top of page


Mini vs Big Pedals: Distortion, Overdrive, Fuzz And Analogue Delay

Published on 22 Feb 2019

In this episode we take a first step into a question that gets asked all the time. Well, a couple questions actually: what’s all the fuss about mini pedals, and are they as good as the big versions?
So in this, erm, not exactly rigorously scientific examination, we schwang through some sounds courtesy of five pairs of pedals in regular and small formats to hear what we think.
We will revisit this using some other kinds of pedals in the future, and maybe even do a mini pedals challenge. In the meantime, enjoy this episode!

Pedals in this episode…

Schmidt Array SA525 Switcher Board

TheGigRig Three2One

Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

Jim Dunlop JHF1 Fuzz Face Distortion
UK & Europe:

Jim Dunlop FFM3 Fuzz Face Mini Distortion
UK & Europe:

Ibanez / Keeley Mod+ Tube Screamer
No longer made

Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
UK & Europe:

Suhr Riot Distortion

Suhr Riot Mini Distortion

NRG Purrer

NRG Purrer Mini

Ibanez AD9 Analogue Delay (vintage unit)
No longer made

Ibanez Mini Analogue Delay
UK & Europe:

TheGigRig G2

* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here:

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
Mini Dan & Mick! 0:00
What are we doing today? 0:55
Why have we chosen these pedals? 3:00
Perceived practicality, or real? 5:38
Today’s amps…7:20
Mesa Fillmore 50 quick look: 7:40
Dunlop Fuzz Faces with Strat: 12:45
…and with Dan’s Tele: 18:50
Ibanez Tube Screamers: 20:40
…and with humbuckers: 27:09
Suhr Riot Distortions: 28:30
…and with lower gain: 33:59
Ibanez Delays: 35:57 (37:40)
NRG Purrers: 45:45
Drawbacks of small pedals and some other examples: 55:18

Guitars and amps used today:

Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 - no video yet
Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard
Mesa Fillmore FL-50 1x12 combo:
Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo

Please subscribe to our channel.

Buy a T-shirt to support our efforts?

We are also on Patreon

bottom of page