Video: Jack White and Gamechanger Audio Collaborate on New Plasma Coil | SNAMM 2019

One of the world's most idiosyncratic gear makers and one of its most idiosyncratic rockers have teamed up for a new pedal. Gamechanger Audio—which makes the Plus sustain, Motor Synth, and more—and Jack White, who needs no introduction, have collaborated to create a fresh spin on Gamechanger's Plasma Pedal.

Fans spotted the strange yet Plasma-looking prototype on White's pedalboard back in April. On Thursday, Gamechanger made it official, unveiling the Third Man Records-exclusive Plasma Coil at Summer NAMM.

Like the original Plasma, the new Plasma Coil is a high-voltage distortion unit that uses a gas-filled tube instead of traditional circuits to create its distortion. But from there, it gets quite a bit different.

The Plasma Coil does away with the original unit's blend knob and replaces it with a range of octave effects, from two octaves down to two octaves up.

Gamechanger Audio's teaser video for the Plasma Coil.

The pedal's controls give players plenty of options to tweak their signal. The result is a truly gnarly range of distorted octave tones, with enough wild edges and twitchy gating effects to stay unpredictable, in a good way.

This isn't the first pedal collaboration for Third Man. White's company has worked with Union Tube and Transistor on the Bumble Buzz, Mantic Concepts for a limited-edition Flex, and Critter & Guitarri on the Terz Amplifer.

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