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07-03-2010 01:55 PM
Nothing in this world is perfect. But as far as overdrives go there really aren't out there that have this much character. You see a lot of people selling stuff like this as boutique cork sniffer overdrives. And they sound great, but they're way more expensive.
This is a product of something made by hand in the USA by musicians FOR musicians.
I tried the amp through every amp I had sitting in the house. A 63 Fender Princeton combo, a Marshall DSL50, and Marshall MkII 50 watt JMP, and a Mesa Tremoverb. As I understood it from Byron himself he designed the pedal to boost his Orange clone that he made himself. As well as trying to make a design close to a JTM-45.Besides the Fender combo, all amps went through a Marshall 4x12 w/ Greenbacks and V30's. Guitars ranged from a Tele, Gretsch Pro Jet, and an Ampeg Dan Armstrong AM100 (stock humbucker.)
Through every single amp I tried it through the pedals tone didn't change drastically. Each amp obviously added it's own flavor to the tone but after messing around w/ the 3 band eq, it's pretty easy to dial in a lot of sounds. My interest in overdrives is generally as a boost. I'm not a distortion pedal as my main tone kind of guy at all. However...you can definately do both w/ this pedal.
As an overdrive I kept the bass at 1 o clock, Mids cranked and treble about 2 o'clock on an already slightly over driven amp with the Level cranked and the gain down real low. As a boost the pedal manages to kick the amp off into heavy chugging territory, but the pedal has so much bass and body to the sound that you don't lose ANY low end from the amp that one tends to get when putting a Tubescreamer to overdrive the amp.
On a clean sounding amp and cranking the gain, and cranking the treble up a bit you get an incredibly heavy (not heavy metal.) thick sounding distortion. Imagine a Boss Ds-1/Rat Pedal with the depth of a Big Muff. If you're looking for a Ds-1 you can actually control the EQ of instead of sacrificing tone w/ just one tone knob this is for you!
If you played in a band that sounded like the Smashing Pumpkins/Nirvana to Qotsa/Kyuss/Fu Manchu. This pedal would work incredibly well in that range. It's got enough gain to work in a heavy sounding environment, but also enough EQ control to not just sound like any other fuzz box out there.
New company, new pedal so it's not like their track record is great because they haven't had a chance yet! But it's made out of metal and well designed. I'm only giving it an 8 because the front layout is just a vinyl sticker you would get for your band to give out at shows or to put on the urinal at the club.
I'd imagine overtime the vinyl sticker coming off after years of abuse could pose a problem. But if you had something like this in your rig that long...you'd better know which is the bass knob and the volume knob.
I think if you can't figure out an OD pedal...you probably don't have any business using an amp.
It's a small company. And to me, local, but I have no doubts in my mind that if there was something wrong they would take care of everyone.
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