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pigtronix philosophers tone micro Paul Gilbert live

Paul Gilbert demos new Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Micro compressor

Pigtronix have fittingly compressed the Philosopher’s Tone into a new smaller package, the Philosopher’s Tone Micro. The compression and sustain pedal is now available in a 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75” format, instead of the original, which measured 4.4″ x 2.4″ x 1″.

Paul Gilbert explains benefits of Philosopher’s Tone Micro

Guitar god Paul Gilbert gave the Micro a spin in a demo video. The Mr. Big shredder also explains the benefits of the unit:

“It makes all the quiet parts of your playing louder and more upfront, so whether you’re playing clean or distorted, you don’t have to hit quite as hard… Legato type stuff is a quieter technique. It’s not as loud as picking, so it’ll bring that stuff up and bring it right to the front, so you can be competitive with your picking stuff. The quiet stuff is affected a lot more than the louder stuff. The louder stuff sounds pretty much the same.”

Gilbert plays his distinctive Ibanez FRM100TR Fireman in the video run into a Marshall 2061x head.

Pigtronix provides clean sustain by the bucketload

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The Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Micro.

The Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone is known for its noiseless clean sustain. The Micro packs the optical compression of the award-winning original into a smaller chassis that runs on standard 9V external power. Like the original, battery use is not an option with the Micro.

The original pedal had Grit, Sustain, Treble, Blend and Volume controls. The new Philosopher’s Tone Micro includes all of the controls except for Grit. Grit allowed users to mix in a layer of smooth distortion. The Blend knob allows you to mix your original tone in with the compressed sound, allowing you to restore the natural pick attack and retain musicality along with extensive sustain. The Treble knob provides up to a 6db cut or boost at 2KHz, enabling you to tune the frequency response of the pedal.

The Philosopher’s Tone Micro has true-bypass switching. Internally there is 18V power rails for maximum clean headroom even when used with high-output pick-ups and line level signals.

Paul Gilbert isn’t the only well-known guitarist who has picked up the Micro. Living Colour axeman Vernon Reid is also onboard with the new design.

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