Tone City Unveils New Greg Koch Lil Heat Mini Overdrive Pedal

Greg Koch and his new Tone City signature Lil Heat pedal
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Tone City has teamed up with blues guitar extraordinaire (and occasional GP columnist) Greg Koch to create the new Lil Heat mini overdrive pedal.

Though it's largely based on Tone City's Sweet Cream pedal, the low-to-medium gain Lil Heat has been gifted with, in Koch's words, “an ass hair more gain and an ass hair more low end.”

The control set is simple, with Volume, Tone and Heat (gain) knobs, plus true bypass switching and mono in and out jacks. 

In Tone City's words, the pedal specializes in cranking out "amp-like ‘edge-of-breakup’ tones, and reacts beautifully to your playing nuances." It's also said to work well with other gain pedals, while also letting users "spice up a clean channel or push a driven amp into sweet saturation."

The Tone City Lil Heat mini overdrive pedal is available now for £44.99 (~ $60) at

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.