Deltalab RD1 Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The RD1 Rock Distortion Pedal from DeltaLab creates an edgy distortion effect reminiscent of the hard-rock tones of the '70s and '80s. The RD1 guitar pedal also enables you to overdrive your favorite ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The RD1 Rock Distortion Pedal from DeltaLab creates an edgy distortion effect reminiscent of the hard-rock tones of the '70s and '80s. The RD1 guitar pedal also enables you to overdrive your favorite tube or solid state amp, creating harmonically rich and sustaining tones.

Features
  • Controls: Gain, Tone, Level, True Bypass Switch
  • Custom-designed circuits and sturdy metal case design
  • True bypass switching
  • Easy-to-use Gain, Tone, and Level controls
  • All-analog tone
  • Red LED indicator
  • Rubberized knobs
  • Powered by either a 9-volt battery or an AC adapter (not included)
  • 3-Year DeltaLab Warranty
Specifications
  • Input Impedance: 500 kOhm
    Output Load Impedance: >10 kOhm
    Equivalent Input Noise: -110dBm
    Power Supply: 1 9-volt Battery or external 9VDC adapter (not included)
    Power Consumption: 11mA
    Dimensions: 2-1/2" W x 1-19/50 H x 4-3/4" D
    Weight: 1.2 lb.
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4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Real value for the money here

I picked this pedal up a few months ago not thinking too much about it, I was just going to throw it in the collection. I thought it looked kinda cool and had the...Read complete review

I picked this pedal up a few months ago not thinking too much about it, I was just going to throw it in the collection. I thought it looked kinda cool and had the cash on me at the time. What I did not know was that all these months later the RD1 would still be on my pedalboard. The bottom line is .. it just sounds too good not to have it there. It sits along side an Xotic BB, Fulltone OCD (version 1) a Barber LTD Silver, Frantone Peachfuzz, Digitec HardWire tube drive, DeltaLab TO1, MXR Fullbore and Danelectro CoolCat CO1. I have lots of other (nice)distortions and overdrives that I switch in and out when I need them. It may seem a bit excessive but I do tone stacking often using 2,3 or even 4 drive pedals to get a particular sound (for recording.) Everything about the DeltaLab pedals impress me and because I liked the RD1 so much I went ahead and purchased the green overdrive unit too..(another killer pedal!) I love them both. The RD1 is more gainy and has a bit more bass and (hair) to the tone, a bit more compressed too. It has more of a Marshall type of thing going on. I play through an EL84 based tube amp and play a hot rodded strat with EMG SA pickups. This pedal has better features than a lot of my more pricy pedals. True bypass, nice rubber bottom pad, cool pyramid LED and the power in is up on the top of the pedal out of the way of the guitars input and output. The pedal has some weight to it also so it does not feel cheap in any way. The battery access is way better than most of my other pedals. The pedal is quiet although I generally do not run the gain past half way. It also interacts very well with all the other pedals I own and not surprisingly it stacks real well with its green colored brother! I feel right now at this particular time as messed up as the ecomomy is it is a great time for pedals. True bybass is becoming the standard and I am getting way better tones out of more reasonably priced products lately, I think the build quality is better too. What we are buying today just may be the desired classics of the future. The RD1 sounds great looks good and has a nice feature set (the tone knob is actually voiced correctly and does somthing!) I have 40 years of guitar playing backing me up on this one! The RD1 and TO1 kicked a Fulltone GT500 off my board pedalboard and I havn't looked back yet!

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Sounds good

Ordered this pedal on a whim and went straight to set up at a gig, plugged it in and soundchecked. This little guy has some nice distortion. Simple controls, kept the tone at...Read complete review

Ordered this pedal on a whim and went straight to set up at a gig, plugged it in and soundchecked. This little guy has some nice distortion. Simple controls, kept the tone at around 10'o clock, past that its gets abit harsh and BRIGHT to the ears. The one thing i dont like about it is the volume. I use an mxr doubleshot as my main tone and i have the volume at 12'o clock, i had to lower it back to about 10'o clock to match volumes. I have the Delta cranked all the way up. I thought it was defective. I guess it isn't a big deal but if thats something that bothers you then i would disregard the pedal. Sounds pretty nice though. Also it's not a high gain pedal. I have slight compression before hitting this pedal, just for some smooth soloing. Try it out.

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3.0

Sounds good

By Arthur

from Laredo, Texas

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Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Volume Issue

Best Uses

    Ordered this pedal on a whim and went straight to set up at a gig, plugged it in and soundchecked. This little guy has some nice distortion. Simple controls, kept the tone at around 10'o clock, past that its gets abit harsh and BRIGHT to the ears. The one thing i dont like about it is the volume. I use an mxr doubleshot as my main tone and i have the volume at 12'o clock, i had to lower it back to about 10'o clock to match volumes. I have the Delta cranked all the way up. I thought it was defective. I guess it isn't a big deal but if thats something that bothers you then i would disregard the pedal. Sounds pretty nice though. Also it's not a high gain pedal. I have slight compression before hitting this pedal, just for some smooth soloing. Try it out.

     
    5.0

    DeltaLab Rock Distortion

    By that guy

    from Chicago, Il

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Awesomely bright red led
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive tone
    • True bypass
    • Wide range of tones

    Cons

    • NONE YET

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Jamming
    • Recording

    I bought this pedal because the distortion on my Peavey Vypyr 15 could be described as absolute junk. I am looking to upgrade to a tube combo, so this will carry over nicely. I can get some great classic rock distortion out of this pedal, and it can be turned up to a metal distortion with a little help from the amp. On the low end, it's great for blues and funk. The tone is great and it can be shaped very easily with the gain, tone, and level knobs. The true bypass is also a very important feature. I personally think that this pedal is more responsive then the popular Boss DS-1, but thats just my opinion. The best thing you can do is try it out, and you can always return it.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    dud

    By Anthony Fowler

    from DC

    Well, I was eager to put this pedal to the test, but was instantly disappointed when I took it out of the box and none of the knobs were attached or anywhere to be found. I figured Id still give it a try to see how it sounded, but nope, it was a complete dud. The good news is the bypass works great, but for whatever reason the sucker wouldnt even turn on so I couldnt test out the distortion. Swapped the batteries out with the tremolo pedal I got (worked just fine). Still no luck.

    MF is making me ship it back to them before they can send me a new one, so I will be playing the waiting game. No discount for the inconvenience, no nothing. Its a shame, the pedal looks and feels really solid... somebody messed up at quality control (if the unit was even checked at all which I doubt).

    For all I know this thing could very well be a steal for the price, but not if the knobs are missing and the unit wont even turn on.
    Well, its got gain, tone, and level knobs (although my actual knobs were missing...) and true bypass.

    The only feature I can evaluate is the true bypass, which did exactly what it was supposed to do to the sound (absolutely nothing).
    The build felt great. Its nice and heavy metal casing and the switch felt good too. True bypass worked. Felt heavier and more solid the the tremolo pedal I got, but at least that box worked. My unit was DOA though and the knobs were missing... so unfortunately I cant really give it props for quality yet.
    Not worth the $$$ if it doesnt even work. Once I get a replacement I will try it out, but for now Ill spend some time playing with the tremolo pedal I got.

     
    5.0

    Awesome pedal!!

    By Jacob Desormo

    from Watertown Ny

    I cannot say enough about this pedal, I always have used a Keeley ASE DS1, but I figured this was a cheap pedal and I am always looking for new toys... The day after I got this pedal I gave away my DS1, this pedal has such a smooth tone, and with the true bypass, you can't go wrong. The only thing I would keep in mind when buying this pedal is it is not a very high gain pedal, if you are looking for some harder distortion I would recommend throwing an OD pedal in front of this, or looking into somthing different. Overall, just a sweet sounding, rich, affordable pedal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT no-nonsense distortion.

    By AndrewStrat

    from Kansas City/Nashville

    Fantastic. There's not much else I can say that I haven't already. This pedal rocks! I can't wait to take this back to Nashville with me and use it in the rock/jazz/funk band I play in. We play everything from Zeppelin to Heart to Pat Metheny, Chic Corea, Miles Davis, the police; everything. And I could find a use for this in most any of those. This pedal is a winner. Buy it! It doesn't sound thin or wispy, it's just great.
    It's so simple, but so effective. The gain knob is really smooth, and goes from a little crunch to a great distortion- although it could stand to have a BIT more distortion on tap. I was using a strat when I tried it first and I was thinking that it needs more distortion available, but then I realized I was using low output single coils. With humbuckers this thing could get positively raunchy.

    The tone knob is great until about-say- 3:00, after that it gets pretty harsh to the ears. Then again, it could be usable past that if you had a really muddy amp, like a behringer or something. (Don't buy behringer amps. Haha.) It could potentially clear up the tone quite a bit.
    Level knob- what else can I say? Does what it's supposed to. The one thing about the level knob is you can't have it anywhere below 12:00 (and probably higher than that) because it's not too high output. When it's maxed it boosts comfortably, but won't blow you away with sound, which I kinda like. I hate stomping on a pedal at a gig only to immediately disengage it and turn the level way down because it completely launched me over the top.
    It's solid! It feels about as sturdy as my EH lpb-1, and everything seems super tight. The button feels really smooth; will be a joy to stomp on. And for the price this thing dominates. I don't know why everyone is getting all up-in-arms about all these companies being bought out by (guitar center I think?) and then putting out cheap pedals. These things ARE good quality. I can't speak for their overall quality control, but if mine is anything like the norm then these things are a diamond in the rough.
    Wow! for the price this is a great buy. It doesn't sound wimpy like other distortions in the range. It still can't compete with a pushed marshall tube amp, but DUH. Haha.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Punk and Rock!

    By Jake

    from Chicago, Illinois

    I've been playing for a little under a year now, and i picked this pedal up because it looked like it could take a beating, and it defiantly can! I've dropped it down the stairs, side walk, its been dropped in a puddle halfwawy up its body, and even feel out of the car, but it still holds up! It has perfect control, you can set your gain perfectly for Green Day's "Brain Stew" or anything off of "American Idiot" It can match Ozzy Ozbourne's "Crazy Train", and even a slight little distortion for "East Jesus Nowhere" I use it with my Stagg 40 Watt amp, and an Epiphone Les Paul Deluxe. I highly recommend it!

     
    5.0

    I am sold on Delta Lab

    By colonel86

    from Ky

    I have the Rock Dist, Tube Overdrive, Flanger, Phaser, and will be picking up the rest of the line as well to take on tour and for use in the studio.
    Simple controls, great tone, sounds much better than some of the high end and boutique pedals I have used over the uears
    They can take a beating and keep performing.
    why would you want to spend anymore for a pedal that already has it all.

     
    5.0

    superb

    By stratman222-9lorB

    from VA/DC

    I love this distortion box! I own about a billion OD, dist, fuzz pedals and this one hangs with the best, has its uses, and sounds great if 'Distortion' is what you want. It's nice and chunky yet bright but not harsh. I guess you have to hear it. Love the silly matter of fact name, too. Used it as the main distortion on an EP for a great band I recorded. I'm a deltalab fan, also own and enjoy the chorus and delay.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great, no-nonsense rock distortion

    By MrMikers

    from Phoenix

    I've been through so many distortions over the years,in all price ranges,and what a pleasure it was to plug this simple, inexpensive box in and have the exact sound I was looking for! Don't listen to anyone who says this sounds like a Boss DS-1. It's warmer and much less buzzy than the DS-1. This pedal is just perfect for that classic Marshall style distortion of the 70's and 80's. The tone control pretty much just effects the high end, leaving your bass and mids alone. This pedal just gives a perfect crunch for rhythm and really sings and sustains on leads. Highly recommended!

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Simpleman-hwnx3

    from Zephyrhills, Fl

    OK I have been playing on and off for 32 years and have used a few distortion pedals in my day. I own a few distortion pedals Including the DS-1 and the Hot Head and for classic rock this one is my choice hands down. like it because it does not sound tinny. My only complaint is when the gain and Level are turned way up, it starts to sound muddy. Just set the level at 12 o clock and the gain and 3 o clock and you are good to go. I ran this pedal with an old Tube Works Blue Tube and a compressor on the clean channel of my Fender amp (Ultimate Chorus) and wow what a sound !

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