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Caroline Guitar Company Icarus V2 Preamp/Drive

$179.99
By Caroline Guitar Company | SKU: RGS-CGC-ICR |

It's 1972. A Soviet surveillance microphone preempt has made its way west thanks to a courageous defector. The nascent. nefarious, and inviable Caroline Corporation obtains it and converts it into devices lac military psychoacoustic spec...- Read More

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It's 1972. A Soviet surveillance microphone preempt has made its way west thanks to a courageous defector. The nascent. nefarious, and inviable Caroline Corporation obtains it and converts it into devices lac military psychoacoustic special operations, then covertly delivers them to legendary users with fame and influence for evaluation. The guitar player of the world's most famous band plugs in his rosewood guitar into one and uses it for a famous benefit concert. A producer runs instruments through another directly into a mixer, spills a bag full illicit drugs into its faders, and records all-time smash hits. An unknown actress brings one to a film screening and wins the Golden Globe. Facing public exposure from Senate hearings over arms trading and supermodel cloning scandals, the Corporation mysteriously dissolves in 1983, leaving no traces except abandoned file cabinets in a dilapidated office basement. Decades later the Corporation's hilariously neglected "Guitar Company" satellite office, blissfully unaware that their parent company has dissolved decades earlier, discovers the schematic and parts specifications. They source some discontinued Russian "unobtnium" diodes and recreate its special flavor. 

There is no evidence that any of the above has or has not happened. So anyway, here's ICARUS. It is "sonic awesomeness" based on our PARABOLA and METEORE preamps.

The Icarus V2.1 is a straight up, to the point, amazing preamp/overdrive/boost. There's up to +12db of clean boost with no additional gain just from the second (volume) stage, but once you add that gain and start to clip the hybrid Russian germanium and silicon diode circuit, you won't want to come back. Based on our acclaimed preamp from the Parabola™ and Météore™, Icarus expands on it with the multiple gain stages, gently tapered highs control, and buffered/true bypass. All running elegantly at 9VDC with no noise-inducing charge pumps or other goofy frills.  To dive into the controls.... Three knobs and the truth! This preamp is useful and plenty loud, so don't be surprised to run it lower than you might with other light drives or boosts. A little goes a long way. GAIN is how much boost is applied to your input signal: All the way off is just the signal from your instrument, turning up will clip the diodes nicely. HIGHS is the amount of frequency content. It interacts with the OUTPUT knob, which controls the output volume. With GAIN all the way off, OUTPUT can still give you up to +12db of boost, so with those other controls up, you may want to keep it down. Horses for courses, they say. The slide switch on the inside will convert this pedal between buffered and true bypass. The buffer can help maintain signal integrity for longer signal runs.

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We will ship completed orders Monday-Friday. Orders placed and paid before 1:00pm. PST will ship that same day. All completed orders after the cutoff time will ship the following business day. RGS does not ship on Saturday or Sunday.

What is your return policy?

We offer a 30 day Exchange policy for new purchases. We ask that you please return the product in the original product packaging along with all included materials (manual, warranty card, all accessories) and in the original condition that it was received and we will exchange it for any product on ours site. Please note that we do charge a $5 dollar exchange fee to cover our shipping cost. We are a small business and do not offer a cash refund. We cannot take returns on sealed product. We do not accept returns for guitars and amplifiers under any circumstances. Unfortunately we also cannot cancel orders or pre-orders. We are happy to exchange for another product if you are no longer interested in the new release or backordered items

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