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Overdrive / Distortion


Look, effects pedals that have tube built in are just plain rad. There’s a warmth and energy that they bring forth that is hard to capture otherwise, and we always love getting these types of effects into the shop. Today, we’re going to look at the now-discontinued Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion from Radial Engineering, makers of fine tube-filled gear. Let’s see what’s under the hood with this beast, k? Level...

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Pedals that are based off of old, classic amplifiers tend to produce some really incredible overdrive tones, and today’s featured pedal emulates a couple of vintage amps and sounds to perfection. The Vox Supreme, Defiant, Conqueror and Virtuoso amplifiers had a fuzz/drive built right into them, and were used to record many, many songs you know and love by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The White Pedal Fuzz Overdrive from...

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A really good simple pedal can sometimes knock your musical socks off more so than a complex, Tolstoy-novel-length manual-having pedal can, and we’re all for that with as many effects as we see around here. Today’s delightfully simple sonic recipe has only a couple of ingredients, but speaks volumes in terms of tone and value. The Electric is an overdrive and compressor in one, with elements of boost and preamp as well...

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It’s always a treat when we get a 2-in-1 pedal to check out here at Pedal of the Day, and even cooler when we get a 3-in-1 effect. Today’s pedal blows right past these and gives us a rare and unsurpassed FIVE-in-1 stompbox, something that sounds complicated, but in reality is just easy to use and produces great sounds. The PRISM from Jackson Audio is a buffer, boost, EQ, overdrive and preamp all rolled into one –...

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Are you a sucker for aesthetics when it comes to your pedal collection? Not that it makes or breaks a purchase, but we love a good graphic and layout, and today’s pedal takes us on an exciting journey of sight and sound. The Aqua Lung Overdrive from Rockfabrik Effects is an overdrive with a few common controls and a couple of added options for a wide range of sonic flavors to behold. Like most in the overdrive world, the Aqua...

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Discovering new pedal manufacturers is always a pleasure here at Pedal of the Day, and we’ve got another rad one for you today. Straight outta NOLA, Retroactive Pedals’ first offering is a fuzz/overdrive effect that has both aesthetic and sonic wonders for everyone. Loaded with options, the Designated Driver is easy to use and fun to dial in. Designed to be of the “Marshall” sound when strumming chords and...

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It’s always fun to experiment with guitar pedals on bass, and bass pedals on guitar as well. Today’s bass-oriented fuzz sounds incredible on guitar, with a tremendous bottom end beautiful harmonic structure for any six-string machine to bond with. The Woolly Mammoth from ZVEX Effects shows us that low frequencies can be enjoyed by other instruments besides bass, and that we all still think fuzz effects kick ass. As far as...

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After the thrilling experience we had with the Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz from Champion Leccy a couple months back, we were super-stoked to have another one of their creations on our workbench. Once again, these guys did not disappoint, bringing a fury of thundering, powerful tones representing a number of different genres into the fold. The Evil Twin actually consists of two of Champion Leccy’s Wee Fettle Boosts in one enclosure,...

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A lot of fuzzes and overdrive pedals have the ability to make some type of clean-ish boost sound, so the option is there if you want it. That option is NOT here in the Fireburst V2 Fuzz/Distortion pedal from our friends to the north at Diamond Pedals. This smaller-sized version of the FBR-1 released a few years back still brings the thunder, but doesn’t take up as much space on your board. The second footswitch has been turned...

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When we started doing reviews for Pedal of the Day, the EM-Drive from Emerson Custom was all the rage, followed shortly by the Paramount, two of the finest drive pedals we have come across, and staples on pedalboards around the world. So, we got pretty damn excited when we heard that the Pomeroy Boost Overdrive was going to be hitting the market, and couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves. Well, the wait is over – a...

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Ever since we had the pleasure of checking out the Gunshot Overdrive from ThorpyFX last year, we’ve been itching to get our hands on another one of their beautiful metallic creations and see what it could do. Well, the day is upon us, friends, as we check out the Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive, a clean boost/dirt pedal designed to enhance your tone and give your sound that missing sparkle you’ve been searching for. Volume...

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There are some companies that like to focus on one or two genres of effects pedals, and then really dig in and make their own creations stand out and rock your face. Our pal Chris Jupiter and JPTR FX, located in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, loud and distorted is the name of the game, and a game they play well. The Gainsaw Distortion is our first foray into their lineup of eccentric and unusual pedals, and we’re hoping it won’t...

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Today’s featured pedal is kind of a 2-in-1, which you know we dig here at Pedal of the Day. Part fuzz, part distortion and all-powerful, the Boar Fuzz from Ohmless Pedals produces a broad spectrum of dirt tones, waiting to be unleashed from inside a smaller-than-usual enclosure, perfect for adding to any pedal setup. With simple controls and one fun additional knob, this effect will have affect on your tone, effectively and...

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There’s some funky stuff going on over at Wrought Iron Effects, and in the best way possible. Recently, we reviewed their Aslan Overdrive, which whisked us away to Narnia and beyond. Today, we’re checking out the Orcrist Overdrive, a Tolkien-inspired dirt pedal that speaks to the Middle Earth nerd in some of us, but will provide a powerful boost and drive for players of all walks of life. A bipolar transistor overdrive,...

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Most of us absolutely adore the sound of a classic Fender Tweed amp, but struggle to find the right combination of amps and effects to get us into that sweet spot. Well, today’s pedal aims to change all that, boasting those vintage tones, complete with a tasty mid-range and lots of gain to work with as well. The Combo Drive from Garland FX gives you two effects in one, and delivers them in a package that is undeniably...

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Another fuzz pedal, you say? Sure, why not? Fuzz is the best, right? Today’s fuzzy wonder comes to us from a big Pedal of the Day supporter, Way Huge, and their continually evolving lineup of pedals. This newly-named effect is called the Fuzzstortion, a mash-up of two effect genres combined into one gritty box. More fuzzy than distorted, this guy features some intriguing settings to explore, and a whole lot of fun to be...

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Today, we’ve got the next new pedal in the Animals Pedal lineup, and while it’s not reinventing the effects pedal wheel, the Major Overdrive is a solid choice for dirtying up your tone. With a simple control section and an output of tasty overdriven tones, this little brown box traveled to us all the way from Japan, and was worth the wait. Designed by Skreddy Pedals and including classic graphic artwork and bold buttons...

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Our third and final (just for now, hopefully) review and demo of a pedal from our Italian friends AC Noises is a sure-fire powerhouse of an effect. The Combatti (meaning “fight” in Italian) is an overdrive and distortion pedal that isn’t much on clean tones, and has no desire to be. Featuring a simple control panel and a wide range of dirt sounds flowing out of this salmon-colored creation, it’s sure to get...

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It’s always great to randomly stumble upon a new, exciting effects pedal company, especially one that mixes in aspects of some of our favorite classic books. The Aslan Overdrive from Wrought Iron Effects gets its namesake from a lion in a treasured novel by C.S. Lewis, and brings the power that you’d expect as well. The circuit contained within the Aslan Overdrive is filled with JFET transistors, giving it a very tube...

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Every once in a while around the Pedal of the Day office, we encounter a pedal that is truly like no other we’ve seen before, and that really gets us going. The DM-02 Dynamorph from Totally Wycked Audio is just that kind of pedal, as it is a fuzz, filter, synth, distortion and more all wrapped into one out-of-this-world enclosure. With a ton of sonic options to choose from, and controls and switches up the yin-yang, this is one...

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As if Joel Korte and the crew at Chase Bliss Audio hadn’t done enough over the last couple of years to enhance and electrify the effects pedal world, here they come again with another sick auditory creation. The Brothers™ is a Boost, Drive and Fuzz pedal, but, as they say, not necessarily in that order. Full of the patented control layout we’re all used to, plus the classic dipswitch array found on the top of all CBA...

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Supro 1305 Drive

Supro 1305 Drive


Posted By on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Overdrive / Distortion, Supro | 0 comments

There are a LOT of effects pedals that claim they are an “amp in a box,” but when a company who actually has been building amps for decades creates a pedal, you know it’s legit. The 1305 Drive from Supro takes everything that has always sparkled about their lineup of amps and condenses it into an extremely pedalboard-friendly package. Using an actual output transformer and re-creating the real circuitry of a Supro...

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From the twisted, brilliant mind of Jack Deville comes another pedal in his line of effects with the Friday Club moniker, the PD100. This simple-looking overdrive is anything but, producing a good bit of crunch when dimed, and a wonderfully clean boost when set at lower levels. A perfect front-end effect for your board, it will drive an amp into sweet sonic glory and work with other pedals to enhance your all-around tone. The Master...

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Today’s featured pedal will not only enhance your tone and drive either a tube or solid state amp, but proceeds from its sales help to fund a family farm in Maine as well. The Casco Logger is the first pedal from our new friends at Farm Pedals that we’ve had the privilege to demo and review, and this simple orange box made quite an impression on us. A simple overdrive, it can be used as a great clean boost as well, and...

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Discovering new companies, especially ones that are overseas, is always a thrill for us here at Pedal of the Day. Today’s featured pedal comes to us from Italy, where a couple comprised of a music composer and a photographer/illustrator have combined their talents to produce a new and exciting collection of effects pedals. The Vola is a Preamp/Overdrive, with simple controls and a lot of sounds packed into its enclosure, so...

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Over the last few years, Jeorge Tripps and Way Huge Electronics® have been re-releasing some of their classic pedals, most with some sort of update, to the delight of many who enjoyed the originals. Those had become incredibly rare and expensive, but the new reissues are well-priced and easy to obtain, thus rejuvenating the brand once again. Today’ we’re going to check out the newer version of one of the rarest originals...

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Most of us have played some version of the famous Tube Screamer pedal before, no matter what model number or differing shade of green it might be, with varying levels of likability. Some players swear by them, others want to toss them in the trash, but one thing remains constant: they’re well-known and not going anywhere soon. Today’s pedal, the TS-777 Ultra from DC Pedals, focuses on the TS-808, possibly the most...

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Distortion pedals can be a tricky business – some players can get turned off even by the mention of the word, as they automatically assume these types of pedals can only be used to play loud, aggressive music. While that can be true, the good ones can also be used in many different musical situations, as is the case with today’s featured pedal. The Solid Drive from Mouse Electronics is, yes, a distortion, but can also be...

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Anyone who reads these reviews knows that we’re big fans of 2-in-1 pedals. The effect we’re looking at today is a perfect example of combining two great effects together in one pedalboard-friendly enclosure to maximize all the tone available from your instrument and amp. The Revolver RVO-3 is both and overdrive and a boost, working excellently on their own, and sounding just phenomenal when in tandem. The crew at Dedalo FX...

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The infamous Klon. We’ve all heard about it, a lot of us have played one or heard it live, and a couple fortunate souls actually own one (not us). For the majority of us gearheads who don’t have $1500+ to spend on one pedal, we look elsewhere to find that signature tone, which brings us to today’s featured pedal: the Klone. There are many of these floating around out in the effects world, and we decided to take a...

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It’s always a surprise when you open a box from EarthQuaker Devices, and in our experience, always a positive one. Today’s featured pedal is no different, and has actually vaulted to near the top of our list of their overdrive effects. The Gray Channel, based on the classic DOD 250 Preamp Overdrive, is a dual-channel dirt box with so many options it’s dizzying, and more tones than you can shake a guitar at. Clean,...

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It’s been a hot minute since we reviewed an effect from Throne Room Pedals, but we’re glad we got to check out today’s featured piece of gear. The Atlantis Overdrive is a low-to-mid gain dirt pedal, providing plenty of crunch and boost for any situation. Let’s check it out! The Volume, Tone and Drive controls are standard fare for most overdrives, and the Atlantis is no exception. The Drive in particular has a...

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at a pedal from our friends at Celestial Effects, the Virgo Rock Overdrive, and found that it was a rocking little purple beast. Today’s featured pedal is the Virgo’s older, grown-up and more powerful brother, the Capricorn Rock Distortion. A versatile Boost/Overdrive/Distortion pedal, this creamy creation boasts two gain stages and broad spectrum of tones on tap. Volume starts things...

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A little while back, we were super excited to get a package all the way from Mexico, containing a pedal from One Pot, a company that we had been excited to work with for a while. Not only that, but this particular pedal, the Mojado Wetback Drive, had been custom-designed for us, and was even emblazoned with the Pedal of the Day logo, which we always love! Plus, it’s a 2-In-1, which hold special places in our musical hearts, and...

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Well, it’s been a helluva ride delving into the big bag of tricks that the folks at Ninevolt Pedals gave us, and today we bring you the last one in their complete series of effects pedals: the excellently-named Skateboarding Bear Metal Distortion. This is a BIG pedal, with tons of volume, attitude and range all in one, plus a drawing of a bear on a skateboard, and who doesn’t love that? A high-gain adventure awaits us all,...

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If you’re around the pedal world on even a minor level, there’s a good chance yo’ve heard the name Jack Deville. The mastermind behind the Mr. Black line of pedals, he’s got his hands in ventures all over, one of which we are going to check out today. The Friday Club pedals are a line of fairly straightforward effects that feature no fuss, no muss controls and excellent tonal qualities. We’re going to...

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In the modern world of pedals, there are a handful of companies who are consistently pushing the envelope and getting new sounds and sonic options out to the masses, and have the following and resources to do so. One of our favorites is Walrus Audio, who just put out today’s featured pedal, and knocked another one right out of the park. The Red is a high-gain distortion pedal, complete with a huge range of dirt, a big EQ section...

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We get to meet a lot of great people doing this pedal review thing, and today’s up-and-coming company are no exception. Starting with their flagship pedal, the Lion Drive, the folks at Monarch Musical Devices are right up our alley, being as kind and communicative as can be. Not to mention this blue beast they sent us to check out adds some sparkle and shimmy to any amp or guitar tone, so let’s check it out… The Lion...

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Unless you’ve been living under a musical rock for the past couple years, you know about the pedal being produced by Strymon, and how they have come on full-force to bring some innovative and unique sonic designs to the table. While they had previously focused on modulation-types of effects, today’s pedal brings us their first foray into the world of overdrive, and, as expected, they brought their A-game. The Riverside is...

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We have had the pleasure of reviewing and demoing a whole bunch of pedals from our friends at Celestial Effects over the years, and we get to do it again today! The Virgo Rock Overdrive conjures up feelings and sounds of all your favorite classic rock tunes and guitarists from the ’60’s and ’70’s with ease, while adding in some modern functionality and enough options to fill Madison Square Garden. Deceptively...

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At first glance, one could easily mistake today’s featured pedal for a run-of-the-mill pseudo-copy of one of the most famous (and now expensive) effects pedals ever created. However, once you plug the Pelitaur into your amp and crank up the volume knob on your guitar or bass, you quickly realize that you were sorely mistaken, and apologize to no one in particular almost immediately. This pedal is a fuzz, but not a normal one,...

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The hits just keep on coming from our friends across the sea at Ninevolt Pedals, and we’ve got another simple yet bold piece of gear for you from them today. The Surfing Bear Overdrive is loosely based on a classic green overdrive that may contain the numbers “808” in it, but with a bit more range and a couple differences. Let’s just see what this bright blue beast has in store for us… The Volume, Tone...

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We sure love to experiment with anything that comes our way from Mantic Effects near Denver, CO, and that certainly didn’t change when today’s pedal arrived on our doorstep. The Vitriol (which means a sulfate of any of various metals, such as copper, iron, or zinc) Distortion is a simple yet complex dirt box, excellent for both bass and guitar, and one that leaves you hungry for more sonic experimentation. Plus, you can...

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Today, we look at a pedal that has absolutely taken the guitar-playing, effects-using world by storm since its inception and release in the mid-2000s. The Obsessive Compulsive Drive (or OCD) is an overdrive that features a ton of dynamics, open-sounding tones and singing tube-like distortion raging through your amplifier. One of the best-selling pedals of all time, we’ll explore what makes this little cream-colored box a go-to...

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We recently reviewed and demoed the Plush® Cream II™ Overdrive pedal from our friends at Fuchs Audio Technology, and today we get to see what that pedal is like on steroids. The Extreme Cream II™ takes everything that we love about the smaller version, and then doubles it, giving you two separate pedals in one, and a whole lot of gain to tame (if you’re up to it). The Extreme Cream II™ gives you not one, but two different...

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We’re sure that, like us, you were intrigued and a bit awestruck the first time you saw the Canaglia Overdrive from Lollygagger FX (if this is your first time seeing one, please react accordingly). A big, fat wooden box with three simple knobs looked beautifully clean and adventurous simultaneously, and we wanted to not only hold it in our hands, but hear what magical tones it would release once plugged in. Well, we finally got...

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Many, many moons ago, when we were first getting started here at Pedal of the Day, one of the first companies that took a chance on us and helped us get going was Vaux Flores, a small company from Baltimore, Maryland, who continue to create some super-unique pedals at super-affordable prices (check out their Gold Standard Fuzz we reviewed). Today we look at the Pejibaye Overdrive, a simple but powerful pedal that unleashes beautiful,...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Sean G. – find him on Instagram (@TheNoiseReel), Twitter (@TheNoiseReel) and Facebook (The Noise Reel).Sometimes I find myself not wanting to share a special piece of gear that I use only because it feels like I found something so in tune with what I hear in my head that it would somehow become less special. Like the more people that know about this the less special it somehow becomes....

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The enclosures that Classic Audio Effects are known for are some of the coolest around, and we’re super-stoked to be bringing you guys our review of their new gem, the Stumphouse Drive. This inventive brown stompbox defies all pedal building logic, and introduces a rad new way to adjust the gain in your drive, building on the technology they started with their popular line of Volume Roller pedals. A new innovation to add to your...

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Tube Screamers are one of the most popular effects pedal models of all time, whether you dig ’em or not. There have been many, many recreations of these fine machines as well, some with excellent tones that nearly match the originals, some that don’t get as close or fall a bit short in overall sound. Today’s pedal absolutely falls into the former category, in the fine tradition of well-defined craftsmanship and tone...

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