Born in 2012, Matthews Effects is a relatively new company in the world of effects pedals. Keeping that in mind, age is not really a factor in this realm. There are probably brands that have been around forever and don’t make good stuff… Too often people get hung up on the age of a company and thinking it determines the quality of their products. This is not always true. So Matthews Effects might be the new kids on the block, but they are bringing some serious heat! But enough introduction, let’s get to the real reason you are all reading this article, the pedals!
The Astronomer V2 is a unique three-knob reverb pedal that will let you harness the power of the celestial bodies. Chart your course with two sets of identical controls allowing you to jump between the top and bottom row of knobs effortlessly. You can set each row to be a completely different sound. For example, set a deep shimmer on one, a light reverb on the other or create any combination of two distinct sounds and alternate between them instantly.
The Chemist v2 is a one-stop modulation laboratory featuring an analog emulating chorus, a mind-altering phaser or a polyphonic organ style octave. You can set each row to be a completely different sound. For example, set a lush chorus on one, a phaser on the other or create any combination of two distinct sounds and alternate between them instantly.
The Cosmonaut V2 from Matthews Effects is a reverb and delay pedal with a unique design and controls that allow players to achieve new and unique tonal textures! You can set each row to be a completely different sound. For example, set a deep modulated reverb on one, a tape delay on the other or create any combination of two distinct sounds and alternate between them instantly.
Matthews Effects designed the Whaler V2 with an original circuit, top-grade components and a simple yet effective control layout that allows players to dial in a huge range of usable fuzz tones! Built on a desire to find the elusive tone that is always taunting us, the Whaler V2 uses a truly original dynamic fuzz circuit that takes you from a pushed tube amp tone to fuzz hysteria. Dive into its deceptively simple controls for a deep wealth of tone, unlike any other fuzz pedal. This new version has an added gain stage, substantially increasing The Whaler V2’s range and depth of sound.
The Architect V3 is Rick Matthews’ unique take on the legendary Klon circuit, which has formed the tone of countless guitar players. Matthews Effects is the first company to take this legendary design to new heights by building in an active three-band EQ which sculpts the tone of the overdrive. The option to select from three distinct clipping modes allows you to perfectly pair this pedal with any guitar/amp combination.
In closing, I think it can be agreed upon that Matthews Effects might be the new guys, but they definitely have a diverse offering. They are pulling out all the punches on their stuff, truly putting the unique in boutique. If you want a great pedal that is affordable and sounds awesome check them out. As a bonus, the names of their pedals and artwork are pretty sweet too!