If you're looking for an open-sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant midrange, the V2 Open Road guitar pedal from Visual Sound is perfect for you. Finally, here's an overdrive pedal that deli... Read More
If you're looking for an open-sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant midrange, the V2 Open Road guitar pedal from Visual Sound is perfect for you. Finally, here's an overdrive pedal that delivers grind and girth. The Open Road has clear low end, sparkling highs, and none of the midrange hump found in most other boxes. Play a 6-string chord and all the notes ring through. Play a single note line and it sizzles, punch a power chord and it grinds.
The Open Road effects pedal features a very interactive tone circuit, effecting not only high-end roll-off, but gain structure as well. At any setting, at any volume, the V2 Open Road produces organic amp-like tones that might cause you to leave it on all the time.
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This may well be the bed overdrive I've ever used. Unlike a tubescreamer, the is no midrange hump on the eq. The Open Road is very transparent and amplike. I use this through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue which can be finicky towards overdrive pedals due to the bright cap. That's not an issue with the Open Road. Bass is solid, treble swimmers. This pedal also plays well with others and is also great as a boost for other overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. It's built like a tank and outperforms a lot of higher priced boutique pedals. This pedal actually has me thinking about moving along my 808 based overdrive, it's that good! Probably not so great for metal unless you stack it with a distortion or use it to push the preamp in your tube amp. Also comes with a lifetime warranty from Visual Sound and their customer service is excellent!
This pedal is insane. It's so nice it has an awesome bass side and a clear trebly side. It is perfect for christian music and is a perfect drive with out sounding like mush. It's an awesome pedal will definitely be keeping this on. Now to get a jekyll and hyde. Visual soundcrocks.
I have been playing on and off for well over 20 years and the whole time I have searched mostly in vain for the "perfect" overdrive effect. I think this pedal has ended my search. One of the reasons I just couldn't quite seem to find what I was looking for was because every overdrive gizmo I've ever owned falls short in one aspect that is very important to me - how it articulates chords. I'm not talking about two or three string power chords. It's the full barre chord that (for me) always seem to get swallowed up by the effect, to the point where mid-to-high tonality gets all muddled together. Not with this pedal! With the Open Road, all six strings seem to retain their input frequency characteristics, yet when the overdrive is mixed in the end result is awesome. No more mud! To top it all off, power chords and solos are not short-changed. There is plenty of crunchy, silky sustain to spare. Another feature I was pleasantly surprised with is that the drive, tone and volume controls are extremely responsive. Small increments in drive and/or tone yield noticeable results. An additional bonus is that this effect is single-coil friendly. I've found that many are not. I have a custom-made '53 Tele clone, and she just SCREAMS through this box. In summary, this may be the best effect purchase I've ever made and trust me, I've made many! Ya gotta give this baby a try!
this pedal is a dream come true for me. i wanted an overdrive that would give me more sustain and volume without a really rough distorted sound. perfect for blues, country and old southern rock. love this pedal.
I'm surprised no one has written a review on this pedal yet. It is an excellent pedal, and is one of the best I have ever used. I found out about it through GuitarWorld, and after a long search, was finally able to order it through Guitar Center after a long and tiresome search(most stores dont have it in stock, you have to mail order, but they will let you return it if you dont like it so its all good) Most Overdrive pedals simply crank the midrange, and in the end, simply add distortion, doing nothing to boost your amp. I'm happy to say this one is VERY different. I play through an Epiphone Valve Standard 15 watt tube combo amp (it has almost no distortion whatsoever) with a Epiphone G-400 Les Paul Custom, and with this pedal, its a setup I could only dream of. As the rythm guitar, I needed a fat, powerful, and rich overdrive, especially since the lead player cranks his mids and has a rather thin tone. This pedal turned my 15 watt combo into a monster, and I can now push the amp so hard that it rattles and shakes with every chord (aka it sounds just like it should with overdrive, just on the verge of blowing up) This Pedal gives you powerful, thick bass, and cutting highs, as well as sustain and a rediculous amount of boost (crank its level all the way up and you can sometimes double your volume) This pedal will do great with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath era metal, Southern Rock, and just about anything else except heavy metal. It really excels at blues based rock, but will perform strongly in anything else (I've used it in metal, and while it wont get super heavy distortion, it will give you a great chuggin tone, so dont be afraid to try it) It can even be a clean boost if you set it up right, although if you're looking for that you should check out the True Boost made by this company. Dont pass up a chance to play this pedal. It is easily worth the price, and will handle almost anything you can throw at it.