Rivera Blues Shaman Overdrive Pedal

Blues-style Guitar Overdrive Effects Pedal with Clean Boost and Voicing Controls
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Perfect Blues Drive in a Pedal!

The Rivera Blues Shaman guitar overdrive effects pedal gives you the ever-coveted smooth breakup and buttery warmth you'd expect from a small, handmade tube amp. Its boutique, Class A tone comes from the Blues Shaman's highly detailed soft clipping circuitry, which delvers fat and full-bodied tube-style tone. Simple gain and and level controls are all this pedal needs to give you wide wide range of playing dynamics, and when you kick in the Ascension switch, you get a solid clean boost to take your Rivera Blues Shaman overdrive well beyond the breakup point.

Rivera Blues Shaman Electric Guitar Overdrive Pedal at a Glance:
  • Stack/Combo switch lets you transform the sound of your pickups
  • Ascension footswitch gives you and extra helping of clean gain
  • True bypass switching preserves your tone at all times
Stack/Combo switch lets you transform the sound of your pickups

Rivera loaded their Blues Shaman guitar overdrive pedal with a great set of simple tone-shaping tools. In addition to a surprisingly effective 1-knob tone control, the Blues Shaman lets you choose between "Stack" and "Combo" voicings. Although this toggle switch ostensibly lets you choose between the fuller sound of a larger stacked amplifier and a more focused combo amp sound, it serves a more noticeable function as a contour switch. Set it to Stack, and you can instantly fatten up your too-thin-sounding single-coil axe. Conversely, the Combo setting does a great job reigning in overly dense humbuckers.

Ascension footswitch gives you and extra helping of clean gain

Kicking in the Blues Shaman's Ascension footswitch is kind of like activating a clean boost pedal in front of a small yet feisty Class A tube amp. By activating your Blues Shaman's Ascension control, you can easily take your tone from mild breakup to full-bodied vintage overdrive.

True bypass switching preserves your tone at all times

What are your pedals doing to your sound when they aren't in use? If you're rocking a Rivera Blues Shaman, then your guitar tone is safe. That's because the Blues Shaman features Rivera's true bypass circuitry. True bypass circuitry means that when you disengage your Blues Shaman, your guitar signal passes cleanly through the pedal, unaffected by any of its background circuitry. This eliminates signal lass and noise, while simultaneously reducing the effecting length of your signal path, reducing the effect of RF and EM noise in the environment.

Rivera Blues Shaman Electric Guitar Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • The perfect way to make any amplifier sound like a small tube amp pushed to the breakup point
  • Dial in anything from mild blues crunch to classic Class A overdrive
  • Simple level and gain controls give you access to a wide degree of tube-style breakup
  • Ascension footswitch lets you add an extra boost to your gain
  • Stack/Combo switch switches between a fuller and a more focused sound
  • True bypass switching preserves your guitar tone when not in use
Add classic rootsy breakup to your guitar tone with a Rivera Blues Shaman overdrive pedal from Sweetwater!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.25"
Width 5"
Depth 4"
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number BL SHMN

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rivera blues shaman awesome!

just blown away had a million overdrive pedals this one is special. It cuts in the mix of a band without being harsh. Acc side is more of a mid boost but very cool. has a lot of sweep in the gain pot and the combo switch works great. You can go from clean boost all the way over the top. feels expensive (I guess it is) and very well built. get what you pay for- this time
Music background: playing at you local pub

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It all comes down to two things. 1) Sound, 2) Quality of building/reliability. Out of six distortion pedals, with no slouches, this sounds the best. For a blues/blues rock type of distortion anyway. I just really like the way my signal breaks up as I increase the gain setting. Some pedals sound good at some point of gain stage, but this one sounds good everywhere. Looking at the pictures before buying, I thought the stainless might be on the thin side, but it's not. this thing's built solid. I haven't owned it for very long, but I bet it'll last forever.
Music background: Guitarist, engineer, producer, songwriter. (Not in that order)
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