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T-Rex Vulture review

Desert distortion with bite

  • £149
  • €201
  • $269
The low boost switch helps emulate the bottom end of a large cabinet

MusicRadar Verdict

It swoops down and adds bite and girth to your tone.

Pros

  • +

    Lots of tonal control - from clean boost to heavy distortion.

Cons

  • -

    Takes batteries but a short lifespan means you'll use them for emergency use only.

Offering more tonal options than most distortion pedals, the T-Rex Vulture features gain and level knobs, plus a tone knob and two smaller black knobs that control low boost and fat boost.

"The Vulture may be just what you need if you're looking for distortion that makes an impact"

With a range that runs from clean boost to a screaming stack, it is versatile in its delivery of dirt, but the tone controls are the selling point.

There's an immediate increase in treble when you kick the pedal in, and the tone knob is there to emphasise this, ramping up the top-end presence.

Low boost is designed to give you the sort of bottom-end thump you'd get standing in front of a 4x12, and it certainly fattens up the lower mids, while the fat boost offers more of a midrange hump that adds punch to the sound and can get quite throaty when up full.

With plenty of tonal variation, while staying tight and controlled, the Vulture may be just what you need if you're looking for distortion that makes an impact.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.