BY PAT SMITH
Once again we travel to the Oz-like land that
is Electro-Harmonix. This company has been
around since I was a kid, making stompboxes,
quirky little battery amps and such. The first
chorus pedal I ever heard was their Clone
Theory box; it seemed like a miracle at the
time. They also made the first guitar synth
box I heard that wasn’t dependent on some
kind of special guitar or pickup. They make
a whole bunch of unusual things and I think
more effects makers are trying to come up
with things other than just another distortion
box. Now, in my 40th year of being a guitar
idiot, I am going to just go ahead and say
those weirdos at EH got it goin’ on.
What Do I Do with It?
This was a bit perplexing to me, and I had to
think about what the possible applications for
this might be. One idea would be a no-brainer:
just keep one in your gig bag as a backup in
case your main amp dies on the gig… could be
a gig saver. For the musician who likes to travel
light, you could just slap this puppy on your
pedalboard with a little preamp and a reverb
(or whatever you use), carry a little cab, and
you’d be all set. For a street price of $99 this is
a darn handy and clever little invention.
A Wee little Amp
This is another odd little item that when
the guys at PG handed it to me, I thought,
“Oh boy, here we go… wacko-city.” The 22
Caliber is a small-sized stomp box with an
18V power supply that’s almost as big as it is.
It’s not a box that runs on batteries, so you
have to use the power supply. To me that
suggests they should build it in, yes? Anyway,
that’s just a nitpick. Obviously, there is no way
this thing can work… right? Class D 22 watts
in a little stompbox, no way?
you want a powerful and very
small power amp.
you live for your combo amp,
and it will never fail.
Well, it does actually work. The 22 Caliber
has a Volume knob and a Bright switch, end
of story. I plugged it in to a Redstone Audio
single 8" cab and an Egnater Tourmaster
2x12 (not at the same time), and not only
does it work, the darn thing is loud. The tone
tended to be on the bright side even without
the Bright switch on. The switch is subtle,
but it does add the expected top end. While
bright, there really is no lack of low end, and
overall the sound is quite balanced. The 22
Caliber has a surprising amount of headroom
and stayed clean way louder than I would’ve
expected it to. When it’s really cranked it
does break up, but not in a way I found thoroughly appealing. Again, I started with the
idea that there was no way this thing could
do what it claimed. I was wrong.
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