Unique, powerful, and awesome
I'm glad to see some other favorable reviews here. There's some bashing going on for both the original Hot Tubes and this Nano remake, and I don't get it. Unless you are programmed to just expect everything to sound and behave like a Tubescreamer or other mass production overdrive, there's a lot to like here. I actually put this thing near the end of my chain and you can even boost it with other OD's (it loves Tubescreamers). But the primary function of this pedal with the knobs at noon is to give you this thick, fat, bluesy tone with lots of low-mids. It actually stays fairly clean from 8:00 to 12:00 on the OD knob, and then gets almost fuzzy as it breaks up beyond that. I guess you could kind of compare it to a Fender Bassman overdriving, but really, it's just a sound of its own. I agree that it likes single coils slightly better, and I deducted a half point due to the fact that it is a dark pedal that doesn't open up much with the tone control. But it is a really cool, under-appreciated circuit - and it costs all of 58 bucks.