TheGigRig QuarterMaster 6 review

  • £169
  • $249

Make any pedal true-bypass

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Our Verdict

Professional-quality pedal switchers don't come much more straightforward and affordable than this. If you want simple, neat true bypass switching control over an unruly collection of stompboxes, you want QuarterMaster.

For

  • Simple to use. High quality. Space-efficient.

Against

  • Nothing.
Buying options

TheGigRig has a deserved rep for pro pedalboard solutions. Its new QuarterMaster is a neat strip of separate loops that gives you independent true-bypass switching over whatever is in each.

"QuarterMaster is a strip of separate loops that gives you independent true-bypass switching over whatever is in each"

That could be as simple as keeping problematic pedals completely out of your signal chain when you're not using them, or you could set up separate groups of pedals in single loops to suit your needs.

The QuarterMaster is available in various configurations; we have the six-loop option (£169), but see TheGigRig's website for other sizes and custom orders.

In Use

The relay switching and bright blue status LEDs require a nine-volt mains supply with a Boss-style adaptor. There's a bracket kit (£6) for Pedaltrain 'boards; we'd opt for a rubber pad (or Velcro) and cable ties for anything else.

We used the QM6 for a recent Dunlop Fuzz Face comparison video, and it coped admirably: no ground loop hum, no pops and bangs, just reliable, instant switching.

In another setup, we assembled a main, everyday collection of drives, modulation and delay using four loops, but had two completely separate chains of pedals on the remaining two loops - one broadly Hendrix-inspired, the other slightly harder rock.

Those extra loops would cause all sorts of issues were they all in one great big line - here, the segregation means it's more like having three small pedalboards in one, with no problems.

Tech Specs

FeaturesTrue-bypass switching for up to six inserts/loops