This is the perfect preamp pedal. The “Crackle Okay” volume knob is a negative-feedback control styled after clas- sic 60’s recording console inputs. (They crackled when adjusted too.)
Most vintage guitars suffer from steadily deteriorating magnets in their pickups, since permanent magnets aren’t really forever. The Super Hard-On’s input impedance is so high (>5 Meg) that it refuses any current flow from your pickup… maintaining the most magnetic field around each string, so you can hear exactly what your pickup sounded like the day it came off the winder.
The output level can exceed 8 volts peak, and when it finally distorts, the wave is shaped like triode overload, not fuzz.
It’s so transparent no one will be able to tell you’re using a pedal. Perfect for making the most of a classic amp and guitar, because it simply makes your guitar bigger and pushes the amp harder, causing natural overload. This sound can be the solution to the ‘disappearing guitar’ effect you get sometimes on stage when you stomp on your distor- tion and sound weaker. When cranked, it sounds much louder than a fuzz or distortion under stage conditions.
Uses one 9V battery (preferably alkaline, but the unit is shipped with a carbon-zinc battery.) The low current opera- tion of this pedal’s circuit will give you extraordinarily long battery life. Current draw is approximately 2mA. A DC power jack (standard Boss configuration with center negative) is provided on the side of the pedal. Use a high- qual- ity 9V adaptor for all high-gain effects!