A great, old-school overdrive with a trademark crunchy sound. It is a rare (basically unavailable) 1977 edition which is considered to be the best version of the pedal. It is very transparent and keeps the sound and personality of your instrument intact even when you roll up the pots. HotCake* can be picky when it comes to rigs – the best combo is a fender guitar with glassy tone and tweed amps with speakers with muddy, dark profile. It works best with rhythm guitar and adds tons of soul and some gnarly rasp. Light blues is obviously a natural choice, but it can find its uses in other genres as well. It has a very interesting sound character which makes it stand out among other overdrive and distortion pedals – it is great for enthusiasts, but not recommended for novice guitarists. There are two knobs which control the tone and a switch which boosts up the mid-range. Personally, I highly recommend using a separate EQ unit.
I based the effect on the legendary 741 op-amp. The stompbox is covered with snow-white powder coat and – as usually – has an elegant minimalistic design inspired by the original. While ordering you can choose between two different versions. My regular replica uses a true bypass, but if you wish I can make it use the buffer, just like the original.
- Requires stabilized 9V power supply (2.1/5.5 plug with “plus on the outside”)
- Can be used with a voltage higher than 9V, but not exceeding 18V.
?The level of guitarist’s experience on a five-point scale. The higher the level, the more skill the pedal requires.
?The level of distortion on a five-point scale.