There are many TS-style pedals on the market taking inspiration from the classic Japanese overdrive pedal. The Tone Secret from Vertex Effects does as well but aims to capture the sound of a TS-style overdrive hitting a mid-scooped American amp rather than simply replicating the pedal itself.
A TS-style overdrive into an American amp with a slight mid-scoop is one of the definitive sounds of Blues and Rock n' Roll and the Tone Secret gives you some of that sound without the need to run it into a specific kind of amp. The Tone Secret features pre-overdrive and post-overdrive controls so you can shape your drive sound to match your amp. In addition to the Treble and Mid controls you also have a "Grit" control allows you to adjust the balance between the natural break-up produced by the amp and the overdrive coming from the Tone Secret.
Here's What Vertex Say About the Tone Secret
The Tone Secret (TS) is the answer to the love/hate relationship countless guitarists have with a particular screaming green overdrive pedal that originated in late 1970’s Japan. The Tone Secret recreates the sonic DNA of the most iconic users of the green screamer heard on countless studio recordings and live performances without the need for a cranked mid-scooped amplifier to run the pedal into. The TS only utilizes 50% of the gain found in a traditional green OD pedal; however, the added pre-overdrive and post overdrive controls allow you to tweak the OD characteristics to match any amplifier and simulate amp break-up without dime-ing the “DRIVE” knob on your pedal. Additionally, we’ve added individual controls for treble and mid-range frequencies, along with our “GRIT” control to dial in the ratio of your amp’s natural break-up in tandem with the overdrive produced by the Tone Secret. If you’re looking for a screaming OD pedal that nails the classic and contemporary sounds heard on your favorite records, look no further than the Tone Secret.
The Features Include:
- DNA of a classic "Screamer" hitting a "Blackface" 12AX7 preamp
- Über versatile drive voicing with Pre-Vol, Grit, & Master Vol controls
- True Bypass
- Designed in California
- 9VDC center-negative power operation (adapter not included)