When we look back to the glory days of rock guitar (mid 60's to mid 70's), some of the most popular amplifier set-ups were British Marshalls and Vox's.....often with multi-speaker cabinets. Players like Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Brian May etc, carved their signature sounds on stage and in the studio with these rigs, and in order to deal with the over-powering bottom end, they made use of 'The Treble Booster'. Treble Boosters add top end or higher frequencies to the guitar tone, and depending on how the amp is set up, some much desired overdrive. As much as companies like Dallas (Rangemaster) and Hornby Skewes (Treble Booster) were solving a bottom-end problem, they had also created a new sound pallette! Carl decided it was time to re-introduce this sound with the PlexiRanger! And leave it to Carl to add a gain channel along with the boost channel for a one-of -a-kind fx pedal!
GUITARIST MAGAZINE (UK) 2021
The combination of vintage British amp and treble booster (Dallas Rangemaster et al) as put into practice by the likes of Tony Iommi, Rory Gallagher and Brian May is a shoo-in recipe for a classic rock sound. It makes sense, then, to put a British amp-flavoured overdrive and a booster into the same pedal. And that's just what Carl Martin has done here with the aptly named PlexiRanger.
There are plenty of options, from a tonal sweetening with minimal added boost through powerful, tightly targeted, tonally shaped boosts whether fat, throaty or toppy to get your amp singing. It works
a treat with our vintage VoxAC30 and Marshall JMP 50, bringing in a richness with just the right amount of extra treble combined with a front-end push.
This is a versatile pedal that would be worth the money for either one of its two footswitchable effects. But getting both together in one package makes it a really solid buy as an eminently practical pedalboard workhorse.
PROS: Drive and boost in a single pedal; independent footswitching for both effects; classic sound revisited; practical range of frequencies for the boost; Lo-Cut switch
CONS: Not a thing
PREMIER GUITAR (USA) 2021
More than a few legendary artists have matched a Dallas Rangemaster to a Marshall plexi to screaming ends. So Carl Martin’s new PlexiRanger, which mates the Danish builder’s PlexiTone Marshall-in-a-box stomp to a treble booster in the mold of the Rangemaster and John Hornby Skewes Treble Booster, is a pretty natural pedal proposition. For players that have never experienced the joys of a Marshall and a vintage-style treble booster together, the combination of the two in one tidy little box could be an eye-opening—and ear-awakening—experience.
A warning though: it may be difficult to go back to single-function overdrives after spending some time with this one.
Bonedo.de (Germany) 2021
The Carl Martin PlexiRanger delivers the meaty sound of a boosted Marshall Plexi in a pedal. The Plexi side sounds authentic and, above all, transparent with an optimal response to the actions on the guitar (touch dynamics, volume knob). The Boost Channel has it all and is like the cherry on the cake, it features a clean boost with a volume increase of up to +15 dB and a frequency boost, that allows you to increase a certain frequency range. Both boost functions can be used independently of each other or simultaneously of course, and offer a lot of tone shaping options to fine-tune the distortion sound. And with just under 160 euros, the whole thing is also available at a very fair price.”
Ralf Eilers (Customer)
Congratulations CM, you really deserve it. I've been looking for a very special and unmistakable sound since 1988. Kingdom Come with their early release (produced by Bob Rock) in “88” send me on a longterm journey, to find and reproduce their sound. When I read about the PlexiRanger in the trade press, I knew it could be my pedal. Now I’ve own one since 3 months and I swear by God, I’ll never give it back. My journey is over;-) 1000 thanks for this great gift. U R the best. Cheers Ralf