One of the most wanted, if not THE most wanted drive pedal. A wet dream of every guitarist. Make no mistake – this is the top shelf when it comes to hi-end units. It provides a huge array of different sound varieties with the use of two independent channels with countless clipping diodes configurations. It improves the sound definition, can selectively enhance tone and is very versatile. The pedal can be used both with solo and rhythm guitars. It is very transparent and preserves the tone of any guitar coupled with it. You will recognize the distinctive characteristics of your instrument, even with extreme settings. Many guitarists spend years to achieve this signature soft drive sound. The King of Tone* can be used for many genres, especially blues and rock. It is one of those effects units which can become a pedalboard secret weapon of every serious guitar player. This drive sounds great with every amp available on the market and (thanks to JRC4580D op-amps) is pretty much noiseless with good guitar rigs.
Different configurations available for each of the two channels mean that we can create many custom sounds and the pedal can serve as a booster, a distortion or an overdrive. There are four dip switches which control the diode setup (inside the unit). There are also two PRESENCE knobs, one for each channel, and my personal modification – a possibility of boosting the output signal of the left channel. In itself, the King of Tone* has a low level of the output signal and my customization enhances the range of the LEVEL knob. I find it particularly useful when it is difficult to achieve the desired drive on our amp. Obviously, this modification can be turned off and the output level reaches its original range. My clone also has the high-gain version of the right channel, which makes it an all-purpose tool. A manual which describes different setups is shipped with the pedal.
- 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.