I’ve realised lately that with so many different guitar pedals out there, one thing we all need to keep in mind is pedal board real estate. Well, if you’re like me and want to experiment with several different pedals you do. So unless you want to build a pedal board that is roughly the size of a N.A.S.A. styled control panel from a 60s science fiction movie, you’re going to need the occasional small pedal. But it will need to be a pedal that proves that old saying true. The saying that says “Good things come in small packages”. Not the old saying that says “Age is a very high price to pay for maturity”. That one has nothing to do with this article and nothing to do with me—I lack maturity.
A guitar pedal that does prove good things can come in small packages however is the Red Witch Seven Sisters—Ivy. That’s why it’s the 47th pedal in this series. Yay!
As with a few recent pedals I’ve added to my wishlist, the Ivy is a simple pedal. There are two knobs. Not even enough to generate a list! There is a volume knob and a gain knob. Simple right?! Yes. It is.
What is quite different though is that this pedal—and the same is true for all of the Seven Sisters pedals from Red Witch—is the pedal’s Lithium Ion battery. You can charge this pedal using a standard 9v power source—think standard BOSS style power source—and you’ll then end up with potentially dozens and dozens of hours of play time. Or you can play while the battery is being charged by plugging it in as you would many a pedal on your pedal board. Easy.
As I mentioned earlier, this pedal uses very little space on a pedal board. It achieves this minimal footprint by doing two things. Firstly, it’s small. Duh. Secondly, it has its input and output at the top of the pedal meaning you can plug it in directly next to any other pedal on your board—unless you’re charging it in which case you lose a small amount of space on one side of the pedal.
The folks at Red Witch made a very detailed little video for the pedal. Little … Ha!
Seriously though, it’s good. It’s informative and it showcases how impressive the pedal sounds with the gain up high—my preference—and down lower. Both instances suit me. So that’s a win. I wonder where I can get one of these in Australia. I may need one in the coming months.
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.