AGP-1 review by Tech-In-Mind

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 4.5 (13 votes)
Tech-In-Mind: AGP-1
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Price paid: $ 600

Purchased from: Tech-in-mind

Sound — 9
I am using a PRS SE with a pearly gates bridge pup and a jazz neck. I run the guitar into AGP-1 into a Boss GT-10. I use the stereo out to go to my Fender Super Champ and Vox VT-50 amps. The sounds are great with no added noise that I can Pick up on. The effects board comes with 6 of 10 available analog slots for effects. Comp/noise gate: Very good in its own right. I happen to use a analog man bi-comp so I'm set on that. Flanger: very lush and full sounding. I cannot find too many uses in general for a flanger but this one sounds real nice. Chorus: Warm and also lush sounding. I rarly used chorus but I am beginning to more and more since I have heard this. Beats the GT-10 choruses (stereo too) hands down. Distortion: Best distortion I have heard to date! I traded in my Tonebone Classic distortion pedal when I got this because the distortion is very tweekable and usable. There is no extra noise when engaged. It has 6 or 7 adjustments for this effect alone. OD-- Good but not the best. I use a Keeley modded sparkle Drive and prefer that. The OD is good on the Drive side but there is too much treble and it sounds a little harsh. There is a tone adjustment but for me even on 0 it's too harsh. The OD and comp are not my favorite. Delay/echo/reverb: This is a 3 in 1 effect and its worth buying the whole processor just for this! This is the best reverb I have heard yet and the delay echo adds this depth to your sound that I now cannot live without. All the effects can be mixed and I found a crazy trippy sound by mixing Delay/echo/verb with chorus and flanger mixed. There was a slight popping sound when the effects were engaged but that has been repaired by a filmware update.

Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly jam band music mixed with rock and bluegrass. My set up is Guitar into AGP-1. True bypass out to Vodoo labs, Keeley modded sparkle Drive into Analogman Bi-Compressor (ross side) into Boss GT-10 and stereo outs to Fender Superchamp and Vox VT-50. I feel like I have every tool nessary to create a wide varity of sounds. The AGP-1 is truly a great addition to my set up and great for pure analog sounds without buying individual botique pedals. If lost I'd replace it and I can see this thing starting a new (old) revolution of Analog effects and processors. They claim to be the worlds first pure analog effects processor.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The popping sound was bad at first but that has been fixed. It uses heavy duty metal switches, true bypass outputs and has a strong metal body. Moving, replacing, or adding effect modules to the processor is done on your own so there is a chance for error. You have to Slide the modules into their slots on the circut board so unlike sex, do not try to do this drunk or you can mess something up. Once set up, the processor is very reliable in my eyes. One LED for patch 2 did burn out though, but that's a $2 fix.

Ease of Use — 9
There is a little bit to get used to with this effects processor such as adjusting the effects and naming the patches but overall it is very easy to use and set up. I give it a 9 because the user manuel is 2 pages and I still had a few questions after reading it. There are firmware updates and I have updated 2 times already. The only digital part about the processor is the LCD screen which is a bit small. The tuner, mixer, and amp sim are very easy to use and engage. Customer Service deserves a perfect 10! They answer every question in detail and even respond on weekends. They have not let me down once.

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