WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE BASS
ampliﬁcation ﬁeld, Italy’s Markbass started
the DV Mark brand to explore guitar-oriented products, such as amps (which we
reviewed in the November 2011 issue),
and a line of pedals that includes the
Guitar Tube Marker overdrive tested here
If you are thinking, “Not another over-
drive,” a cursory glance at the Tube Marker’s
typical Drive, Level, and Tone controls
won’t change your mind—but plugging
in might. I tested the pedal with a hum-
bucker-equipped Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster and a 1965 Fender Stratocaster with
hum-canceling single-coils, which I ran into
an Egnater Rebel 30 and an Orange Tiny
Terror. In all combinations the Tube Marker
evidenced a remarkably amp-like sound and
feel. With the Drive at nine o’clock or below
and the guitar volume full up, the pedal
easily handled that elusive, edge-of-breakup
sound that’s so cool for gritty rhythm playing.
Backing off the instrument’s level cleaned
up the sound nicely too, which is great. At
higher Drive settings, I was amazed at how
the ’Marker managed to add compressor-like
sustain without sacriﬁcing pick dynamics—
great for soloing.
Until the Tone control reaches about three
o’clock, the DV Mark pedal remains warm and dark. Between noon and three,
Dumble fans will revel in the fat overdrive
tone this pedal delivers. Fans of more jangle
and aggression will ﬁnd the treble coming
on fast at three o’clock with slicing, but not
The attractive, solidly built Guitar Tube
Marker has a lush, dynamic musical voice
that should appeal to fusion fans and classic rockers alike. This pedal has a sound
its own, and that deﬁnitely lifts the ’Marker
out of the realm of “just another overdrive.”
KUDOS Realistic amp-like overdrive. Great
dynamic response. Warm tone.
CONCERNS Tone jumps quite quickly from
dark to bright.
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