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Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Guitar Effects Pedal


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  • Analogue compression pedal providing long sustain
  • Noiseless, clean sustain for soaring leads and swelling rhythm
  • Blend control for parallel compression for smoothness
  • Smooth diode clipping distortion for understated yet cool tone
  • Treble EQ for boost or cut at 2K
  • Grit control for adding harmonic distortion
  • True bypass preserves the fidelity of your dry guitar signal beautifully
  • Winner of Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick Award
  • Used by Dweezil Zappa, Billy Sheehan, Andy Summers (The Police), and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta)
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More than just a quirky name and actually having nothing to do with either the alchemical substance famed for being able to create gold from metal or a young upstart in the wizarding world, the Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Guitar Effects Pedal is almost as valuable with its provision of endless, clear sustain.

With Grit, Sustain, Blend, Treble, and Volume controls under your command, the Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone is capable of creating an extensive and deeply satisfying selection of compression tones, with very little effort. All of this comes at no expense to sound quality, as the pedal’s state-of-the-art analog circuitry ensures noiseless sustain throughout, just warm, articulated musicality that won’t quash pick attacks.

People have been trying to get clean sustain from a pedal for decades, and the alchemists at Pigtronix seems to have found the secret to make it happen.

-Art Thompson (Guitar Player Magazine)

Turn Your Lead to Gold

The pedal manages to keep a consistently natural tone with its parallel compression, which allows you to dial in the perfect mix of clean and compressed audio suitable for your performance. This is possible with the uncomplicated use of the Sustain knob, for setting the amount of sustain, and the Blend knob, to mix the wet and dry signals together.

Treble – Boost and Cut

Engaging the Treble knob allows you to boost or cut the effect at 2 kHz, to tailor the high frequency response of the pedal to meet the need of the music at hand. Boosting gives you rich, drawn out tones, while cutting gives a punchy, sharper attack that’s perfect for succinct note picking.

Add a Little Grit

On top of all this the pedal also offers a Grit control knob, which adds in a layer of harmonic distortion to the compression effect. This is no on/off switch as, like the Blend control, you can mix the distortion in gradually, to get the right balance between and clean and dirty tones. It also helps when combining the Pigtronix Philosophers Tone Effects Pedal with dirt pedals, which it is perfectly matched with, to give you an insane amount of distortion with sustain that just keeps going.

Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick Award Winner

It is its dynamic range, touch sensitivity, transparency and pure sustain that sets the Pigtronix Philosophers Tone apart from other compression pedals, as it allows the character of your instrument to continue to shine through; emphasising what is already there.

You don’t need to take our word about how good this pedal is, however. It has previously won the Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick Award and if that wasn’t enough, just look under the feet of Dweezil Zappa, Billy Sheehan, Andy Summers (The Police), and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta).

Model NamePhilosophers Tone
Model NumberPXCSD
ControlsGrit, Sustain, Blend, Treble, Volume, Engage switch
FeaturesNoiseless Clean Sustain, Blend control for Parallel Compression, Smooth Diode Clipping Distortion, Treble EQ for Boost / Cut at 2K, True Bypass
Chassis Size4.4" x 2.4" x 1"
Current Draw13mA @ 12V 16mA @ 18V
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