Tone Report Weekly 194 - Page 50

GEAR SPOTLIGHT OUTLAW EFFECTS DEPUTY MARSHAL REVIEW BY S.P. BURKE STREET PRICE $49.99 The current boutique market for pedals has never been better, with tons of new and original ideas being made by musicians and engineers across the globe. Sometimes though, it’s refreshing to see someone succeed at giving us the basics. Distortion pedals from the beginning have attempted one thing: mimicking amp distortion. Whole businesses have sprung up modifying Boss DS-1s trying to get it to sound like a Marshall half- stack. Outlaw Effects, meanwhile, has just decided to start fresh 50 GEAR SPOTLIGHT // and see if it can give old-fashioned Marshall distortion for the same price. The Outlaw website boasts a colorful lineup of various effects no bigger than a fudge brownie, each one fitting in the size of your palm. The gamut runs from distortion, to overdrive, to fuzz, and even mini chorus and echo effects. At the end of the line is even a tuner pulling double duty as a power supply for under $100. The Deputy Marshall is housed in a cool blue chassis, with a big gain knob dead-center. Outlaw Effects Deputy Marshal Flanking the top left and right are the tinier Level and Tone knobs, and in the middle is the sign of commitment to mimicking old Marshall: a switch for Bright and Normal modes, referencing the two input channels of the original Plexis. Plugging my loyal humbucker-equipped Strat into my practice amp, I started with the Level and Tone at 12:00 with the Gain rolled all the way down. Even at this setting the sound was clear and there was a noticeable midrange boost. I’m usually disappointed to see