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Great Eastern FX Co. Small Speaker Overdrive Pedal

A dynamic, low-gain overdrive inspired by classic "small-amp-in-the-studio" tones!



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    Product Description

    Bored of conventional overdrive pedals and want something different? Well, the Small Speaker Overdrive (SSO) from Great Eastern FX Co. might tickle your fancy! This low-gain stompbox is designed to emulate traditional "small-amp-in-the-studio" tones — essentially making your big amp sound tiny!

    But why would you want to shrink your guitar tone? Well, some of the most iconic guitar sounds of all time were recorded using surprisingly small, low-wattage amps — like the famous tweed "Champ". These types of amplifiers may not be ideal for live applications but, in the studio, they're absolute dynamite and have been adored by recording engineers for decades! Mic'd up, a compact amp just has that tight mid-range "bark" and break-up which really cuts through in a mix and, actually, sounds anything but small.

    The SSO is not an "amp-in-a-box" simulator of one particular amplifier per se, but its unique and discrete transistor circuit harnesses some of the most coveted characteristics synonymous with small-speaker, vintage valve combos. It's super-punchy, focused, and allows all of your expressive playing dynamics to gloriously shine through!

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    Flexible Controls

    The Great Eastern FX Co. Small Speaker Overdrive comes equipped with four controls that give you plenty to play with:

    • GAIN: Takes the pedal from almost clean, through edge-of-breakup tones to saturated overdrive. The SSO is very sensitive to playing dynamics and volume knob adjustments. With GAIN set low, the SSO can be used as a boost, preamp and tone-shaper. Driven hard, it mimics the mid-range "honk" of a simple Class-A amp circuit driving a small speaker. If you wish, you can use the GAIN control to set the maximum amount of overdrive then explore a range of clean and dirty textures directly from your guitar's volume knob.
    • LOW: Lets you add more bass and body to the tone, or rein in that low-end for classic, characterful small amp sounds. From a starting point around 9 o'clock, there's plenty of scope to boost lows if required.
    • HIGH: Provides precise control over presence and bite. Starting from 12 o'clock, turn the control clockwise to boost highs. Conversely, rolling off the high-end lets you emphasise the mid-range; great for smooth, singing slide tones.
    • LEVEL: Sets the output of the pedal. Simple!


    "The Small Speaker Overdrive does something special — sometimes it’s the difference between ‘nearly there’ and ‘just right’ in a recorded guitar sound." — Dave Lockwood, Sound On Sound

    "This is the tweed channel our Fender Princeton never knew it had, and single-note runs on a Les Paul are as sweet and stretchy as sonic bubblegum." — Richard Purvis, Guitar.com


    • Size: 125 x 66 x 55 mm (4.9 x 2.6 x 2.2 inches)
    • Weight: 320g (0.7lb)
    • Current Draw: <10mA
    • Power Requirements: 9V DC mains adaptor only (not included)
    • Top-Mounted Jacks: Saves precious pedalboard real-estate!
    • Made in Cambridge, England, UK.
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    Mr Mark Snipp21st Jun 2022

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

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