First of all, I’m a huge fan of Rivera Amps. I’ve owned my Knucklehead 100w head for over 10 years now, and that thing is fantastic. I’ve kicked around the idea of a new amp, but it’s so hard, since I’m generally very, very happy with mine. Because I’m so happy with that amp my energy level for looking for new amps is pretty much zero.
I was stoked and surprised to see that Rivera is now going into pedals. They would definitely be quite qualified to come up with something that works well with amps and maintaining transparency with the guitar’s tone. Rivera is currently offering three pedals – Blues Shaman, Metal Shaman and the Double Shaman.
Today, I wanted to talk about the Rivera Blues Shaman.
Here is the official description of the Rivera Blues Shaman:
The Blues Shaman emulates the tonal and dynamic range of a small Class A tube amp, with buttery warmth and soft clipping in its overdrive. Its Ascension footswitch delivers feisty gain boost, and its Tone control shapes highs while retaining beefy lows. Further tone shaping comes by flipping the Stack/ Combo switch, which emphasizes tones characteristic of compact, open-backed amps or large-volume closed-back speaker stacks.
Here is a great demo of the Rivera Blues Shaman by Pete Thorn (sinasl1)
As you can hear/see, the Rivera Blues Shaman is a pretty sweet overdrive. I see it’s available through Amazon for $249.00 or you can purchase direct through their store for the same price. Rivera, if you stumble across this post, I’d love to talk to you more about your pedals! Please contact me!