Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The GT-500 Effects Pedal from Fulltone is a discrete FET Hi-Gain Distortion and Overdrive Booster in one box. You could think of them as 2 separate pedals, or think of them as stages to be linked toge... Click To Read More About This Product

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The GT-500 Effects Pedal from Fulltone is a discrete FET Hi-Gain Distortion and Overdrive Booster in one box. You could think of them as 2 separate pedals, or think of them as stages to be linked together for endless combinations. The Hi-Gain side has Volume, Distortion knobs, Bass, Mid, and Highs minipots. Its Booster Side has Volume, Overdrive knobs, Bass and Highs minipots.

Hard-clipped distortion-the way most guitar pedals achieve distortion-at one point in a circuit can be cool, but stage after stage of FET (GT-500) is very real, very amplike, and has ridiculous amounts of sustain even at low volume. It does the great chunky low-string rhythm stuff and cleans up incredibly well when you turn down the guitar's volume. The Fulltone GT500 contains 9 FETs, 2 Mosfets, and 1 Transistor with no opamps or clipping diodes used.

What's special about the EQ? The Hi-Gain side has a discrete Inductor-Driven Midrange circuit-never been done in a pedal before. There's a wah-wah inductor inside the pedal that gives the Midrange control its ability to drastically increase or decrease the entire Low Mid, Mid, and Hi-Mid frequencies, to comical proportions. All this is done without any opamps-this has 100% discrete matched FETs.

This Mid control mixed with a strong Bass and Treble control help give the Fulltone GT-500 the ability to dial in more variations than a simple tone control, which can only roll off the Highs.

The Series Select Switch allows you to choose which pedal comes first (allowing you to instantly change the order of the 2 circuits). For example: A clean boost slamming into the front end a Distortion sounds way different than a Distortion followed by the clean boost, and when the EQs of the respective sides come into play, it's a wide-open canvas. Regardless of which side of the effects pedal is designated as first in line, you can still use each side by itself, completely independent of the other side.


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Features
  • Maximum Current Draw: 14 milliamps (all knobs cranked)
  • Weight: 2 lb.
  • Size: 5-3/4" W x 2-1/2" H x 3-7/8 D
  • Distortion side
  • Input impedance: 150K
  • Output impedance: 15K
  • Booster/OD side
  • Input impedance: 500K
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FulltoneGT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most used on my Pedalboard

This thing is awesome, I love it, I wouldn't dare think of selling it. I love the option it has of using 9v or 18v, with the 18v it gives more much power...Read complete review

This thing is awesome, I love it, I wouldn't dare think of selling it. I love the option it has of using 9v or 18v, with the 18v it gives more much power and better sound. It is like having a great distortion pedal, and a Fulltone OCD in one pedal, and whats even better is that you can get a clean boost out of it. I play through an orange amp and I use a Fender HSS Strat and it sound is great. I would tell anybody to get this pedal. From the jazz player to the rocker.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

GT-500

To me the Features are above normal in quality and the quality of the Fulltone hand made propaganda does bear some decent truths but the unit overall does not have enough juice with my...Read complete review

To me the Features are above normal in quality and the quality of the Fulltone hand made propaganda does bear some decent truths but the unit overall does not have enough juice with my system. You think it would with the uf500 coil for tone on one side and the overdrive built in on the other side but it just sounds too mushy to me. I was also concerned too because the GT-500's paper work stated that if you run it on 18Volts that it may cause an overload within some amps instrument inputs. This I didn't want to play with. I am running two 5150 III heads and I placed this GT-500(powered by 9volts) in the front of both amps with a Morley signal splitter with the amps on the first channel with the gain up about 3/4. Ummmm it's ok..I liked it but after trying the Vox Saturator under the same circumstances I was floored. The Vox JS Saturator worked much better for me. I think for the person who is focused on the single coil strat mode with a older lower gain amp might be better suited with this GT-500. The good thing is that Musician's Friend works with us for needs such as exchanging an item or simply returning an item within reason. I switched this one and I am pleased. Thanx Musician's Friend!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent addition

By Joe L.

from Long Island NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Clearly a distinctive sound difference between the two gain sections. Very versatile and a must for someone that uses different guitars that loves to vary gains. The pedal maintains tonal integrity in overdrive. Slight compression is noticed. In distortion, the "compression" becomes more distinct although not a tonal problem. Combined circuits or even separate used before a distorted amp can send you to distortion heaven. all circuits were tested for coloration at 12:O clock. Well worth the little over one hundred spent considering the Many varying applications available while maintaining tonal integrity that most ears don't even hear. I used you tube for demos. I will be adding this to my pedal board. My current favorite is the Digitech Screamin Blues, also from MF. Buy here, price is right, shipping is free, did my homework!

       
      5.0

      perfect distortion

      By groom lake

      from eugene, oregon

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I see no one has reviewed this at m123, so I will say it first. if you like warm, chunky distortion, get this pedal. it's true bypass, so it doesn't affect your tone when it's off, and the sound coming out of it is perfect. the higher gain side approaches my proco rat pedal in amount of gain, but does so with so much more warmth to the sound. the boost side also works as an overdrive, and also sounds warm and natural. you can use either side individually or both together. I've been playing my les paul through my hot rodded blues junior, and the sound i'm getting is PURE TERROR. seriously, if you can afford this pedal, and you don't want "metal" type distortion, just good, warm overdrive and CHUNK, then buy this thing.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best I have tried

        By Strat Man 75

        from Chippewa Falls WI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is the best overdrive/boost-distortion pedal I have tried. Believe me I have tried a lot. I have been playing for twenty years or so and have bought lots of overdrive, and distortion pedals. Barber, Sansamp, Ibanez, Proco, Electro Harmonix, to name a few. The build quality of these is as good as the handbuilt custom pedals I have bought, and is far better than any of the other production models. If you are looking for a boost pedal, overdrive pedal, or distortion pedal this will do them all well. I'm not sure where you can find anything better. I have not seen, or played it. The distortion is rock and roll, to heavy rock. Metal players probably would not dig this pedal. It does not deliver the super high gain required for that style. I have the older gray version of this pedal and I love it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You need this pedal

          By Joe Schmo

          from Chicago area

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • A Pedal You Keep Forever
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Build Quality
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Great Tone
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Having fun
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I've only had this box for about a month but I've already found it to be the most versatile overdrive/distortion box I've ever owned. I use this box along with a Vox Ice9 and Vox Satchurator. All of these drive into a Tech21 Sansamp GT2 to go direct to a sound system. This gives me a very wide range of amplifier tones at the click of a pedal or flip of a switch. The GT500 is placed after the other two distortions so that the overdrive side of the pedal can raise the volume on these two pedals for soloing, as well as the distortion side of the GT500, this works really well! The OD/Distortion placement switch is genius. The overdrive side can be used for a really nice clean boost, solo boost or a really hot overdrive. The tone controls for the OD side are very adjustable offering a wide range of tones. The Distortion side is the real story though. This thing absolutely screams!!! Incredible bite when you want it, smooth as silk, lots of harmonics, this is a very rich sounding distortion, very controllable, very touch sensitive. For example it is very easy to dial up the amp tone for the lead guitar on Boston's "Long Time" but that is not all it can do. The tone control on the distortion side is (yes, two great tone control sections on one box!) extremely versatile, the midrange control is incredible. The Fulltone webpage has some tracks done with this unit...give that a listen to see what I mean. This pedal rocks!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            By far, best distortion pedal in the market

            By Rafael Antolinez

            from Raleigh, NC

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I used my BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone for a while, supposedly loving it because i could change my tone so much since it had 2 equalizers. But man, after I tried the GT500 I realized that my MT-2 was nothing but a sad excuse for a distortion pedal. I also used my V2JH Jekyll and Hyde (which is basically a pedal that follows the same twin distortion & overdrive system per say) for a few months; same thing with the TS9 Ibanez Tube Screamer, which is famous for providing such a great overdrive. But wow, after I tried the Fulltone GT500 I knew it was the one. It offers you the possibility of having two different pedals in one and combine both to get an even more powerful sound. You can even choose the order in which you combine them (you either add distortion to you over drive, or drive your distortion even more). It can run either on 18v or 9v (I suggest 18v). On top of everything, the pedal just looks so classy and elegant. This is by far the best distortion pedal in the market.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FullTone GT-500

            By james ilish

            from Hampton Va.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • A great sounding pedal
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Needs a good quiet power

            Best Uses

            • A fire alarm
            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The OD/boost seems best for me,until i hit the distortion side !
            Thats a good crisp but smooth distortion with a good amount of gain that rocks !
            Distortion channel works with other OD pedals like my green rhino OD.
            A great EQ section really helps get your sound.
            I ran it into a Rebel 30 on the clean channel with a nova delay and hardwire reverb, the glass slide was a frieking great sound i will say that much for sure.
            I am impressed and pleased to have this preamp pedal in my board !
            For blues on OD is very good,but switch too slide and hit distortion the channel for some great slide tones to die for !
            Some cant try them out before buying,im one of those folks.
            Im one happy puppy !
            Try it on a clean tube amp,like a blues junior and you will discover for yourself.
            The Green Rhino OD is very tame compared with the Fulltone OD/boost channel,so if others thinks the GT-500 OD/boost isnt a strong OD,its relative too what your used too really.
            Push the OD/boost abit into a tube amp and the OD gets wicked as i ever want!
            The Distortion range is wide and goes past my needs at 2 o"clock .
            At 10 o"clock its similar to a JCM800 sound,it goes Stone temple pilots after 1-2 o'clock,it gets quite fierse after that.
            Its a open not highly compressed sound that lets you highs work well without harshness , and very good sustain .
            I havent tried my keeley compressor with it yet.
            Comfortly Numb comes too mind easily !
            IMHO opinion i reccomend the Green Rhino also,a great transparent preamp for sure !

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gt-500 For the win!

            By Chris Santis

            from Chicago

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Any combo of distortion over drive you want plus equalizers can get some great tone out of it. it's lated me 3 years and counting of heavy use. and it really is just a great pedal one side can be used for the main distortion and the other side as a solo boost and not to mention this pedal is quite loud at just 9 volts at 18 its just a sonic destoyer.
            overdrive and distorion and switch that determines the order not to mention the beautiful Equalizers that lets you get almost any tone you could want with enough tinkering.
            3 years of stompin on it and still going strong
            Kinda pricey but i you think about its two pedals in one go so its actully quite the steal! And it's worth ever penny

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome pedal!

            By Charie Gross

            from olmsted falls oh

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            the first one i bought had a problem so i took it back, but Ive had this pedal for a year now and I use the hell out of it. This sound beats anything you put against it. Crisp, pure, solid tone. you can adjust all of the highs and lows to make it sound just the way you want. Booster works great, distortion sounds better with it turned down pretty far.. especially when youre loud. but yeah, great quality pedal, nothing wrong with it a year later.

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            i like it

            By timothy weiss

            from san francisco ca.

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            this pedal is awsome for me it does everything I want and gives me great lead solos over the rest of the band.....

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing tones!

            By Tayler

            from vancouver/ washington

            Comments about Fulltone GT-500 FET Distortion + Booster and Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Just bought this pedal a few days ago and love it.Gets really nice sounding distortion and amazing clean tones! Would highly recommend this pedal to anyone.

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