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Real life examples. Sound clips of the Aaron Overdrive pulled from actual recording sessions with added delay and reverb. Played with a Gibson Les Paul through the clean channel of a Fender Deville 2×12.
The Aaron Overdrive is a vintage based circuit that has been thought out through years of playing live and tracking guitar tones. We wanted to develop a pedal that translates well in both settings, but is also extremely versatile in both settings. It’s designed to sound great, but to also allow you to get as many tones as possible within one pedal. With the extra boost/gain circuit, there’s an even wider range of functionality added. One of our favorite pedals is the old school Boss OD-1 created in 1978. To this day, people still go nuts over this old pedal. So we started out with a circuit based on the OD-1- vintage, simple, no EQ controls, overdrive only, etc. From there, we added a modern touch of sound and function.
OVERDRIVE MODES & GUTS – There are two different overdrive modes that are both LED clipping modes. If you’re not familiar with LED clipping, that’s ok. Basically, there is the natural warm, smooth, and subtle overdrive (toggle right), then a second more edgy, bright, and crunchy overdrive that even gets super fuzzy at high saturation levels (toggle left). Oh wait, does that make this like four pedals in one now? Yeah, two overdrives, a boost, and fuzz. From there, we decided to use the same famous TL072 chip from the notorious Klon as the opamp of choice.
DRIVE KNOB – Yeah, it’s just the drive knob, but a drive knob with a huge range of sound. From 0 – 50% you’ll really find a good range of clean and lighter overdrive tones with both styles of overdrive. After 50%, you’ll find your smooth and saturated overdrives with the right toggle position, and super crunchy and even fuzzy saturated overdrives with the left toggle position.
BODY KNOB – The body saturation is a very unique control for this pedal. Tones and EQs are great, but you’ll be using the body on this pedal a lot more than a tone control. So first know, this is not a tone control. It makes more sense when you hear it, but this controls the “beef” of your sound. Use less body when using a neck, or mid position, pickup for better clarity of what you’re playing without the mud and boominess. Use more body on single coil bridge pickups, or to create high saturation overdrive tones. Around 12:00 to 2:00 should be about leveled out with your bypassed signal.
TREBLE BOOST – Another very useful function, the treble boost does just what it says, but adds the treble boost in a musical way. You’ll find that this doesn’t boost a ton of “highs”, but rather brings out the clarity of your strings while adding a nice bump in treble. Great for neck pickups, middle position pickups, and bridge pickups when you need super bright spankin’ country tones. To engage, simply move the toggle to the left position- right position is standard.
POSITION SWAPPER – Very important for how you want to use your boost. If the toggle is positioned towards the boost, then the boost is first in order. If towards the overdrive, then the overdrive is first in order. When the boost is first, you’ll want to use the boost to add more warmth and gain to the overdrive circuit- like using a preamp. This will really thicken your overdrive. When the boost is after the overdrive, you’ll use the boost to make your overdrive louder- as for a lead boost, or just a louder volume.
THE BOOST – The boost can also be used as a stand alone clean booster. So that makes 3 ways the boost can be used- before the overdrive for extra gain, after the overdrive for a lead or volume boost, and by itself.
TRUE BYPASS SWITCHING – The two switches control individual circuits, the boost and overdrive, which are both equipped with true bypass switching so you’ll never have any tone loss at all when this pedal is sitting in the off positions.