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Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal



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    Product Description

    Strymon have finally given us what we’ve all been waiting for and it looks like it’ll deliver in spades. A multistage drive pedal called the Riverside which ahs both an analogue and digital circuit in one.

    Having both, creates incredible flexibility for a drive pedal, and with the quality that Strymon are known for, this could be the gain pedal to own.

    Digital & Analogue

    The first stage of gain your guitar signal hits on the Riverside is the all-analogue, class A JFET circuit. A commonly used distortion circuit for guitars that will dirty up your tone, but still retain loads of clarity and jangle.

    They’ve designed the JFET circuit to give you up to 20dB of analogue gain so that you can really crank up the pedal before it starts compressing and ‘sagging’. However, if you keep the level down and crank the gain, then you can achieve that ‘sag’.

    Once the signal has gone through the warm analogue circuit, the incredibly powerful SHARC DSP chip will add detailed and responsive distortion to match the dynamics of your playing.

    Real Tube Dynamics

    The Riverside will react like a tube amp and when you play quietly, the pedal will respond accordingly. When you up the intensity of your picking hand, you’ll create more distortion.

    It has a low gain channel for smooth classic overdrive sounds and a high gain channel for modern saturated tone, so you can set the pedal up to match your genre, and then play within that parameter. Or you can use the Favorite switch to tap dance between a high gain setting and a low gain overdrive setting. It’s like having 2 pedals in 1!


    We’ve touched on the fact that there’s more than one gain stage, but Strymon have actually crammed in four gain stages into the Riverside that will cascade into each other, adding more gain as you go.

    This will increase the harmonic response so that you don’t lose clarity or top end under loads of distortion.


    Ultimately, this a very versatile drive pedal that will give you access to classic sounds at your feet, but more importantly will help you carve out your own unique distortion sound.

    And the 3-band EQ makes it easy to match the pedal to your current guitar and amp setup.


    Sound Design

    • Custom cascading multistage distortion topology provides a wide range of tube-inspired drive tones
    • Digitally controlled analog class A JFET input gain stage maximizes headroom while adding up to 20dB of pure analog gain
    • Precision crafted DSP gain stages provide detailed complexity and responsiveness
    • Low gain channel for smooth classic overdrive
    • High gain channel for modern saturated distortion
    • 3-band EQ with independent Bass, Middle and Treble controls
    • Selectable post-analog gain mid-band EQ push
    • Presence switch to tailor the sound for use with all amplifiers from dark to bright
    • Optional variable-threshold noise reduction helps tame noisy guitar pickups

    Ins, Outs, and Switches

    • High impedance mono input
    • Mono output
    • Favorite footswitch to save a favorite setting
    • Expression pedal input allows the connection an expression pedal for simultaneous morphing control over multiple parameters (Expression mode), or logarithmic taper for smooth volume control (Volume mode)
    • Boost pedal input allows connection of an external footswitch for up to +6dB of analog boost, or to toggle the Favorite preset on other Strymon pedals (Favorite Out mode)
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    Customer Reviews


    9 reviews





    Mr Roger Baldwin19th Jul 2021

    Natural sound - not a digital replica but an original overdrive that pairs beautifully with my Marshall SV20 plexi.

    Value 4Looks 4Sound 5

    Paul Bigby15th May 2021

    This is an excellent overdrive pedal that can sound very transparent but also has a mid boost setting. It has a very tube style sound to it and is capable of very high gain sounds - far higher gain than I would use. Also very good at providing a good “dirty clean” sound which can be quite elusive.

    Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr david green12th Mar 2021

    Value 3Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

    Steve Nuttall9th Oct 2020

    The only gripe i have is that when setting a favourite sound on the pedal and you hold the favourite button down the LED just stays on. I have looked at videos from yourselves and also from Strymon and the LED goes out after a few seconds thereby letting you know the settings have been saved. It appears that the settings have been saved but I'm not convinced. What do you suggest?

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

    Adam Williams16th Nov 2019

    A very amp like overdrive pedal, worth using midi to access more than just 1 sound, it may be slightly overpriced but it is really good

    Value 4Looks 5Sound 4

    michael hicks8th Sep 2019

    Pedal is great it goes from slight break up to full on distortion and works well with volume knob to and gives me the tone and drive I was looking for and heaps more could not recommend it highly enough you get what you pay for

    Mr John McEwen4th Apr 2019

    Mr Eric Gilmour22nd Jan 2019

    Great drive pedal from low through to high gain

    Mr Jeff Shields3rd Jan 2019

    Unbelievable - I've got loads of OD pedals this one is a step up

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