Halo Overdrive 'sent fromheaven'
Although i went to school with the developer ( he taught me guitar when i was in high school) i felt i was taking a chance because of the price & the fact that some effects just sound different with certain amp/guitar configurations. The Halo is a real treat to play & delivers consistent impressive tone. Especially with clean fenders, previously a real challenge to get good even & dirty tone from. The Halo's ' blue' channel boosts your amp signal & is a fine overdrive that goes from sparkling to pretty grainy. then the red channel picks up with slightly more power & huge distortion response. but probably the real kicker besides the 3 band shared EQ & center tone knob is the saturation/shape switches which either dial in a cleaner signal,a nice warm saturated signal or harmonic saturation that has hot overdriven tone on top of either full open chords or single picked notes. Strats & Tele's really benefit from the Halo getting impressive classic tones easily. from Clapton to Blackmore ,Beck, Gilmour & SRV. Plug in hum-buckers & your really biting like Gibbons,Santana, Page even Grohl. & this unit plays well with others effects. I am currently using a Flashback delay & Ross compressor, a Coronna chorus & MXR tremelo & they all come in loud & clear throught the input of the amps. It does feedback a little at higher volumes & there is some residual noise so I suggest a noise-gate but that maybe because of the close proximity of my guitar to the amp.(15 feet) @ half volume. I tested on a 75' twin reverb, a 64' Blonde Bandmaster , a Marshal DSL 50 & finally an Orange dual terror. All seven of my guitars performed perfectly. I have dumped three pedals from my board, replacing them w/ Halo. it has improved my tone 10 fold & that is the root of all good playing ,Tone. Alex was always known for his impeccable tone & outstanding playing. Now he has figured a way to deliver great tone from any guitar/amp configuration through this exceptional overdrive/distortion pedal that gives the guitarist the first & most important tool when playing, Tone!