Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Hotone pedals – small on scale, big on sound!
You can never really have too many choice for your tone now, can you? Having a wide-range of effects pedals can quickly start to take up some serious floor-acreage though. That’s where the quite preposterously good Hotone pedals come in!
Hotone pedals of noctilucent coolness!
What to say about the Hotone pedals? Well, we can start by saying that these compact effects boxes literally fit in the palm of your hand. Literally.
You can see from the picture.
Also, I particularly love the way the top panel control knobs are described as ‘noctilucent’. Doesn’t that just sound so much better than ‘glow in the dark’?
While small, the Hotone pedal range feels substational. The pedals are metal, and are a lot heavier than you think for the size they are…
If pedalboard space is a bit tight, but there are still one or two more sounds you want on there, chances are you can squeeze a Hotone pedal on there somewhere!
Of course, none of this means very much if they don’t sound very good. Fortunately, they sound great.
Let’s take a little listen:
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Sounding not too shabby, I’m sure you’d agree!
Hotone Skyline Pedals – to review
The verdict? Well, with these pedals coming in at £54.99 and £64.99 for the Verb, they are a lot of sound for the money. Actually, they’d be a lot of sound for considerably more than that.
The form factor of the Hotone Skyline-series of pedals is very likely to be what sells you on these effects units or not. Now is a good time to be a guitarist putting together a rig, there’s just so much choice about! So the size of the Hotone pedals is really what makes them special.
If space is at a premium, either on a congested larger ‘board or because you want to keep your pedalboard as compact and portable as possible, the Hotone pedals are really a great choice.
If space isn’t an important issue for you, then the Hotone Skyline effects are still a great choice – as they do sound quite impressive – but obviously you have a lot more choice!
Either way, I think a Hotone Verb might be finding its way into my setup at some point: while some of those little lunchbox heads sound fantastic, not enough of them have onboard reverb!
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