Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone review

  • £129
  • $209

A big plate o' sustain and distortion

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Our Verdict

Compression and distortion in one pedal? We'll certainly have some of that. A versatile addition to any pedalboard.

For

  • Versatile range of sounds; horizontal layout helps with 'board positioning.

Against

  • The extra PSU required perhaps negates the pedal's compact size.
Buying options

The Philosopher's Tone is designed to do all the usual pedal compressor tasks, but also has smooth diode clipping distortion on tap to dirty things up.

Sounds

The PT can tighten up dynamics for arpeggiated chords or country picking as well as delivering a shedload of clean sustain, but it has more tricks up its sleeve.

The treble knob can fine tune the top end, to add some jangle, perhaps, while the blend knob dials in any ratio of dry to effected sound allowing subtle parallel compression and, with the grit turned up, dirty and clean sounds simultaneously.

Tech Specs

Battery/Adaptor TypeDC adaptor
Country of OriginUSA
Available ControlsBlend Distortion Footpedal with on/off switch Treble Volume
Weight (lb)0.52
Dimensions112 x 24.5 x 61
Weight (g)234