Laney Black Country Customs Monolith Distortion Pedal


The Monolith Distortion pedal from Black Country Customs is a versatile distortion that offers diverse sounds from classic rock overdrive through to higher gain, heavier tones.


The Monolith contains a range of tonesthat'll suit a wide range of genres. The Monolith does a great job at providing warmer, softer overdrive sounds, but really shines when you turn up the gain. Whether you need a thick, powerful distortion or a biting tone that really cuts through the Monolith will handle it. Regardless of style, the Monolith retains its dynamic response and definition so you can be more expressive at high gain levels.


With four control knobs and a 3-way mode switch, the Monolith gives you a great level of control over your distorted sound. With the tone control, you can take your sound from warm and smooth to a brighter, more biting tone. The range control allows you to reduce the amount of low-end before distortion which is ideal if you have a thicker tone and want it to be more defined and articulate. With the volume control, you can adjust how hard you're pushing the amp and the distortion control can alter the amount of sustain and, of course, distortion.

The 3-way mode switch can quickly and easily alter the dynamics of your sound. The "D1" mode is a heavily compressed distortion which is great for a more biting, articulate tone. "D2" is a soft compression distortion for looser, thicker tone, and the "OD" mode is a soft, open sounding overdrive for pushing the front end of your amplifier.

About Black Country Customs Pedals

Black Country Customs is a range of pedals created by Laney Amplification. A big name in the amp world, Laney have been a British company since its founding in 1967. Laney are furthering this British tradition with their Black Country Customs pedals which are all handcrafted right here in the UK.

Each pedal is the result of hours of dedicated testing and listening and are constructed with high-quality components. Built to last, the Black Country Customs pedals are designed to provide you with high-quality sounds for a long time.

NAMM 2019 | Monolith Distortion Pedal Demo | Black Country Customs | Laney Amps

Here's What Laney say About the Black Country Customs Monolith Distortion Pedal

Designed to give the player a total command and control over a spectrum of different gains and harmonic distortions from Classic fat rock tones to jangly indie lines, and everything in between.

The MONOLITH delivers expressive gain even at low levels.

With a very pleasing dynamic response to pick attack the harder you dig, the more expressive it gets.  Even at high gain level,when you hit it hard you can still hear every note of big chords as well as the nuances of intricate lead lines.


  • Transparent fully buffered operation at all times.
  • Analogue throughout, no latency.
  • Super high output drive provides excellent interface between guitar and effects pedals/amp.
  • Much reduced cable loss.
  • Consistent guitar volume control operation at all settings.
  • Signal phase integrity.
  • Excellent consistent load for passive Volume pedals.
  • Ultra-low noise circuitry.
  • Tri-coloured LED showing mode of operation.
  • Silent switching.
  • Low battery consumption.

Mode switch:

D1 - Orange: heavily compressed distortion. Good smooth OD1 type sound but without loss of definition. For players who like a more compressed sound

D2 - Blue: soft compressed distortion. A more expressive distortion with adaptive even harmonics at lower guitar levels. Allows more “dig” and expression into notes and less hard compression.

O/D - Purple: overdrive distortion. Good for boosting your sound level or pushing the front end of tube amps. Louder more open sounding. Very little compression in this mode so your amplifier or following effects will do most of this colouration for you.

Distortion Control:

Adjusts the amount of sustain and distortion available.

Volume Control:

Adjusts the output level to balance sounds or push an amplifier harder.

Range Control:

Adjusts the low-end content before distortion.Cleans up muddy sounding pickups and high gain settings.

0 = Full range, 10 = most low-end reduction.

Tone control:

Adjusts the output treble response.

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