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Pigtronix Aria Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
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With the Aria overdrive effect pedal, Pigtronix takes a unique approach to diode clipping that retains the expressive nature of your music. The Pigtr...Click To Read More About This Product
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Express your music with creamy sustain and enhanced harmonics.
With the Aria overdrive effect pedal, Pigtronix takes a unique approach to diode clipping that retains the expressive nature of your music. The Pigtronix Aria guitar pedal is smooth and musical, imparting creamy sustain and enhanced harmonic content. More powerful than a modded Screamer and tastier than an old Muff, Pigtronix Aria overdrive pedal delivers the goods, no matter how you turn the knobs.
The Pigtronix Aria's 3-band active EQ is voiced for maximum versatility and sweetness in all settings. Exceptional as a recording tool and essential in the live rig, the Aria pedal's 12dB/octave EQs boost and cut at carefully selected frequencies, allowing you to adapt to a variety of amps or to craft entirely new, killer tones of your own.
Layer the Pigtronix Aria with your amp's distortion or another gain pedal (PolySaturator) or a compressor (Philosopher's Tone) to create deep crunchy textures that ooze pure Rock inspiration.
- Sweet and creamy distortion for the discerning musician
- Dynamic diode clipping architecture
- 3-band 12 dB / octave graphic EQ
- Lots of output volume
- Super compact design
- True bypass
- 9-18 VDC power
- Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included (does not take batteries)
- Circuit design by Howard Davis
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Comments about Pigtronix Aria Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:
This thing is the Swiss Army knife of dirt boxes...
I've been looking for a good, versatile, always-on overdrive or fuzz that would play nice with single coils and humbuckers for quite a while now, and haven't quite been happy with anything I tried out. I couldn't find a retailer in town with this in stock, so I finally took a flier and bought it online (found a better deal outside of MF, but they may be out of stock now).
Fuzz: the distortion is quite nice and organic, and there is more gain on tap than I expected. If you play metal, you probably won't want to use this box on its own--although it might be a great coloring boost for another distortion or the front end of your amp. Articulation of odd intervals, as has been noted elsewhere, is particularly crisp, and the third frequency "beat" you get when you play close intervals (like bending a second into unison--think Joey Santiago) comes through beautifully.
Volume responsiveness: This is a very volume-responsive pedal. Plenty of headroom. It won't get you from perfectly clean to fuzz with the twist of your guitar volume knob, but it's close, and you lose very little tone with your guitar volume rolled off. Very good if you want to work between mild crunch and heavy overdrive without a large volume change and without using multiple boxes.
EQ: The active EQ is what really intrigued me about this box. I definitely prefer a scooped tone to a mid-hump, but boxes I played with that have that characteristic (Boss Blues Driver and a few Lovepedal models come to mind) never quite did it for me.
The EQ on the Aria isn't quite as dramatic as I expected--I'm a little suspicious of about the +/-12db claim--but they do work together to produce a huge range of usable tones.
What I've been finding with the pedal on its own is that the top end is a little shrill, so I've been using my multi-fx after the Aria to pull out the presence and the high-mids a bit, without messing with the treble, and I find the crisp scooped overdriven tone that I've been looking for.
Playing with humbuckers (a funky Hofner club that I got for a steal from MF as a blem--only thing I found wrong with it was a bad set-up, and I love the thing so much that now it's definitely blemished) into a VHT ultra, I get a nice range of dirt ranging from crunch to a decent (but not all-out) fuzz tone.
Where I really love this thing, though, is on my strat. I've had trouble finding a set-up where I really find all of the strat pickups useful without changing amp or preamp settings--if I get the bridge pick-up tamed I lose the sparkle on the neck pick-up, if I EQ to the neck, the bridge is almost unbearably shrill. Through the aria, though, I've been able to find settings that work in all the switch positions, and for that I could kiss this thing.
Would definitely buy another Aria if this one was lost or stolen. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up with another one. I doubt I'd want to stack them, but having two set up to switch between might be very tasty.
Comments about Pigtronix Aria Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:
I got this one to use as a second channel for my amp. i figured it would be a nice little od/distortion. but i was wrong. it was amazing. i have used it with my acoustic as a booster to increase output, i have used it before other pedals as a volume boost for lower output pickups and i have used it for everything from a clean vox-Beatles sound to full out metal. this thing really surprised me, and what was initially intended to be a backup distortion and a second channel when needed has found its way to being one of my go to distortions. it can take power supplies from 9-18 volts. while i use the 9v one spot or the godlyke powerall (depending on how many pedals i am powering) it is nice to know i can get a little extra output and a little different sounds if i wanted by using a higher voltage power supply. if you are like me and need several sounds but don't have the time or room for hundreds of overdrives and distortions, i would recomend this one as a must try. the 3 band eq works really well and sounds more amp-like to me than most od/distortion pedals produce. the only thing i don't care for is having both in and out jacks on one side. so basically i need to turn the pedal so the jacks are going out the top instead of the right hand side. but that issue is so minor i didn't even include it in the ratings.