I plugged in a Fender Custom Shop
’ 63 Stratocaster and edged up each
knob on the S.A.S. to get a thick,
sustaining Hendrix-like sound that
could be downright feral and
unhinged—yet not beyond control.
you need a broad palette of dirty
tones with minimal fuss.
you prefer that your broad-
toned palette can also be
programmed with multiple presets,
or you don’t want to mess with
another tube in your signal chain.
the compact Pro Junior sound almost like
a cranked half-stack!
With the Boostassio and S.A.S., Fryette
beings the same high-quality build and
top-shelf tones found in its amps, racks,
and combos to the pedal realm. As the
Boostassio’s name suggests, it adds everything from clean boost perfect for soloing
to complex grit suitable for a variety of
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idioms. The S.A.S., on the other hand, has a broader voice that ranges from a subtly dirty boost to scorching, anarchic distortion. Either pedal can enlivewn a dull
amp, bring out the best in a top-shelf valve
amp, and offer incredible responsiveness
to the player. Given Fryette’s status as a
bona fide amp authority, we expect performances like these from pedals bearing his
name, and the S.A.S. and Boostassio live
up to those expectations.