Walrus Audio Mayflower review

Add some cutting edge to your rhythm

  • £169
  • €173

MusicRadar Verdict

Quality overdrive with a neutral tonality that should work well with any sort of amp.


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    Great build and tone.


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    Very few.

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The Mayflower is a low-to-medium gain overdrive. 

With the Drive control at minimum and Level anywhere above two o’clock, it offers a clean boost with 
just a touch of grit. And it’s tonally very transparent, keeping your tone intact unless you want to use the Bass and Treble knobs for a bit of enhancement. 

We like it with just a touch of extra top for added sparkle. 

Turning up the Drive knob brings in more of that grit, but it just sounds and feels like you’ve made your own amp a little dirtier rather than turning on a pedal - it’s a practical complement to a clean amp
or one that’s just breaking up, and will add dirt while retaining articulation. 

We particularly liked it for adding a cutting edge to rhythm work or putting a bit of hair on single notes for edgier country-style picking. It also stacks very well with other dirt pedals to give them a natural-sounding extra gain stage. 

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.