Carl Martin surf trem 2018, Dc Drive 2018 & red repeat 2016
An update for this vintage trio scales down for convenience
Since TC Electronic launched in 1976, Denmark has become home to several pedal companies. T-Rex, Emma and LunaStone come to mind, but Carl Martin is one of the longest established, having released their Hot Drive ’n Boost back in 1993. Since then, the company has expanded its range considerably, with more than 40 guitar pedals spread across their Pro and Vintage Series, plus a handful of pedals for bass players.
You can always rely on Carl Martin to update their pedals. The original Hot Drive ’n Boost comes in three guises – original, MKII and MK3. Which brings us neatly to these three Vintage Series pedals here, all of which are updates. Keeping abreast of the trend for smaller pedals to fit on a ’board, Carl Martin has started to give the Vintage Series a revamp. First to get this treatment are the Surf Trem and the DC Drive, which now fit into a new anodised chassis.
Meanwhile, the Red Repeat pedal has also had an upgrade with new features that include modulation and a second footswitch for tap tempo, resulting in the ‘2016 Edition’.