Pigtronix goes for Gold with Micro, Germanium version of popular Philosopher's Tone Compressor

The Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone series is back. The latest pedal in the US company's original custom shop compressor/sustainer/distortion effect series is now available in micro form, as the Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold Micro.

This ultimate version of the award-winning and top-selling pedal range, the Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold Micro takes the original PT optical sustain engine and allows you to mix in a layer of germanium-enhanced distortion. The unique diode arrangement found in the pedal delivers a smooth top end and rich midrange response, tailored to match the characteristics of the optical sustainer driving it.

The clean side of the Philosopher's Tone's retains its classic design and character; simply dial in the BLEND and VOLUME knobs to set the signal, then dial in the SUSTAIN knob to enjoy a noiseless, clean, everlasting sustain, previous unobtainable in compression pedals.

Setting the Germanium Gold version apart from its predecessors, the GRIT control acts as a blend for the on-board germanium-enhanced distortion. More than a simple gain control, your clean and overdriven tones can be blended to perfection with a single turn of the dial. 

The stompbox features true-bypass switching for protecting the integrity of your tone when the effect is disengaged, and power comes courtesy of the standard 9VDC input. An internal voltage-doubling circuit provides the superior headroom, clarity and output of 18VDC power rails. 
  • Noiseless clean sustain
  • BLEND control for parallel compression
  • GRIT control mixes in germanium distortion
  • Standard 9VDC power input 
  • Internal 18V power for maximum headroom
  • True-bypass switching
  • Dimensions 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”


The Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Germanium Gold Micro is distributed in Europe, UK and ROI exclusively by JHS, and is available now from Pigtronix retailers.