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Snake Oil Fine Instruments Marvellous Engine Guitar Distortion Pedal

Brit valve-style distortion from the minds of Chapman Guitars!




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    Product Description

    Snake Oil Fine Instruments are purveyors of only the purest, homegrown tonal tweaking tools on the market. Fresh from the creative minds at Chapman Guitars, these rather luxurious bits of kit are made in the UK to the finest specifications. This particular specimen, The Marvellous Engine, is a distortion pedal that's both sophisticated and full of attitude, both charming and terrifying - in equal measure.

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    Simple Controls

    The Marvellous Engine is inspired by the old guard of British valve amps. Distinctly pronounced in the midrange with plenty of top-end bite, it has the capacity to tip into high-gain sounds when it calls for it. 

    Although it sounds great out of the box, a simple set of controls provide you with everthing you need to harness its power. Tweak the gain to adjust the level of 'push' - give your amp a kick or set those valves ablaze. The distortion control takes you from subtle '60s overdrive to modern plexi-style chunkiness, while the tone control allows you to shape your tone with an intuitive EQ range. Volume does exactly what you think it does.

    Pristine UK-built design

    Snake Oil pedals are designed and built in the UK. Built to withstand the toughest of gigging schedules, they also look the part. An embossed metal enclosure and design would look just as good in a trophy cabinet as it would on your battle-scarred pedalboard.

    Here's what Chapman & Snake Oil have to say:

    Snake Oil is proud to present the miraculous and majestic Marvellous Engine! This superb distortion pedal is the choice of the respected musician, offering a joyous richness of tone unparalleled by any other inferior brand.
    Inspired by classic, higher gain British amps, this stunning device is at home in front of the clean or driven amp of your choice. It may also be desirable to know that secretly stowed away in case you should require it, the "Voice" control gives access to get a second clipping stage.
    With Gain, Level, Tone and Voice at your disposal you will dramatically dominate the competition in just a few swift manipulations of your Marvellous Engine. Made in England to exacting specifications, you can rest assured that your Marvellous Engine from Snake Oil Fine Instruments will never let you down.


    • Analogue distortion pedal
    • Gain, Volume, Voice and Tone controls
    • Powered by 9V battery or 9V DC power supply (not included)
    • Dimensions 110mm (L) x 54mm (W) x 50mm (H)
    • Weight 350g
    • Made in the UK
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    Customer Reviews


    33 reviews





    Mr Michael Judge14th May 2022

    Trusted Customer30th Jan 2022

    Looks and sounds nice. Not as good as the Very Thing but another lovely pedal.

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

    Mr Troy McKissock25th Dec 2021

    Mike Petrasek21st Dec 2021

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer9th Sep 2021

    Value 4Looks 5Sound 4

    Mr David Cronin25th Aug 2021

    Was going to go for something a lot more expensive, then decided to economise. For the price paid it is a superb distortion.

    Value 5Looks 5Sound 4

    Trusted Customer25th Jul 2021

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Mikael Strand19th Jun 2021

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Trusted Customer19th Jun 2021

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 5Sound 4

    Naoya Takahashi28th May 2021

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