Product Spotlight: Mythos Pedals
We are truly in the Golden Age of guitar gear. There are more great options than ever before, and things just keep getting better. While guitars and amps are definitely following this trend, it rings even more true with effect pedals. There are countless builders, many of which are designing awesome sounding circuits to go into stompboxes. However, due to a vastly overcrowded market, it can be tough for one of these small builders to find their niche. Today we will be looking at some pedals from a company that managed to overcome the odds.
Mythos pedals have been making great guitar effects for a few years now. This is a breakdown and brief summary of the pedals offered from this great brand. I will cover a portion of the product line, yet some will get left out and more are soon to come!
The phrase “Klon Klone” gets thrown around a lot these days, so I hate to be that guy, but that is what I am going to be comparing this to. With that in mind, the Mjolnir does a great job of getting that tone that so many are looking for. Even the buffer (bypassed) is in the vein of an original Klon. However, the most recent version of the Mjolnir has taken a few steps further away from its legendary roots. For starters, the current Mjolnir has a little less presence and midrange added when the circuit is turned on. This makes the Mjolnir a little bit more transparent than the traditional Klon design. Also, the revised Mjolnir has a bit less gain on tap, because most people are not going to be dipping into that anyways. It is clear that this pedal is now leaning into the lower-gain side of things. But don't be deceived, there is still plenty of gain to push as hard as you want.
As Mythos would tell you, this thing is early ZZ-Top records in a box. If you are someone who really enjoys amp-like drive pedals, you will love the Chupacabra. Specifically, it’s voiced somewhat on the Fender Tweed side of things. With the gain low, you will be getting some nice and responsive pushed amp tones. As you start to raise the drive up a little you will get some really nice, almost valve-like gain when you dig into your strings. This probably sounds like an overdrive pedal to you, and you would be correct! But you can get a nice fuzz tone out of the Chupacabra as well. Once you are close to diming the gain it begins to sound like a cranked and spitty speaker that is dying. It is very cool the way this thing drastically changes when the gain is high. Normally you’d have to endure some hearing loss if it were the amp doing that.
The one-knob wonder as they say. The Golden Fleece is a very simple design that is even more simple to use. The “More” knob (volume) is the only control, to the right is more to the left is less. Beyond its simplicity, this pedal is a fairly unique fuzz sound. It’s not the meanest kid on the block by far, yet it can become aggressive if provoked by an additional gainey amp or pedal. Still, this is not a roaring fuzz unit in the slightest. In fact, depending on what else you are using, this can even be considered an overdrive. It does not destroy your signal like most fuzz boxes, but instead adds some bite that lends itself nicely to the full frequency range of the electric guitar. If you like the idea of “rhythm fuzz” this guy might be just what you are looking for. But give it a listen either way because it, like all of Mythos pedals, sounds brilliant.
It’s a Tube Screamer people… just kidding. To just say that this is just another Tube Screamer clone would be doing the Herculean an injustice. However, it is definitely in the 808 family, maybe not a child, but cousin? Sure we’ll go with that. The two knobs that help this pedal to stand out are clarity and bass. The bass control is placed at a point in the circuit that makes it so the added frequency is clipped, so you're not just literally adding in more raw low-end. The clarity knob is where you can really decide what kind of tube screamer feel you want. If rolled all the way off, the clarity function will leave you with a pretty standard green pedal sound. When you start to role in some clarity you get into the more transparent (i.e. Greer Lightspeed) side of things. The combination of these controls makes this a VERY versatile stompbox that any OD user can appreciate.
The Argo is Mythos’ take on an octave fuzz. The pedal that this one draws its origin from is the Prescription Electronics COB fuzz from the early 2000s. Not everybody is familiar with these, so I’ll go over what the Argo’s controls do. Basically, you have a boost and fuzz that are each controlled individually, then you have a blend knob that lets you blend in however much of your dry signal you desire. This configuration is really nice for making this octave fuzz work in a lot of different situations. You may be aware that most octave fuzzes (Octavia) are fairly finicky and rely on you to play to the pedal's strengths. The Argo, however, does a great job of sounding good wherever you play. Now, if you want it to sound great, playing above the 10th fret with single coils is still where this fuzz shines. Overall, if octave fuzz is what you are looking for, the Argo has you covered.
That covers a majority of the “flagship” pedals in the current Mythos lineup. While everything above is a drive pedal of some kind, tremolo and delay units are coming soon. I can’t stress enough that all of the pedals from this brand are made with high-quality components and sound great. While I still always recommend playing before you buy, I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. What Mythos has already accomplished in the pedal market is awesome and I am looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.