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GEAR SPOTLIGHT STRYMON SUNSET DUAL OVERDRIVE REVIEW BY NICK RAMBO STREET PRICE $299.00 On the surface, the Sunset Dual Overdrive from the team at Strymon Engineering is a valiant campaign into the world of dirt, grit and filth. Under the hood though, the Sunset is loaded with the same meticulous attention to detail that you’d expect from anything bearing the Strymon name. The Sunset features a completely analog JFET gain stage that’s paired with precise, custom-voiced DSP algorithms that capture the nuances and character of six classic overdrive circuit designs. So in that way, yes—it’s a digital overdrive. But if you approach it 50 GEAR SPOTLIGHT // without a digitally-adverse preconception, I swear you’d be hard pressed to know any better. Genuinely, it feels right under your fingers. The tone is precise and responsive, much as you would expect from a world-class overdrive. Which, of course, says nothing of the Sunset’s ultra-flexible signal path routing options—and that’s where the unit really differentiates itself from other two-channel overdrives. each drive. However, thanks to a cleverly designed switch on the back of the pedal, you can run the either side into the other in series, or run them together in parallel. So if you want to cascade a snarling mindrangey overdrive into a punchy distortion for leads—or the opposite of that for heavier rhythm tones—you can. Or you can blend, say, two boosts together for loads of clarity and sparkle. There are lots of possibilities here. Each channel is fully independent, meaning that you can run Side A or Side B by itself with unique tone, volume and gain settings for I’ll level with you: the Sunset is a fine overdrive. DSP or otherwise, it gives you six unique (and complimentary) Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive S