Two of the greatest blues guitarists on the planet have new signature pedals

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It's purely coincidental (unlike their forthcoming album collaboration) but both Eric Gales and Joe Bonamassa have new signature overdrive pedals out, with MXR and Way Huge, respectively. 

Bonamassa's is actually more than an overdrive but we'll get to that after the MXR Raw Dawg – Eric Gales signature mini overdrive pedal. It's not his first signature pedal as he had a limited sold out run of the Brute Drive with EWS that Gales had on his pedalboard when we did this rig tour with him in 2017. Availability here will be much wider and this pedal is also coming in at a relatively accessible £127.99 in the UK.


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The MXR Raw Dawg Overdrive (Raw Dawg is also the name of Gales' signature head with DV) features a custom designed circuit based around 'classic OD pedals' – as usual the specific inspirations aren't named but this take balances out the mid range frequencies and up the gain "for a more open and natural sound when cranked".

It's a reassuringly simple control layout too; three controls with Output, Tone and Drive. 

Way Huge

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The new Way Huge Penny Saver Royale only has four, despite housing two independent effects. One is the familiar Overrated Special Overdrive that was released as a standalone in 2016. Designer Jeorge Tripps modded his Green Rhino design for Bonamassa with a more pronounced midrange (noticing a theme here?) and also added a 500Hz knob that to offer a boost or cut around the low-mid frequency.

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On the Penny Saver Royale ($299 from it's joined by modulation – specifically the Blue Hippo Chorus with a custom delay time tailored for Mr B. See the big man demo it above – it sounds great, but what doesn't when Bonamassa is playing it?

More info at Way Huge but the Raw Dawg is yet to be listed on the Jim Dunlop site with the current MXR catalogue. 


Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.