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Anybody using one of these? I'm diggin' the sound clips I've heard.

 

Sounds like it can go from straight forward dirt to pretty radical.

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Since I've already been fully disclosed... :)

 

fwiw, the clips on Jacques' site are pretty accurate to the settings (depending on what yer playing through).

 

It's can indeed go from straightforward dirt to pretty radical. VOLUME and TONE are the only straightforward controls. After that, things get interesting.

 

What you've is three separate gain controls for low, mid, and high freqs. There's a lot of shaping you can do with those three controls alone, but part of the trick is in the FUZZ control, which takes your already-distorted tone from tight to very loose. A little goes a long way.

 

With all that flexibility comes a fair degree of fiddliness. You know how when we review a new pedal we dig we're always like "OMG there are no bad settings on this pedal!!!11one11!"? Well, this is not that pedal. As Jacques says on his site, and as several of the HC reviews will mention, it takes a little time and patience to get used to how the controls interact, and you definitely have the power at your fingertips to dial in some shitty tones.

 

But the swiss-army-knife aspect is very cool - HEAVY-bassy, cutting-middy, insanely scooped, searing-trebly are all in there. There's a thread somewhere where someone described it as capable of mesa-in-a-box, but I haven't really found that yet. Good for classic rock stuff though - Keef crunch, Billy crunch, Clapton cranked-twin breakup... with mids cranked and treble, bass and fuzz below noon there's a really nice kinda Kossoff grind... etc etc etc

 

Now, if it could really cop every tone you're looking for with total transparency it would in fact be the be-all end-all of dirt. It's not. But with the tone shaping control available it very comfortably sits in the neighborhood of a lot of great tones, and with an MXR-sized footprint too.

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I had one briefly.

It gets heavy & scooped but was absolutely lost in the live band mix. Hit it and my sound just got swallowed up. Traded it away.

Good bedroom pedal though.

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^ Good point. it's definitely not a metal pedal.

 

I don't know about the pedal itself getting lost though - does an EQ get "lost"? - emphasize mids or treble and should cut pretty well :)

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Originally posted by FLYING V 83

^ Only if you wanted that mid-scooped sound (which is why I got it). Then it gets lost real easy.

Totally agreed.

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