Fulltone "RTO" Robin Trower Signature Overdrive Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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Anthony M. Migliaccio
from Atlantic City, NJ
October 5, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist, garage band player
Perfect with a Strat and small tube ampI've had so many distortion / overdrive pedals in my years of playing that I can't remember them all. Got so disgusted with the sound of every one of them that I gave up using pedals for the last several years. On the advice of a few other Strat players who swear by Mike Fuller's products I once again looked into trying another overdrive pedal so I could play at lower volumes, which in turn made my neighbors happy. I looked at both the OCD, and the RTO, having been a huge Trower fan since first seeing him live at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1976, I decided on the RTO.
I'm totally blown away at the sound, the tone, the control, and overall vibe of this device. Once you find that sweet balance between amp volume and pedal settings, the rest is up to your guitar volume, and pick attack. I never thought I'd be able to play "Bridge of Sighs" through a Fender Blues Jr. and even come close to Robin's sound, and at bedroom levels. This pedal is a keeper, I don't ever see myself getting tired of this one and selling it on eBay at a loss. Even if you're not a Trower fan, this is an awesome dynamic overdrive pedal that suits well between single coils and tube power amps......
from Warner Robins, Georgia
May 15, 2012Music Background:
week-end bar room guitar slinger
Works well with humbuckersI'm a big Trower fan but I play a mid sixties Gibson 335 with humbuckers, of course. I wanted to get a little bit of that great Trower sound going for me but I wasn't at all sure this overdrive would work well with a non-strat guitar. Fortunately, it works great and I am very pleased. It has a wide range of control and is easy to dial in. You can tell that it is professional quality. With true by-pass, you don't have to worry about it squashing your sound, if and when you switch it off. Somehow it has great clarity, even when the drive is turned up.
October 29, 2010Music Background:
Session player, semi pro-musician.
RTO Signature OverdriveBy far one of the best overdrives I've ever used...and I've used quite a few. It's smooth, cleans up well, might be better for single coils than humbuckers - but I'm still debating. Produces, what I would interpret as a "woody like" or familiar overtone of sorts. Not sure if that's exactly the wording I want to use but they seem to fit the best. It just has a very pleasing (to me) overtone you can hear through the drive. This is not a heavy overdrive, it's inteneded, in my opinion, to mimic a cranked Marshall, which it does and can do. (Be it an early metal-face.) Of course your set-up may differ, so you may experience different results.