Gentlemen/women, start your engines. This pedal is so dangerous that I̥m sure I̥ll be getting a lot of complaintÌ_emails that people have blown up their amps using it.
So let̥s just start this off by saying I WARNED YOU TO BEÌ_CAREFUL. When using this pedal, start off slow, and monitor your amp for potential damage. Don̥t have too much
fun! OK, have too much fun, but don̥t blow up your amp in the process. Unless that̥s what you want, of course, and
well, gosh darn it, it̥s your right. Good ol̥ Pete Townsend did it. Well, at least he poked his speakers out. All right, I̥ll
try to stay on track here.
Ahem. The SUPER-DUPER 2-IN-1å» has two of my infamous but rather delightful Super Hard-Onå» pedals in one
small box. Also, in this SUPER-DUPER 2-IN-1å» is a Master Volume control that lets you use it as an overdrive/distortion
with any output volume. My my! How conventional, you say! Well, suffice to say, if it weren̥t there, you̥d go
deaf with both of those channels cranked up. This pedal is dangerously loud. Don̥t do what I did, and lean over in
front of your speaker cabinet while turning it up. Ouch. Dang.
This channel is a conventional Super Hard-On (TM), which I will henceforth refer to as the SHO, in order to reduce
potential offense to young ears and sensitive persons. Its gain control is on the far right, and it̥s LED is yellow. If you
are familiar with the SHO, you̥ll know that it̥s a very sparkly sounding high input-impedance preamp with incredible
headroom, wide-ranging gain (unity to 60 X), and a maximum volume that will knock out your fillings. Channel one
has no Master Volume control, but it̥s cascaded into Channel 2, which does...
CHANNEL 2 AND THE MASTER VOLUME
This channel has the very same circuit as Channel 1, but the bleeder resistor on the output has been replaced with a
Master Volume control, which allows the user to turn down the output volume even if the gain is set quite high. The
knob on the left is the gain, and the middle knob is the Master Volume, and the LED is red. When both channels are
on, or if only Channel 2 is on, the Master Volume is active. If you leave the Master wide open, you have two identical
SHO pedals in one box, which are cascaded.
WHAT DOES THIS PEDAL SOUND LIKE?
You might wonder just how insane this pedal sounds when you crank up both channels and turn them both on. Well,
I̥ll tell you. I can̥t get my Les Paul to stop feeding back at any audible volume level on my Marshall when both channels
are wide open, and that̥s with the amp set at 1. I̥m happy about that. Of course, this is not the only setting on
the pedal. I don̥t think there̥s a musician around who wouldn̥t be happy to have multiple clean boost pedals set to
predictable levels available on stage. This pedal gives you a total of four volume levels, ranging, at your choice, anywhere
from perfectly clean to ragingly overdriven. Level 1, your guitar is true-bypassed with both channels off. Level
2, you turn on Channel 1. Level 3, you turn off Channel 1 and turn on Channel 2. This is easy because you can put
your foot on both switches at once and alternate between the two channels if you want. Level 4, you turn on both
There is no tone shaping in this pedal. It̥s two perfectly linear high-gain high input-impedance preamps that can be
cascaded, with a total gain that ranges from unity to 3600. That̥s right, the maximum gain with both channels wide
open is a whopping 3600, which is so completely distorted, hissy, feedbacky, and insane, that you̥ll never ever have
a steady relationship again. Or a lease. Or a pet. Luckily, with the Master Volume, you can listen to what it would
sound like to lose everything you love at a reasonable volume. Naturally, because there is no tone-shaping, your
guitar just sounds like a really loud version of your guitar, and your amp sounds like a really big version of your amp,
and if your normal tone is somewhat bloated, it will get very very bloated when you use this pedal set to high gains.
It does best if you are close to getting the tone you want out of your gear already, but just need a boost to make
it go over the top. Keep in mind that you can set up the two channels to give you any amount of gain, from a soft
bluesy boost in two stages to a crunchy rock level, to a wild sustaining beast.
- Uses one 9V battery (preferably alkaline, but the unit is shipped with a carbon-zinc battery.)
- The low current operation ofÌ_this pedal̥s circuit will give you extraordinarily long battery life.
- Current draw is approximately 3mA with both channels
- wide open.
- A DC power jack (standard Boss configuration with center negative) is provided on the side of the pedal.
UseÌ_a high- quality 9V adaptor for all high-gain effects!
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