Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor/Sustain/Distortion No Longer Available

Compressor/Sustainer/Distortion Pedal with Blend, Treble EQ, Ratio, and Threshold Controls
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Sustain and Compression plus Distortion, When You Want It!

Plug into the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone compressor/sustainer pedal and make your guitar come alive! You can make your leads scream more, tame transient spikes in your rhythm-guitar work, or just make your axe sound richer overall. The Philospher's Tone pedal gives you a treble EQ knob, a blend control, threshold and ratio controls, and even smooth diode clipping (when you want to add that perfect touch of distortion). Best of all, you can drastically increase your guitar's sustain with virtually no noise, so this compact and pedalboard-ready box is perfect for your rig!

Pigtronix Philospher's Tone Sustain Pedal Features:
  • Incredible sustain with virtually no noise
  • Adjustable threshold and ratio put you in complete control
  • Blend control allows you to combine compressed and uncompressed signals
  • Smooth diode clipping distortion gives you natural overdrive
  • Treble EQ lets you easily brighten or smooth out your tone
  • Super-compact, pedalboard-friendly chassis
  • True-bypass switching
  • Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included
The Pigtronix Philospher's Tone pedal gives you incredibly flexible sustain - straight from your pedalboard!

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Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

There's a familiar slogan that was used by Apple in the late '90s: "Think Different." Pigtronix is another company that could just as easily use that slogan. Founded by guitar players who wanted to create unique analog effects pedals, Pigtronix makes a line of pedals that at first seem familiar, but the more you dig into them, the more you find those twists and quirks that set them apart as truly unique tone tools for creative musicians. (Note: I said musicians, not just guitar players -- these pedals are useful in all sorts of studio and live applications.) I received a large box containing all 11 of Pigtronix's pedal offerings. I've checked out demos of the pedals before and have been very impressed, but I have to admit that I wasn't prepared for just how much fun these pedals can be. The company's products break down into a few broad categories: Gain/Distortion -- These pedals include the brand-new Class A Boost, a clean boost/preamp pedal; the Aria, a diode-based overdrive with a 3-band EQ; the PolySaturator, a multi-stage distortion with a 3-band EQ; and the Disnortion, which provides fuzz and overdrive wired in parallel, along with an octave-up effect. Each of the pedals provides a different take on overdrive or distortion. Both the Aria and the PolySaturator cover the more "conventional" sounds, with the added EQ capability. The Disnortion can take you in entirely new directions. Compressor/Sustainer -- Both the Philosopher's Tone, a compressor/sustainer with built-in distortion, and the Philosopher King, which combines a sustainer effect with an envelope generator, can give you tons of sustain and dynamics control, while also allowing those little "extras" that can give you a signature sound. Modulation -- The EP2 Envelope Phaser and the Tremvelope provide a new take on their respective effects, with much more dynamic control over the sounds produced. If you really want to "play" your mod effects, you can do it with these boxes. Delay -- The Echolution is an incredibly advanced multi-tap delay that gives you tons of control. If you can't get the delay effects you want with this pedal -- from a single repeat to a wash of stereo rhythmic taps -- the problem isn't with the pedal! Synth -- The Mothership is a crazy pedal. It can create synthesizer-type sounds without requiring a special pickup or a modification to your guitar. It can also reach into the extremely wacky world of ring modulation for totally off-the-wall sounds. If you're looking to push the boundaries of what guitar can do, the Mothership is the one for you. Studio -- Why relegate your pedals solely to guitar? With the Keymaster, you can easily interface your pedals with your studio gear for a wide range of processing possibilities on your recorded tracks. But you can do even more than that. The Keymaster has series and parallel loops as well as a crossfade control for blending effects. It's a super-versatile routing solution for your pedalboard too. To sum up, I love these effects. They all sound great in the conventional sense, but then there's always that unique Pigtronix twist that opens up new tonal vistas. These are awesome creative tools.
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See also: EQ Pedals, Pigtronix, Pigtronix Compressors and EQ, Pigtronix Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz