In some ways the Rust Driver is like using a good single-channel amp—which isn’t surprising since it’s designed to replicate the sound of a ’60s-era plexi Marshall—and its level control unleashes a steady and predictable amount of grind and accompanying volume as you turn it up. Obviously it’s not the best choice for those who like to wick up the gain and then hold down the signal that hits the amp (or do the opposite and keep the level high while using very little distortion), but its simple controls provide buttery, dynamic distortion that can be easily tailored for optimum re-sponse with humbuckers or single- coils. In Bright mode, it brings out sparkling detail with a Les Paul—switch to the Warm position with the Level control maxed and a Strat’s bridge pickup sounds thick and explosive though a clean amp. The pedal has excellent touch sensitivity and really nails the less-is-more ethos of distortion pedal design.
Kudos: Simple. Excellent amp-style distortion.
Concerns: Can’t do high-gain/ low-volume or low-gain/high-volume tones
Contact: HAO Handbuilt Effects, dist. By Godlyke (866) 2godlyke; godlyke.com
IK Multimedia Releases MODO Bass
TC Electronic Releases 13 New Pedals
Fodera Presents Lincoln Goines Rhythm and Improvisation Clinic
Radial's Updated Tonebone Switchbone V2 is Now Shipping
Spitfire Audio Announces Availability of Albion V Tundra
Elektron Announces Analog Heat is Now Shipping
How Charlie Christian Defined the Electric Guitar and the Guitar Hero Myth
Is Taylor Swift the New Eddie Van Halen?
Paul Gilbert: â€œWhy My String Gauges Are Changing All the Timeâ€
Protest The Hero Stream "Harbringer" from 'Pacific Myth' EP
Avenged Sevenfold Announce Livestreamed 3D, 360-Degree Virtual Reality Performance
Bring Me The Horizon Premiere "Doomed" Live Performance from Forthcoming DVD
Blazing "Betcha Can't Play This" Supports Jason Becker's New Album Project
Guitarist Noveller on Cinematic Music and Her Healthy Obsession with Pedals
Gibson Les Paul vs. IbanezÂ RG Premium: Put Their Tones to the Test
Copyright ©2016 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470