52 pedals, week 45—Rockbox Brown Sugar

Guess what?! I’ve saved another pedal discovery from the 2015 Winter NAMM Show for the end of the 52 Pedals series. I’m so sneaky. This pedal is shockingly an overdrive style guitar pedal. I’ve pretty much given up on looking at pedals that don’t enhance my overdriven or distorted tones.

Oh, I should point out that when I say discovery I am referring to the fact that the pedal was a discovery for me. I didn’t discover this pedal some some kind of Captain Cook of the guitar world. Although Captain Cook didn’t discover something that people before him didn’t know about. Huh … I guess I am like Captain Cook. I’m more piratey though.

And on that note … “Arrrrh! That be the Rockbox Brown Sugar pedal and I likes it!”

As mentioned already, I came across this pedal at NAMM earlier this year. I did not get to play through the pedal myself, but I was intrigued enough to learn more on my own. That puts this pedal on par with most other pedals in this series, except I picked up a printed brochure on this pedal. I saw it in person. It appealed to me more because I’ve seen it. I know it’s real and in my mind that makes it more accessible. I’m simple like that.

Upon discovering more about what the pedal does, I wanted it even more. Who wouldn’t want a pedal that allows you to replicate that sought after high volume Marshall amplifier sound without keeping the neighbours awake for days on end? I don’t know the answer to that question. I do know that I want that effect though.

The pedal does this through four simple knobs. they are Level, Drive, Tone and Contour. By adjusting them all individually your are able to get that maxed-out British amplifier sound out of just about any guitar and any much smaller—and quieter—amplifier. It’s as simple as that really.

Well, I say it’s simple, but how would you know? Easy. Watch this video and listen to the many examples given. This video is awesome. There are settings changes and guitar changes. Each one manages to get a very impressive little brown sound. It’s very appealing and it won’t leave you a-peeling your neighbours ears off the wall.


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.

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