to your existing setup’s tone through presence and boost together is pretty damn amazing. The Penny Pedals Cherry Blossom Presence Boost seems to do just that. Therefore, winning.
We aren’t all blessed with an amplifier that delivers the presence knob. I know I’m not. Well, not if you don’t include virtual amplifiers—I do love my iOS guitar apps. If you’ve experienced the benefit that presence can bring to an amplifier, it will be easy for you to see how adding that feature to a boost pedal would be incredibly advantageous. Your amplifier tone can get the boost it needs while also allowing you to brighten up a dark amplifier or a low volume amplifier setting—amplifiers are not made to be used at low volume because they amplify!
The Penny Pedals video demo showcases a few different pedal settings—see and hear below—and each one is an absolute tonal improvement in my book*
* Not a real book.
Did you notice the improved tones with each and every demonstration piece in that video? I know I did. Clarity of tone. Mmmmmm …
Now I know what you’re thinking. How amazing would this make your distorted amplifier setup sound? Well, maybe only I’m thinking that. But I bet that the answer is “phenomenal” either way. Who cares who’s thinking it anyway?! What’s important is that it would open up those distorted tones.
OK, I have a distortion problem. Regardless, I’m pretty sure this pedal would only make my distorted tones sound that much better. So once again, winning.
Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.