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Emissary Overdrive

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I've been designing this medium gain soft clipper on and off for about a year. Despite it being gold and horsey it's nothing like a Klon but is a medium gain blues machine that absolutely loves the neck pickup of a strat, Comp switch up, Size switch up, and dollops of warm reverb. Bliss. It'll get reasonably hairy, but I really didn't design it for that.

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The 3 top controls are pretty self-explanatory. The COMP switch on the right is how much compression/clipping you want. Up is asymmetrical and rounder and vintage sounding, bottom is symmetrical red LEDs, and middle is no clipping at all if you want a thicker sound.

The SIZE switch on the right has 3 options as well - Small, Medium, Large - and this switch controls how much low end is in the signal. I've had a lot of OD pedals that when used as boosts on a dirty-ish amp, they flub out and muddy up the sound. I wanted something to remedy that.

There's the added benefit here that, when using it as a standalone OD into a clean channel, you've got the options of a warm juicy tone for your bridge leads (when size is down) or low-gain fingerpicked passages, or you can remove off a lot of the mud and wool from a LP neck pickup (with the switch either up or middle). I gotta say this is an absolute blast to use as a boost into a dirty recto, adding a really aggressive snarl and cut that's quite addicting, but one of my tele playing blues friends spent about 45 minutes with the gain low, volume up, comp switch up, into a clean ish Fender Hot Rod and loved it.

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I've got 3 of these made up in different shades of gold ranging from dark and muted to quite snazzy and garish.

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Love it
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Any comment on how this might sit with:
P90s into bassman 6g6b or supro black magic
335 70s Gibson tarbacks into same
Jazzmaster with a Tele master bridge into the 6g6

Aim: first two scenarios smooth over drive lead noodling
Third scenario: dirty clean junky surf b52s

Gracias
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Looks slick, nice work! :)

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Great job.
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Wow, that is a great looking pedal. Gives Walrus Audio a run for their money.
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Hot.
Jops wrote: Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:46 am Spring is the comic sans of reverbs anyway.

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Looks awesome! Nice work Tez!

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I've been playing a bit of Elden Ring recently, so this gets me a lil moist.

Th row it to the streets... I measn forum to pass around and review :P

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NippleWrestler wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 2:23 pm it's nothing like a Klon but is a medium gain blues machine that absolutely loves the neck pickup of a strat
Sounds absolutely nothing like a Klon.
Jops wrote: Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:46 am Spring is the comic sans of reverbs anyway.

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robthemac wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 5:02 pm
NippleWrestler wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 2:23 pm it's nothing like a Klon but is a medium gain blues machine that absolutely loves the neck pickup of a strat
Sounds absolutely nothing like a Klon.
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Looks great!

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Re: Emissary Overdrive

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dayl wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 4:47 pm I've been playing a bit of Elden Ring recently, so this gets me a lil moist.

Th row it to the streets... I measn forum to pass around and review :P
Since I'm considering an artwork change (making the "overdrive" text bigger) I wouldn't be against sending it out, but on the other hand this is a product I sell so I don't want it getting fucked up either. But on my other other hand it's also a damn good pedal that people might like to play and exposure to the brand is not a bad thing, and if people wanted to make videos and/or talk about it that only helps MP in the long run.

I can send one out to someone if they can pass the parcel to another guy and then it gets back here when everyone's had their fun.

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