Meet Eric, the mini-valve-equipped overdrive pedal

We’ve seen a couple of valve amps with miniaturised valves in the past couple of years - namely the BluGuitar Amp1 and Vox MV50 - but Eric, from Germany’s Face Pedals is one of the first uses we’ve seen within a standalone pedal.

Pitched as a Tube Saturator, Eric is designed to emulate the sounds of a cranked tube combo, with tones tweaked via level, low and saturate knobs.

Face Pedals is a division of Janssen Guitars and currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, where €299 snags you an Eric of your very own. One question, though: who is the Eric depicted on the pedal?

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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