Suhr Riot Distortion Pedal
The Riot, as its name playfully hints, is a high-gain distortion box that will make a small clean tube combo sound like a raging stack. We have heard many distortion boxes and were never quite satisfied with how they sounded or felt with a clean amp. We wanted the sonic characteristics of the distortion and the way the pedal reacted to your touch like a high-gain 100w tube head. After 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.
Suhr Riot Distortion Pedal
- Made in the USA
- Great High Gain Pedal
Effects pedals typically take a lot of abuse. Guitar players will typically take good care of their guitars and amps but tend to think of pedals as an afterthought that can be thrown around and stomped on without a second thought. With this in mind, Suhr designed these pedals to take a great deal of physical abuse night after night, tour after tour. The boxes are milled out of solid aluminum billets with state-of-the-art CNC for meticulous fit and finish as well as impregnable protection for the components inside. Yes, these pedals are overbuilt like a tank and overengineered to the tilt. You can sense the amazing build quality when you put one in your hands. From the feel of the footswitch when you stomp on it to the feel of the knobs when you turn them, everything about these pedals oozes quality.
Ultimately, though, it's about the sound and musician-friendly features. Designed by long-time working musicians who are also product designers and engineers, Suhr focused on things that really matter to players who play out in live shows and record in demanding studio applications. Suhr left out the frills and a gaggle of switches and knobs that may seem like they offer versatility but only get in the way when you're trying to dial in the sound in your head. Suhr also added a very practical feature called FX-Link for players using MIDI or remote switching systems to turn pedals on and off without having to insert them into separate loop boxes. As their pedal line grows, this feature will become that much more useful for building a sophisticated rig without frustrating complexity. Speaking of features, all Suhr pedals also come with a battery monitor that measures the voltage of the battery when a cable is plugged in.