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Sound Quality

Given that it's not a true-bypass pedal, the signal fidelity is actually very good. Dredge advertises that the circuit features a line-driver stage, I'm assuming that's why the bandwidth remains intact as the battery fades. This box is really a very basic booster with treble handling reminiscent of Vox top boosting, albeit without bass attenuation or the full-bore Vox "sizzle." It can produce a very substantial volume boost, though the intrinsic signal distortion never passes a very basic "crunch." It's actually remarkable, how much this sounds like a low gain tube amp run at top volume when the gain is topped out. Perhaps the best way to think of it is as a high-fidelity treble booster, a fairhaired grandchild of the Dallas Rangemaster. It compares favorably to the Fulltone and Austone products I've tried.


The pots are typical of mass-produced pedals, and the circuit components aren't anything unique. The pcb is secured to the chassis, the switch is a Carling. I don't imagine this box is going to last the way the original script MXR product has, but I'm not expecting failure on stage anytime soon. One substantial issue: the tone control is located close enough to the stomp switch that it's going to take some abuse on stage, and I suspect that pot will be the first thing to go.


General Comments

I've used this box with a Telecaster and Les Paul Custom, it produces very clear signal boosting with a subtle range of compression artifacts and clipping as the gain is boosted. It works in front of pre-CBS Fender heads and a Vox AC/30TBX with excellent results for traditional rock, blues, country, etc. I enjoy using it, the signal handling is excellent, though with some reservations about build quality.

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