Gearphoria Volume 7, Number 1

60 GEARPHORIA SEP/OCT 2018 GEAR REVIEWS u Zorg Effects Small Basstar Rolling thunder The Zorg Effects Small Basstar aims for two-in-one utility BY BLAKE WRIGHT BASS EFFECTS have always been a sort of red-headed stepchild in the massive stomp box universe. Most bassist just end up using ped- als made with guitar in mind and either tweak an EQ setting here or there or simply go with what the box has to offer. So it is always a brow raiser when a company comes along and designs one box with both bass and guitar processing in mind. It isn’t a new concept, but it is one that is sort of a forgotten niche. France’s Zorg Effects has a new entry into the guitar/bass hybrid pedal with its Small Basstar. The Small Basstar project started out with a goal to simplify the company’s Glorious Basstar bass effect. However, the road to down- sizing the big sister pedal took a turn when Zorg top man Gabriel Denneulin opted to pursue more than just hitting the Glorious Bas- star with a shrink ray. He wanted to make the Small Basstar a versatile overdrive with equal allure for both bass and guitar players. The result was something Zorg called a Jekyll and Hyde offering. For bass (Dr. Jekyll), all of the essence of the larger Glorious Basstar remains in tact with small refinements made on the distortion end allowing for an overall tighter crunch. There is also a choice of distortion flavor — MOSFET for a medium, dynamic dirt or Diode + LED for a more compressed, deeper gain voice. These are ad- justed via a set of dip switches on the bottom of the pedal. For guitarists (Mr. Hyde), Zorg takes advantage of splitting the instrument signal in two, where bass and attack stay clean while the other side -- the treble signal -- receives the saturation from the Gain con-