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In 2001 Bogner launched the Uberschall amplifier. More than a decade later, Bogner still hand builds each one in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed "Armageddon in a Box," the ferocious Uberschall pedal d... Click To Read More About This Product

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In 2001 Bogner launched the Uberschall amplifier. More than a decade later, Bogner still hand builds each one in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed "Armageddon in a Box," the ferocious Uberschall pedal derives its thunderous hi-gain tones from the notoriously brutal Bogner Uberschall amplifier. While the Uberschall pedal offers a significant range of classic lower and medium gains, its true nature comes forth when delivering savage, face-melting, high-gain aggression.

Reinhold designed the Uberschall pedal with five discrete Class A gain stages and with diode clipping, mirroring circuitry of the Uberschall amplifier's high-gain channel. This revolutionary approach provides clarity, touch sensitivity and note separation never before achieved in distortion pedals.

The Uberschall pedal is powered by a standard 9V battery or 9V power supply. Reinhold's advanced circuitry internally elevates the voltage a substantially higher level. This higher voltage provides a greater dynamic range which closely resembles the feel of the Uberschall amplifier's legendary tube design.

Features
  • True bypass
  • Boost function with independently lit volume and gain controls
  • Master Controls: Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass and Volume
  • Jacks: input, output and remote
  • Remote jack allows control of the on/off and boost functions via a remote switching unit
  • Low Battery Indicator: LEDs blink when battery voltage drops below critical threshold
  • Premium components include: Double-sided, gold-plated circuit boards, German WIMA capacitors, Japanese Nichicon capacitors and gold-plated relays, Carling switches and more
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BognerUberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Compact (6)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Immaculate Distortion

This is literally like a Bogner Uberschall amplifier in a box. This isn't just a distortion pedal, it completely redefines your tone. I have owned all sorts of metal distortion pedals, including the...Read complete review

This is literally like a Bogner Uberschall amplifier in a box. This isn't just a distortion pedal, it completely redefines your tone. I have owned all sorts of metal distortion pedals, including the PisdiYAUw0t, the line6 ubermetal, boss metalzone, boss metalcore, mxrFullbore, etc...None of them even come close to holding a candle to this pedal. All other pedals simply add massive amounts of gain, completely washing away the tone and making it virtually impossible to cut through the mix with other musicians playing. This is the only modern distortion pedal in which I can hear my tone cut through the mix and never lose sight of every note in a chord. Granted, this pedal does not have massive amounts of sludgy gain, per se, but honestly if you think that you need more gain than this then nobody is going to want to listen to your guitar anyway. This pedal is perfectly sufficient to sound like Meshuggah, Tool, or even Pantera and it is versatile enough to be super responsive to your voulme knob, granting you the ability to access a slightly overdriven sound instead of full on distortion. This is the best and most worthy distortion pedal I've ever played with, unmatched versatility and tonal characteristics makes this pedal way more than just a stompbox, it's like having an extra amp on your pedal board. However, to achieve the best results, I highly recommend stacking this pedal with another overdrive pedal in front of it. I have found no other pedal better than the X0tic RCBooster, it is the best for placing right before distortion pedals as it completely enhances your tone as well as provides a perfect subtle boost, not too much but just right. Oh yeah, and when you squeal the strings with the Uberschall pedal, your ears will bleed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

perplexed

been in working cover bad for years and thought this would be a great "extra" high gain channel for my bogner xtc, was very disappointed...very, although it does...Read complete review

been in working cover bad for years and thought this would be a great "extra" high gain channel for my bogner xtc, was very disappointed...very, although it does function as if its another channel, part of the amp, not just a pedal, it sounded TERRIBLE on the xtc. It was awful, to make it worse I had bragged about this thing and my guitar buddies were there at the first plug in....they were glad I was the one who shelled out all that money first. tried it on my solid state practice amp, not much better. one show we played out in the cold , the temperature seemed to mess the switches up because the thing wouldn't work right all night till I got it home in the warmer temps, it did this EVERY time I had it out in the cold...all the BOSS, Fulltone, Morely, ect pedals never failed but this one every time. I sincerely hope I had a bad one for the price and because I LOVE my Bogner XTC and I couldn't imagine them making something of such poor quality

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4.0

Very Powerful, Very Well Made

By jonestheman

from Birmingham Alabama

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought this after seeing a few videos on YouTube, and was impressed by how versatile it can be. I got mine and first marveled at all the box candy- the packaging and all that is top notch, and it seems they went out of their way to make you understand that you bought something special and really cool. Anyhoo, it sounds great. It definitely does the Bogner thing very well. The build quality is impeccable; Mr. Bogner has definitely not lost his German aesthetic of over-building everything since moving his company over here to L.A. Going back to the tones, I use mine straight in the input of a Mesa/Boogie Mark V:25, and it gives me a third channel option when using it on the clean channel of the amp. My favorite tone of the Mark V:25 is on the Crunch mode of the clean channel, but it precludes me from having a clean sound to switch to. So I use this to have in place of the Mesa/Boogie's awesome Crunch mode, running instead on the Fat mode setting. That way I have a really wonderful clean tone, and then I can bare down the fangs, so to speak, and it sounds great. Then I have my third option, the gain channel set to the Mark IV mode, which is the sound I use most of the time anyway. It's not fair to compare the Bogner to the Mesa/Boogie's gain channel, as they're two completely different animals (not to mention one's a very expensive amp and the other is a pedal).

    The Bogner's midrange is very, very powerful- like on a lot of Bogner amps, it's voiced in a very throaty, Marshally-roar when you turn it up, and a super-scooped, machine gun-like percussive chunk when you dial it out. The manual cautions you about the bass control, to protect your speakers and to keep from muddying up the tone, so on- and yeah, it throws a metric ton of bass. The boost function is super simple, sounds very transparent, can be dialed in for a preset amount, and functions independently of the drive. This thing is great, and has now made me Jones for the Ecstasy Red...

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    UBERSCHALL IS UBER JUST OK

    By Mr.J

    from Va

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this with the intent it was going to be an outstanding distortion stomp box for when the metal side took over but luckily I bought it used and it is so far from Armageddon in a box more like sorta hot rodded Marshall in a over priced pedal my opinion save your money

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      realistic and usable distortion

      By DaveMan

      from Metal, Alabama

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I am very pleased with my Bogner Uberschall. The distortion is very amp like and usable, unlike many distortions that have tons of gain and sound like a rechargable vacuum. The Uberschall can add a little grit or very over the top tube melting distortion. I really like the adjustable boost volume pot. Almost every negative review I have seen say that the boost volume is not adjustable-just turn it. The Class A gain stages add a very clear and hard distortion. I have run a strat, a 6120 Gretsch, and a Xiphos through this pedal and love the new expanded character that I get.

         
        5.0

        Outstanding!

        By Dan

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Site Member

        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the best distortion pedal I've ever played. To my ears it creates the ideal distortion/lead tone. It much more like an "amp channel in a box" than a pedal. I say that because it behaves and reacts more like an actual amp does. It's very touch-sensitive and reacts to pick attack very well. Cleans up very nicely when you roll down your guitar's volume knob. Excellent headroom and note-clarity even at the highest distortion settings. The EQ controls are very interactive and the boost is really cool as well. I've found it to be excellent at lower to medium gain settings too. There is an awful lot of versatility to be found with this pedal by experimenting with the different levels of gain and boost. Love the boost for soloing but because it is so "amp-like" I really like to use my favorite overdrive in front of it for leads also. Love it! Can't recommend it enough!

         
        5.0

        Outstanding!

        By Dan

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Site Member

        Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the best distortion pedal I've ever played. To my ears it creates the ideal distortion/lead tone. It much more like an "amp channel in a box" than a pedal. I say that because it behaves and reacts more like an actual amp does. It's very touch-sensitive and reacts to pick attack very well. Cleans up very nicely when you roll down your guitar's volume knob. Excellent headroom and note-clarity even at the highest distortion settings. The EQ controls are very interactive and the boost is really cool as well. I've found it to be excellent at lower to medium gain settings too. There is an awful lot of versatility to be found with this pedal by experimenting with the different levels of gain and boost. Love the boost for soloing but because it is so "amp-like" I really like to use my favorite overdrive in front of it for leads also. Love it! Can't recommend it enough!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        LESS GAIN THAN ADVERTISED

        By ducky122

        from Burlington NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Based on the description, I expected this pedal to unleash a monster wall of insane modern metal tones. It doesn't do anything close to that. What it does is provide a Marshall-y crunch that is not muddy, along with reasonably reactive EQ controls and a pretty decent volume boost. The pedal is designed to work with an amp set on clean, and it gets pretty fizzy if you use preamp gain with it. It does come to life a little more with a Tubescreamer type OD in front of it in the signal chain. I decided to keep the pedal because nothing else in my current set-up gives me that particular tone, but it's not what I really wanted. Not a great value at full price.

          Overall, if you want a pedal that takes a clean amp and gives it a Marshall-y crunch tone, this is a good one.

          If you want a real heavy, modern high gain distortion, you should get a different pedal.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Bogner Uberschall is Uber Cool!

          By Old School Metal Head

          from San Antonio, TX.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I picked up a Bogner Uberschall on a SDOTD offer, and I'm glad I did. It's proving to be a pretty good distortion pedal. It's NOT capable of death metal type distortion, but it does scooped mids and modern distortion well with the help of the boost side.

            The boost side can be engaged by itself, so that it functions as a solo boost without the gain side being enabled. The reality is that this pedal is essentially two pedals in one: a distortion pedal and a boost pedal.

            The pedal runs on a regular 9V One Spot type power source, or it can run on a 9V battery. I haven't tried running it on battery power yet, so I can't testify as to how long a battery will last.

            It's a fairly large pedal, but not nearly as large as the Behringer Tube Distortion pedal (that thing is a beast!).

            I would recommend this pedal to a friend. It's fun to play around with.

             
            4.0

            It's like an additional amp channel.

            By Phoenix Guitar Dude

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Very dynamic as it responds to pick attack very well. Great note articulation even with the gain maxed out. Doesn't seem to add much noise to the signal either which is cool. Controls are very responsive. I think there is a surprising amount of versatility there by experimenting with different levels of gain and boost. Since it behaves more like an amp channel than a pedal, I prefer to run an overdrive in the front of it for soloing rather than engaging the boost function.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              if you like 5150 or Rectifier tones...

              By solofloyd

              from Honolulu, Hawaii

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Great Tone Range
              • Made In The Usa
              • Quality Brand
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                if you like 5150 or Rectifier tones...check this out. it can replace over-drive or distortion chains of effects with less noise being added to the overall sound...even though 100% analog.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Does One thing Exceptionally Well

                By Mr. Magic

                from So Cal

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bogner Uberschall Distortion/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I'm a pedal junkie that's often tempted to buy pedals that promise variety. But I find that all too often they don't live up to their billing. For this reason I can fall out of love with a pedal - even an expensive pedal - within an hour or two.

                    The Bogner Uberschall pedal is a one trick pony that does what it does so well that I just had to get the Velcro out and give it precious real estate on my go-to pedal board.

                    If you like Marshall tones, i.e. high gain but with great clarity and definition, you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for 7-string grunt and grind, you probably will be.

                    I'm very impressed with this pedal and I look forward to using it for years to come - finding every sweet spot it has to offer.

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