The team's opinion: How I like this Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone! To tell you the truth, it was borderline heartbreaking to put it on sale. But hey, that's part of the hazards of the job! So why such enthusiasm? It is very simple. I've always had trouble placing a compressor in my Rig and especially in an Alternative Rock, Punk Rock register. Well this pedal made me change my mind!
It's always tricky to compress the sound of an overdriven guitar. But this Pigtronix rises to the challenge hands down. The compression is not subtle but totally extreme. It will allow you 2 things: An ultra massive and straight sound, therefore ideal for Palm Mute and edgy styles and an almost infinite Sustain. But for the American brand a compressor was not enough! They decided to add an extremely fat and voluntarily impressive saturation under the name of "Grit".
Thanks to that the harmonics fuse and the grain will become very particular. Be careful, the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone is not a master key. It has a very marked character and will be intended for the guitarist looking for an original and quite personal sound. An excellent reference, rather unnoticed but essential! A great alternative to Pigtronix Disnorsion.