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Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal

£ 299.95

A Stunning New Breakthrough in Drive Pedals

The brand new Riverside Multistage Drive pedal from Strymon uses a combination of analogue and digital technology, taking advantage of vacuum tube circuitry and flexible digital headroom to deliver a whole new experience when it comes to overdrive pedals.

Authentic Tube Drive

This incredible versatile design features tube-driven inspired tones but don't go thinking that this is some run of the mill drive pedal. The gain stages that can be achieved thanks to this pedal sound warm, natural, musical and authentic to the amplifier it's driving.

Play With Feel

The all analogue front end of the pedal or "JEFT" Front-End, ensures that the Riverside responds beautifully to the guitar signal without adding colour. Allowing for the players feel and dynamics to shine through the drive.

Infinite Sweet Spot

Riverside’s continuously variable circuit tuning dynamically tweaks multiple parameters under the hood so that the sweet spot follows you at any gain setting. As you turn the Drive knob, Riverside makes continuous adjustments, tuning the circuit for optimum tone. This results in an incredibly versatile drive pedal that is equally capable of providing sparking cleans, mild overdrives, high-gain leads, and heavy saturated distortions.

Flexibility To Adapt to Any Amp.

Your amp choice has a large influence on the sound of any drive pedal connected to it. Riverside’s musical 3-band EQ, with independent Bass, Middle and Treble knobs, is designed to complement your amp’s tone with the flexibility needed to dial in your sound effectively and efficiently.  The three-position Presence switch tailors the highest frequencies, allowing Riverside to integrate perfectly with any amp or setup, no matter how dark or bright.

Digital or analog? We chose both.

The first stage of Riverside’s custom multistage drive topology is an all-analog, ultra low noise, discrete, class-A JFET circuit. This gain stage is digitally controlled to maximize headroom while adding as much as 20dB of pure analog gain, with tight integration to the subsequent DSP gain stages. With our hybrid approach you get the best of both analog and digital worlds: The JFET stage provides exceptional touch sensitivity and dynamic interaction with your guitar, while the incredibly powerful SHARC DSP facilitates the great level of detailed complexity and responsiveness you’ll want to hear.


  • Custom cascading multistage distortion topology provides a wide range of tube-inspired drive tones
  • Digitally controlled analog class A JFET input gain stage maximizes headroom while adding up to 20dB of pure analog gain
  • Precision crafted DSP gain stages provide detailed complexity and responsiveness
  • Low gain channel for smooth classic overdrive
  • High gain channel for modern saturated distortion
  • 3-band EQ with independent Bass, Middle and Treble controls
  • Selectable post-analog gain mid-band EQ push
  • Presence switch to tailor the sound for use with all amplifiers from dark to bright
  • Optional variable-threshold noise reduction helps tame noisy guitar pickups

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