Rhythm & Detonation


I made this pedal for Paul McConnell, who plays a Les Paul Classic through a JCM800. He wanted a pedal that could sound "Balls to the Wall." We ended up doing this overdrive/distortion hybrid pedal. I used madbean's ego driver project: three typical controls for gain, tone, and volume, and a voicing switch for high pass and low pass on the tone control. Clipping is asymmetrical with one 1n34a germanium diode and two 2n7000 MOSFETS.

Paul wanted his pedal to give tribute to Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap.

"You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? Put it up to eleven. Eleven. Exactly. One louder."

So we called the pedal ONE LOUDER and put a Tufnel image on the face of it. I painted the pedal in automotive white enamel. I used white knobs and a red led to finish the pedal.