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It's an open secret that some of the greatest guitar tones of all time were recorded using surprisingly small amps. While "student-model" combos like the famous tweed Champ were never really designed for professional use, recording engineers long ago discovered that these small amps are dynamite in the studio.
In front of a microphone, the low-end roll-off and focused mids you get from a smaller speaker become a distinct advantage. Combined with the dynamic break-up of a simple Class-A amp circuit, this characteristic frequency response makes for killer guitar tones that sit brilliantly in the mix, sounding anything but small.
The SSO is not an ‘amp-in-a-box’ emulation of one particular amp. Instead, this unique circuit captures some of the most desirable characteristics associated with small-speaker, vintage valve combos when miked up in the studio – punchy, upper mid focus, earthy breakup and super sensitive, expressive playing dynamics.
The small speaker overdrive pedal nails the small speaker tweed amps of the 50s giving that lush sound of its breakup. I have an original fender 1958 Harvard Tweed and comparing the sound It was pleasantly surprisingly similar between amp and pedal. So now if I want that sound I don’t have to bring my vintage amp with me to a gig. The pedal is well built and well worth the price.
Great OD, unique, fantastic. I love it
The Small System Overdrive pedal is simply fantastic. Everyday I’m exploring new tones to leverage.
Sound Shoppe your service excellent and you have a real winner in Great Eastern FX pedals.
Unique tone and texture compared to any overdrive i have ever played and i just can't imagine most people not being excited about accessing these sounds for themselves. Who wants another "screamer". It is and does exactly what it claims to do and the results are a real breathe of fresh air. It's not like anything i've tried . It's got it's own sound and amp like feel. like a small tweed with a wider gain range and tone controls that do something when you use them. Stacks well and sounds awesome set to a medium drive setting pushed by my "98 Klon.
3D lead tone for days. Or by itself plugged straight into my mint '69 (drip edge) Princeton it's amazing. Can you tell, i dig it.
We all get addicted to certain aspects of playing, almost always about the tone.
For some it's Fuzz, others Distortion and like myself Overdriv.
The Small Speaker Overdrive is one of those pedals that sticks out from the vast amount of variations on a theme that are available.
This is not a souped up TS but very true to the builders description.
What you get is a low powered overdrive, with a good amount of grit and a nice range of control over the Treble and Bass aspects, that stands well on it's own but plays really well with other pedals in giving you boost options or upping the "cream/scream"
Compensating between HBs, Single Strat Types and P 90s is easy with your guitar volume control or presetting on the pedal itself
Not hard to tailor your sound as it does not color the signal the way others often do
In a constantly changing field of pedals it's always nice to come across one that stays in it's lane delivering a very useful tool and experience