ToneConcepts Release Steve Lukather Signature pedal


ToneConcepts and Steve Lukather have announced the release of the guitarist’s first signature pedal, the Luke.

The Luke is based on ToneConcept’s award-winning clean boost/overdrive pedal, the Distillery, which was released in 2013. Lukather tried the Distillery and immediately gave it a permanent spot on his pedal board.

And then he decided he wanted something more.

“The sound wizards at ToneConcepts blew me away with the Distillery, so I went straight to them to develop an enhanced version for my first-ever custom pedal,” Lukather says.

The Luke is the first pedal in ToneConcepts’ ICON Series of signature pedals. It features hand-selected components and an improved control layout with custom pot tapers for greater control. It comes housed in an octagonal case that fits neatly on any pedalboard.

We’re not sure if Lukather has tweaked the pedal’s innards or just how much it varies from a standard Distillery. For those unfamiliar with the Distillery, it has a preamp that delivers 20dB of adjustable volume boost and provides an extra gain stage and passive tone control (labeled “guts” and “bleed,” respectively). It also features a shape circuit—essentially a filter EQ—with a contour knob that rolls off high frequencies while emphasizing mids, and an edge knob to adjust the filter’s Q.

In use, the Distillery can provide extra crunch, dynamics and definition that make your tone bigger and fuller, without sacrificing its character. The bleed control emphasizes high frequencies when turned up, and cuts the highs and increases body when turned down. The shape section can be used to add or subtract warmth and fatness, giving you even more versatility from humbuckers and single-coils.

We anticipate as much, and possibly more, from the Luke.

The Luke will be available in March 2015. In addition to the standard edition of the the Luke, a limited-production Luke Launch Edition of just 100 units is available for pre-order directly from ToneConcepts.