Suhr may be mainly known for their incredible range of high end amps and guitars that are simply second to none. In the last few years they have also taken part in the pedal market making themselves a name producing some incredible drive, boost and compression pedals. The Suhr Riot is perhaps one of their most popular pedals and certainly one of the most noticeable pedals on any board. In its bright pink/purple finish this pedal produces crushing distortion tones that will take any clean combo into hard rocking high gain stack territory.
Nothing Artificial Added
When you buy a high gain distortion pedal you want it to sound as amp like as possible so that you don't get that harsh fizz or thumpy low end that digital and transistor based overdrives can be known for. Luckily the Suhr Riot has neither of those frequency issues and instead provides amp like response where the entire range of the Tone, Dist and Level controls can be used without worry.
Three Voicings / Lots of Gain
When you plug in the Riot the first thing to choose from is what voicing do you want. The left side produces a organic amp like overdrive that is more responsive to your playing and the volume control on your guitar. Perfect if you need to go between a lighter crunch and full bore overdrive without extra pedals. The middle position puts you in the modern mix with a tight and punchy low end and a slightly more scooped midrange. This mode is great for palm muted rhythm sections and any time you need more chunk. Finally to the right you have the vintage mode. Don't worry you will not lose any drive in this mode it just has a more classic midrange heavy tone perfect for leads or when you want to pull out some classic tunes.
Once you have your voicing just dial in the right amount of gain for your set up and you are ready to rock. No matter if you need a light but punchy drive or all out screaming metal sounds the Riot can work at nearly any gig.
- Input Impedance: 1M ohm
- Output Impedance: 600 ohm
- Power Connector: 9Vdc, center negative, 2.1mm x 5.5mm
- Operating Voltage: 4V to 18V (nominal 9V)
- Maximum Voltage: 20Vdc
- Reverse Battery Protection: yes
- Over Voltage Protection: yes
- Current Consumption: 8mA
- Estimated Battery Life: 75 - 100 hours continuous use
- Dimensions: 4.875" Width x 3.875" Depth x 1.375" Height
- Weight: One pound
- FX Link Connector: 1/8" stereo
- FX Link max Voltage: 3.3Vdc
- Shield Tip: Activate Mid Boost
- Shield Ring: Activate Boost
- ROHS Compliant: Yes
- Agency Approvals: N/A