DeltaLab RD1 Rock Distortion

June 15, 2011
<p><img style="width: 450px; height: 666px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;" src="/Portals/0/gpr0611_gear__6108_nr.jpg" alt="img" />The redheaded stepchild of the bunch is the RD1 Rock Distortion ($79 retail/$39 street). Residing in a sonic purgatory between the MD1 Metal Distortion and TO1 Tube Overdrive, the RD1&rsquo;s sound is reminiscent of a Marshall JCM 800, albeit without the tube dynamics and personality. The MD1&rsquo;s low-to-medium-gain tones sound good, but the more you lean on the Gain knob, the more biting the distortion gets&mdash;which may or may not be a good thing, depending on what you&rsquo;re after. The first half of the Tone control&rsquo;s range really thickens up single-coils, which I found very useful with my Strat, and beyond the two o&rsquo;clock setting it adds a nice bite to humbuckers. The only bummer about the RD1 was that I had to crank the Level control to more than two-thirds to match unity gain, which doesn&rsquo;t leave much volume headroom for boosting solos.</p> <p><strong>KUDOS </strong>Good amp-style distortion.<br /> <strong>CONCERNS </strong>Anemic output.<br /> <strong>CONTACT </strong><a href="http://www.deltalabeffects.com/" target="_blank">deltalabeffects.com</a></p> <p > <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> More from this Roundup:</p> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/Five-DeltaLab-Stompboxes/Jun-2011/4289" target="_blank">Five DeltaLab Stompboxes</a><br /> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/DD1-Digital-Delay/Jun-2011/4290" target="_blank">DD1 Digital Delay</a><br /> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/MD1-Metal-Distortion/Jun-2011/4292" target="_blank">MD1 Metal Distortion</a><br /> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/SC1-Stereo-Chorus/Jun-2011/4293" target="_blank">SC1 Stereo Chorus</a><br /> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/TO1-Tube-Overdrive/Jun-2011/4294" target="_blank">TO1 Tube Overdrive</a>
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