Lovepedal guitar effects, one of the fastest growing boutique pedal lines of the past decade, are known for their “transparent” nature. While that term may caused mixed emotions, what’s undeniable is how pedals like the Eternity and original COT 50 (Church of Tone) somehow built off of your current tone with what they did. Whatever magic was under the goop (in the early days), professional guitarists like Scott Henderson, Andy Summers and Lenny Kravitz can’t get their hands off Lovepedal effects.
The Lovepedal Eternity & COT 50 are already “vintage boutique” by now. However, Sean has evloved the designs into other variations such as the Kanji Eternity, Amp 50, etc. The Kalamazoo, although apparently unintentionally, provided an excellent alternative to the elusive Klon Centaur overdrive. If you’re looking for tweed tones, the Les Lius is one of the best on the market. With the added Mini line amongst other pedals offering gorgeous tones, the Lovepedal lineup is one to consider for your pedalboard.
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It’s no mystery. Ever since the PGS video comparing it to the Klon Centaur, the Kalamazoo hit the guitar forums like a storm as the next best thing. Still it’s own beast, the Kalamazoo is bound to offer some of the most naturally harmoinc overdriven tones you’ll ever hear from a pedal.
Sporting a a mirrored chrome chassis, this elegant four-knob IC based overdrive circuit is sweet as can be. The Tone & Glass controls work together, offering highs that sing without piercing (never harsh).
Probably the pedal that launched Lovepedal into boutique stardom, the Lovepedal Eternity is known mostly for one thing: trasparent overdrive. Unlike a TS808, the Eternity won’t roll off your lows or put a hump in you mids. Instead (depending on how the dials are set), it’s your tone + overdrive (well, sort of). The Drive, Level and Glass controls can actually take your tone fro transparent Clean Boost to glassy Treble Boost to warm vintage Overdrive…and all shades in between. The socketed IC allows guitarists to experiment with different ICs for a variety of tones. The greatest quality outside of transparentcy? Touch sensivity. The harder you drive your pick into the strings, the more this pedal gives up the goods.
Lovepedal Les Lius
If you’re after those vintage Tweed tones, and you don’t have a tweed amp, this pedal is for you. One of the best on the market, hands down, and was brought back by popular demand. It’s that good. By use of a three-way toggle switch, the Lovepedal Les Lius offers a range of tones from the classic 5E3 Tweed Deluxe to 50’s High Power Twin to Tchula mode (combination of the two). The first knob controls gain, and the second knob is a boost of sorts that will help you reach that “cranked Tweed” tone (think Neil Young on steroids).
The Superlead offers that thick, cranked Marshall tone in a user-friendly, three-knob pedal. A touch less gain, and that punchy Marshall chunk is right there. A touch more gain, and we’re talking Slash solos for the rest of the day. The magic lies in the mids. A two-position Midrange switch can either boost the mids for a thicker tone, or cut them for a more airy, open tone. Either way, it’s touch sensitive just like the Eternity overdrive.
More Great Lovepedal Effects
- Lovepedal Amp 11
- Lovepedal Amp 50
- Lovepedal Mini Pedals
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