Finicky about tone? Then look no further because Danelectro has got you covered. The Danelectro CTO-2 Transparent Overdrive effects pedal from the Cool Cat series shines with all the classy crunch tha... Read More
Finicky about tone? Then look no further because Danelectro has got you covered. The Danelectro CTO-2 Transparent Overdrive effects pedal from the Cool Cat series shines with all the classy crunch that you've come to expect from an authority on cool sound and stylish tone.
The Transparent Overdrive lets more of your guitar's voice shine through, even at high overdrive settings. It's a very useful effect pedal for everything from modern Country to American and British Rock.
The gain sets the amount of overdrive applied to the signal, counterclockwise is minimum overdrive, turn clockwise to increase overdrive. As overdrive increases, low frequencies will "bloom" slightly.
The treble and bass controls on this Danelectro Cool Cat Pedal adjust the tone of the overdrive sound. The two controls are stacked; the inner control is for Treble, the outer for Bass. The volume control adjusts overall volume when the Transparent Overdrive is turned on. Usually, the Volume control is set to be a little louder than the bypassed signal, or loud enough to serve as a solo setting. There is lots of volume boost available, so you can get even low gain settings loud enough. With high gain settings, the Volume control adds another dimension of gain that will generate even more overdrive. Be careful-this guitar pedal goes way beyond eleven! The true bypass footswitch engages and disengages the pedal.
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I tried to like this pedal but as anoverdrive it really sucks. as a clean boost OH YEAH! it 's great the internal switches don't do much except the boost
I bought this to add some dirt to my blackheart little giant and figuring that most OD pedals are all built around the same tube scream circuit I looked for one matching the budget of this amp. My little giant now has some nice sounding grit. Its very controllable once you figure out which way to turn the knobs. (looking down on it with label facing you, they're backwards) I like the tone its not harsh and doesnt leave you with the sense that you just bit into a ball of tin foil. I can get the LaGrange sound easy. Works well with humbuckers and single coils. I really like it with my mean 90's. So why the 3 star rating right? I decided to plug it into my blackstar HT5 on the overdrive channel (OD + OD= Extra crunchy) well it gets unusably noisy. All this noise with volume and gain just beyond noon? Not in my signal path! I'm considering trading it in for the MXR distortion III but I'll probably keep it for the little giant. It is built pretty well but I think its more of a solid home use pedal.
I bought this originally to use as a boost for lead parts, but it makes my overall tone so much better I leave it on all the time. The first thing that I noticed is how harmonically rich it is and just made playing such much easier, but still very expressive. It says it's Transparent and it really is, you can still hear all the great qualities of your amp and guitar while this pedal tightens up and compliments the overall tone of both. Not to mention the bright blue LED is always great on a dark stage. For anyone of any genre, this is a great affordable overdrive that will last you(it's built like a brick) for years and will make any combination of guitar and amp sing.
The best thing about the CTO is that it doesn't color your tone at all. Using the notch positions on my strat I get all of the quack and tone that I have without the pedal, just over driven. The controls are simple and it was easy enough to find the sweet spot that I was looking for. It has more gain available then I choose to use but it's there if you need it. Running the CTO into a Danelectro Cool Cat Drive pedal opens up a whole new can of tone. I'd buy them both again if they were lost or stolen.
This OD pedal is a great tool that is easy to use. It has 4 simple controls - Drive, Volume, Bass and Treble. It is easy to get a great BOOST or DRIVE sound from this pedal.The name explains the tone of this pedal very well. It can provide a huge, fat boost of drive to your amp but doesn't add any dirt to speak of; VERY transparent.
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