A brand new Maestro Comet Chorus Sustainer pedal.
The Maestro Comet Chorus pedal uses iconic analog bucket brigade device (BBD) technology to deliver warm, classic chorus tones. This all-analog pedal boasts a Mode toggle switch for increased sonic versatility. The Earth mode provides an optimized, shimmering chorus effect. The Orbit mode adds some amplitude modulation to the chorused sound to more accurately simulate the sonic complexities of a rotary speaker. An internal trim pot lets you adjust the level of the rotary speaker Orbit effect to taste. The intuitive 3-knob control layout lets users quickly dial up the Depth (amount of pitch variation), Speed (modulation rate) of the chorusing, and adjust the amount of pitch modulated signal that is blended in with the dry signal by using the Mix control. The true bypass footswitch triggers the LED lights in the bugles in the Maestro logo when it’s on, so you’ll always know when the effect is active.
A LITTLE HISTORY ON MAESTRO PEDALS --- HATS OFF TO KEITH RICHARDS:
When Maestro first debuted with the FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone, in 1962, no one could have predicted its trailblazing success. By that time, Gibson, then operating under parent company Chicago Musical Instruments (CMI), had already used the Maestro brand name on accordions, accordion amplifiers, and the legendary Echoplex Tape Delay. When the FZ-1 was released, the guitar pedal market was nonexistent, and this odd effect, intended to conjure something resembling a horn sound, fell largely on deaf ears.
But then Keith Richards came along, and the Rolling Stones guitarist used the FZ-1 as a demo track on “Satisfaction” to signal how and when a horn section should enter the mix. “But he never meant for the part to be used on the final recording,” says Phil O’Keefe, Senior Editor, Gibson Brands. “It was strictly a demo. He thought, well, this is what we want the horns to do... Then that scratch track winds up on the final version, and ‘Satisfaction’ turns out to be the song of the summer in ‘65.” Gibson sold every FZ-1 in stock. It was really the first commercially successful pedal,” O’Keefe continues. “And it set the entire pedal world into motion.”
Gibson has relaunched the Maestro brand with an all-new line of effect pedals. The Maestro Original Collection includes a new Fuzz-Tone FZ-M, reminiscent of the instantly recognizable tones of the first-ever Maestro pedal, the much-mythologized FZ-1. Alongside it, the Orbit Phaser, a descendent of the very first phaser pedal ever produced - the legendary Maestro PS-1. Other hits in the range are the Ranger Overdrive, the Invader Distortion, the Comet Chorus, and much more.