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TC Electronic summons the Magus Pro – a super-affordable option for high-gain magic

TC Electronic has unveiled the Pro Magus distortion pedal. Boasting a trio of clipping modes and a circuit that replicates the much-coveted LM308 op-amp, it is a versatile and affordable stompbox for any player looking to for a high-gain option in their signal chain.

The Magus Pro's enclosure features controls for Gain, Filter and Volume, with a three-way toggle selector switch for choosing between FAT, Classic and Turbo clipping styles. While Gain and Volume controls are self-explanatory, the Filter control is a hi-cut that allows you to stop the treble from running away with itself.

But the real magic is going on under the hood. An all-analogue circuit, the Magus Pro is voiced for warm distorted tones, and it uses slow slew circuitry – try saying that after last orders – to mimic the LM308 op-amp's performance, mellowing out some of the harsh harmonic overtones and grit, giving you a smoother breakup.

Of course, whenever we hear mention of a Motorola LM308 op-amp we think about the Pro Co Rat, and while that can be a gnarly beast indeed, it is hugely versatile, and cleans up nicely for more mellow styles. With the three clipping modes, the hi-cut, and its slow slew circuitry, the Magus promises to be similarly versatile.

Top-mounted jacks will make it a respectful addition to your pedalboard, and the £45 / $59 asking price is very respectful to your bank balance.

The Magus Pro takes 9V DC power and draws 40mA. See TC Electronic for more details.

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.