DeltaLab TO1 Tube Overdrive

June 15, 2011
<p><img style="width: 450px; height: 676px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;" src="/Portals/0/gpr0611_gear__6107_nr.jpg" alt="img" />The TO1 ($79 retail/$39 street) is a straightforward overdrive/ boost pedal that, with its green paint job, reminds me of the venerable Ibanez TS-808. Sporting Gain, Tone, and Level controls, the TO1 also has a nice degree of Tube Screamer dynamic sensitivity&mdash;dig in for some amp-slamming grind, or back off on your attack to clean things up. Low Gain control settings provide some of the cool nuances of a mildly overdriven tube amp, and the distortion comes on quickly as you increase the Gain. Past the 12 o&rsquo;clock position, the TO1 doesn&rsquo;t deliver much additional grit, but the harmonics are definitely accentuated and the tone becomes more complex with good note definition.</p> <p>The Tone control on this pedal has a little more range than a TS-808&rsquo;s. You probably don&rsquo;t want to do the old trick of putting it on zero (which many players do automatically with a &rsquo;Screamer), while turning it fully to the treble side can put some serious sizzle on the notes. With my guitars, I found that setting the Gain and Tone knobs to approximately three o&rsquo;clock created a balanced-sounding distortion tone that just ripped when pumped though a cranked tube amp.</p> <p><strong>KUDOS </strong>Nice array of low-to-medium overdrive tones. Great price.<br /> <strong>CONCERNS </strong>None.<br /> <strong>CONTACT </strong><a target="_blank" href=""></a></p> <p > <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> More from this Roundup:</p> <a href="" target="_blank">Five DeltaLab Stompboxes</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">DD1 Digital Delay</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">RD1 Rock Distortion</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">MD1 Metal Distortion</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">SC1 Stereo Chorus</a>
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