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Tone City Lil Heat Greg Koch Overdrive Pedal

Searing Gain Tones for the "Gristle King!"


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    Product Description

    Collaboratively designed with zany blues rocker Greg Koch, the Tone City Lil Heat is a dynamic mini overdrive pedal that adds luscious low-to-medium gainy grit to your guitar signal. Based on Tone City's popular Sweet Cream stompbox, the Lil Heat's circuitry is tweaked to meet the tonal demands of the "Gristle King" - more gain, and more low-end!

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    Here's what Greg had to say after testing a bunch of Tone City pedals:

    “I was meaning to drop you a line because I finally got a chance to go through all the Tone City pedals last week. You were right, they all sound pretty damn good! The one that most tripped my trigger was the Sweet Cream pedal. The tweaks I had in mind are very scientific.... I need an ass hair more gain and an ass hair more low end.”

    Stunning "Edge-of-Breakup" Tones

    Tone City produces multiple dirt pedals, from high-gain firebreathers to mild overdrives. The Lil Heat sits somewhere in the middle, with more gain on tap than the standard Sweet Cream pedal it's based on. Able to pump out amp-like "edge-of-breakup" tones, the Lil Heat reacts beautifully to your playing nuances and lends itself well to intricate licks - perfectly complimenting Greg's unique hybrid finger-picking style!

    The Lil Heat works great into practically any amplifier. Able to spice up a clean channel or push a driven amp into sweet saturation, the Lil Heat also stacks well with other gain pedals - meaning that you can attain huge, harmonically-rich distorted tones.

    Simple Control Set

    Part of the appeal of Tone City's pedals is their bone-head simplicity. With just three dials, the Lil Heat allows you to easily adjust its gain ('Heat') and volume levels, with a single 'Tone' EQ dial giving you precise control over the highs.

    Small & Portable Design

    Almost all Tone City pedals are built in mini enclosures, which helps to save precious real-estate on your pedalboard. But don't worry, you don't lose any sound quality with micro-sized stompboxes! Tone City uses high-quality components to construct its pedals, and with true bypass switching - your signal will remain as clean and pure as possible when the pedal is disengaged.


    • Technology: Analogue
    • Input Impedance: 500k
    • Output Impedance: 10k
    • Mono / Stereo: Mono In, Mono Out
    • Controls: Volume, Tone, Heat
    • Bypass Mode: True Bypass
    • Power supply: 9V DC, Centre Negative
    • Power Consumption: 6 mA
    • Housing Size: Mini
    • Dimensions WxHxD (cm): 4.2 x 5.2 x 9.3
    • Country of Origin: Made in China
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    Customer Reviews


    91 reviews





    Trusted Customer4th Aug 2022

    Great sounds very versatile

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer30th Jul 2022

    You get a lot of pedal for price, honestly one of my best sounding drive pedals and I have a lot. Just get one.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Sebastian25th Jul 2022

    Thicc as frick! Could be a touch brighter, but for gain that has a nice amount of fur around the edges, this thing sounds killer.

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 4

    Trusted Customer23rd Jul 2022

    Mr Barry Branham18th Jul 2022

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 3Sound 5

    Mr Michael Cooper14th Jul 2022

    Fizzy, as are most Tone City o/d pedals and disappointing that it doesn't break up more gradually. Pedals which give just a little bit of clip on a clean amp are rare at a decent price. I want my Fender amps to be able to sound clean and sparkly but add a pedal to make them sound just a bit overdriven at the same volume level. Hi gain is easy from a pedal but a bit of edginess is more elusive.

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 3

    Mr Paul Assinder12th Jul 2022

    Value 5Looks 3Sound 4

    Trusted Customer1st Jul 2022

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

    Trusted Customer15th May 2022

    I'm completely blown away by the tone and value of this pedal for the price point! I own the Durple too, which is fantastic! Gonna buy more ToneCity pedals from Anderton’s in the near future.

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Trusted Customer27th Apr 2022

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 3

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