I enjoyed writing last week’s article in the 52 pedals series so much that I decided to stick with the same theme I’d chosen for that week—pedals I’ve actually played through. The Mystic by El Rey Effects is one of those pedals. And just like last week’s entry, this is a pedal I came across at the 2015 NAMM Show.
As I have played this pedal I will let you know that the settings in the photograph I’ve included with this article are all set to the pedal’s sweet spot. To my liking at least. This pedal has it going on.
The Mystic is a really nicely designed guitar pedal that also happens to sound awesome. Bonus right? Function and design working like a well oiled machine. Or in this instance, like a tiny box of amazing tone. Either way it’s a win-win situation.
The knob on the left (The Yes on the Ouija board) is the fuzz control. As you’ll see from my photograph below, I really liked having that in a low setting. Up higher the fuzz was also exceptional, but there was something about this pedal’s low fuzz, low tone and maxed out volume. I loved it. But I digress.
The middle knob is the tone control while the third knob (The No on the Ouija board) is the pedal’s volume control.
Another cool feature of this pedal is the clipping switch. This switch (to quote directly from the source) let’s you change the colour of the clipping. Well, the original source says color, but that’s not we roll here in Australia. I did experiment a bit with the clipping switch and it did apply changes to the sound that although subtle, were enough for me to stand up and take notice.
Actually, I was already standing when I was playing guitar through this pedal, but I noticed the changes and I liked them.
This is a very cool little pedal. The other El Rey Effects pedals I had a look at were also cool. The Mystic however was the coolest. I #want one.
Disclaimer: I have played this guitar pedal. I have experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That does matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.