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Manufacturer's ID: RIOT
What we say:
This is one of the all-time great distortion pedals. It's that simple. The Suhr riot doesn't really want to do much to your tone except dip it in acres of gain and this is what it does admirably! It is most definitely a high-gain sound and it works really well with every valve amp we've ever used it with, from budget combos to boutique stacks.
Satisfaction is extremely high with the Riot: it allows you to retain all of your dynamics and pick attack. It also reacts well to guitar volume knob changes: it's just a very 'playable' pedal that sounds rich and full of heavy tone. We love it!
SpecificationAfter much testing, re-working, and re-builds of the Riot over a period of a year, we are finally satisfied with how it performs and sounds in real world music applications with pro musicians performing live or in the studio. The Riot will make you forget that you're playing through a pedal.
It works with the amp to deliver a big full sound that never sounds artificial or overly electronic. There are no bees-in-the-jar buzziness, harsh high-end or tubby lows that are often what you hear in high-gain distortion pedals. Again, a pedal is highly dependent on the amp it's connected to and how the amp is set, but the Riot will perform exceedingly well with virtually any decent tube amp out there - even with old vintage-style Blackface type of amps. Get musical distortion and an amp-like feel from the Riot. If you need alternative high-gain sounds without adding another amp, the Riot is the ticket to high-gain heaven in a small package.