Carl Martin surf trem 2018, Dc Drive 2018 & red re­peat 2016

An up­date for this vin­tage trio scales down for con­ve­nience

Guitarist - - Contents - Words Trevor Cur­wen Pho­tog­ra­phy Adam Gas­son

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’.

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