Let’s dig into 3 mini pedals from the up and coming affordable guitar gear warehouse!
For a lot of these non-guitar gear reviews we’ll be changing up the review format to make them a little more easily accessible, especially with gear that isn’t particularly expensive. Starting us off in the pedal realm will be these brand new, micro pedals from Musiclily.com.
A color coded system will be used: Green = good purchase, can recommend strongly Yellow = some hesitation but good for some Gray = average, can do better can do worse, Red = avoid
Coming in at an incredibly reasonable $27 (or so, prices seem to be shifting between $23 and $27 USD), these are a great entry level option for beginners or player’s building their first pedal board. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the 3 effects that are very essential to my sound: chorus, delay, and drive. Each pedal is powered by a typical 9 volt power supply and have very simple, straightforward controls. Truth be told, I’m not sure who makes these pedals, as in the OEM status, but they seem to be similar to Kmise pedals from what I can tell.
Ultimate Drive: A “Plexi-style” drive pedal with gain, tone, and level controls alongside a high/low switch. This high/low switch seems to control a the tone, with low switch creating a bass-heavy, chug ready sound. The high option, is much more bright and in your face, like a cranked Plexi.
Analog Chorus: A simple, two knob chorus pedal that is true bypass, Musiclily’s Analog Chorus features rate and depth controls.
Analog Delay: 3 knobs that provide a tape echo-inspired delay, with time, mix, and repeat controls to dial in subtle slapback all the way to U2-like repeat layers.
Review & Opinions
Overall, I’m impressed with the tones from all 3 pedals when you consider the price point. As you’ll hear in the demo video, they certainly provide useable sounds, both home recordings or live gigs. Right off the bat, the Analog Chorus won me over and would be the only one out of this selection that could live on my pedalboard. The controls have great sweep, which let you really dial in a viareity of chorus tones even with only two knobs. It has some Super Chorus flavors, but can also approach Neo Clone sounds as well. This is a strong choice for chorus lovers, beginners, or players building an affordaboard.
The Analog Delay was similar in the sense that there are many useable sounds, that certainly could fit into any player’s rig regardless of experience or budget. However, this pedal lacks two key things that would excite me: a weirdness factor, and a naturally warmth. Now, this is to be expected and shouldn’t prevent you from purchasing one. It’s a $27 delay pedal that works, if you are new to guitar or delay, this is a phenomenal place to start! It doesn’t do any crazy self oscillation stuff, there are no built-in modulations like we see in many popular delays. It’s just a straight forward, nice little analog delay that misses some of that vintage warmth, but will fit nicely on any pedalboard.
Last but not least, well kind of least, I would rank the Ultimate Drive towards the bottom of the ranking. I found the low setting to be fine, but it cuts out a lot of the Marshall-sound that I feel like makes this pedal attractive. At that point, it’s just a lower quality DS-1. But the high setting gives that Plexi tone that is quite fun and useful. If you don’t move the tone off of noon too much, this is a gigable pedal! And for $25+ that is quite an accomplishment and something worth highlighting. Another downside was that I found this drive to be quite noisy when plugged into my amp through several guitars. Nothing that wasn’t useable, but this remains a beginner-only option in my mind, while the Analog Chorus and Delay could possibly get the job done for a wide variety of players.
Final Conclusions and Ratings
Analog Chorus: 7/10 “Great Option, Buy It”
Not a bad chorus, even if tones are limited by the two knob set up. If you need a chorus and don’t expect a ton from your chorus (aka you’re not the guitarist in a “The Cult” cover band) this is perfectly great, affordable option to sit on your pedalboard, for beginners and pros.
Analog Delay: 6/10 “Do Some Research But A Good Option”
In terms of sound it may be a bit lower or closer to average (a 5 out of 10 score) but the value is off the charts for a $27 pedal. Great introduction to delay or a great second option (that you can afford), if you like having two delay pedals on your board for two different speeds.
Ultimate Drive: 4.5/10 “Better For Beginners Or Curious Players, Don’t Rely On”
A fine pedal, certainly in the average range or maybe better when you consider the price. I love the Plexi-like sounds of the high settings but find the low setting to be not worth the time to tweak. If you’re playing through a clean amp, or one with limited settings, this is a nice way to spice up your dirt sound. Otherwise, spend a bit more on a DS-1 or tube screamer clone.