Pigtronix Releases Micro, Germanium Version Of Philosopher’s Tone

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Port Jefferson Station, NY) – Pigtronix is bringing back their original custom shop compressor/sustainer/distortion effect—in micro form—as thePhilosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro.

This ultimate version of the award-winning and top-selling Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone compressor takes the original pedal’s optical sustain engine and lets you mix in a layer of germanium-enhanced distortion. The unique diode arrangement found in the Germanium Gold version delivers a smooth top end and rich midrange response, tailored to match the characteristics of the optical sustainer driving it. 
The clean side of the Philosopher’s Tone retains its classic design and character—simply dial in your Blend and Volume levels to get the signal you desire. Use the Sustain knob to dial in the amount of compression you need. Higher settings on this control will provide a noiseless clean sustain previously unheard of in compression pedals, while retaining the original integrity of your tone. 

Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold Micro demo by Mike Hermans

What makes the Germanium Gold version unique is the GRIT control. More than a simple gain knob, the Grit knob found on the Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro acts as a blend for its germanium-enhanced distortion. Your clean and overdriven tones can be blended perfectly with just the right amount of grit for your playing. This stompbox features true-bypass switching and runs on standard 9VDC power with an internal, voltage-doubling circuit providing the superior clarity and overall output of 18VDC power rails. The original Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold has been employed by rock guitar legend Frank Marino and others—and now this more compact version packs an unprecedented amount of boutique compression and germanium distortion into a micro-sized pedal.

• Noiseless clean sustain
• Blend control for parallel compression
• Grit control mixes in germanium distortion
• Runs on standard 9V external power
• Internal 18V power for max headroom
• True bypass switching
• Size = 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”

The Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro retails for $134 USD, and is available now at all Pigtronix retailers worldwide.

Joseph Rubenstein