Truetone VS-XO Dual Overdrive Pedal

2-channel Overdrive Pedal with a Defeatable Pure Tone Buffer and Independent Controls, I/O, and Configuration Options for Each Channel
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An Overdrive Pedal Built for Tone Tweakers!

You can't swing a boutique stompbox around Sweetwater without hitting a serious tone-tweaking guitarist, which is why many of us were extremely excited to check out this creation from our friends at Truetone: the VS-XO premium dual overdrive pedal. The VS-XO is a whole lot more than your ordinary (or even extraordinary) overdrive pedal - it's like adding a pair of independent preamps to your rig. Each of the VS-XO's footswitchable channels provides you with plenty of drive, tone control, and even discrete I/O that you can arrange and stack however you like. If you're looking for a new way to get amazing guitar tone, the VS-XO is it!

Truetone VS-XO Premium Dual Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal at a Glance:
  • Two independent drive channels, infinite tonal combinations
  • Flexible I/O design provides easy integration with your rig
  • High-tech circuitry that's sure to excite any tone purist
Two independent drive channels, infinite tonal combinations

In many ways, adding a VS-XO to your rig is like picking up two stellar Truetone overdrive stompboxes. Both the left and the right channels offer separate drive, tone, and volume controls, making it easy to dial in two totally different sounds, such as a crunch tone and a lead tone to go with your amp's clean sound.

The VS-XO's right channel offers a bit more emphasis on the mids, providing you with extra presence without getting honky. A 3-way clipping switch and a 3-way bass switch let you further define your sound, and a clean mix knob lets you go overboard with the overdrive, without losing your transients entirely. The left channel keeps it simple, offering a highly effective bass control. Best of all, you can activate both channels at once (in any order you like), creating a massive stack of cascading distortion for the ultimate fat overdrive tone.

Flexible I/O design provides easy integration with your rig

Independent drive channels aren't the only flexible thing about the VS-XO's configuration. You separate inputs and outputs let you literally use each of the VS-XO's channels independently or add additional effects between them. Of course, if you don't want to patch them separately, you can just put the whole VS-XO in your signal path like any other pedal, but it's nice to know that the extra flexibility is there, in case you want to integrate it with a switching system or other gear.

High-tech circuitry that's sure to excite any tone purist

The VS-XO is a true bypass pedal by design, but a Truetone design isn't necessarily like other pedals. In this case, the switching mechanism is based on gold-plated relays and circuitry designed by RG Keen to keep it extra quiet. But sometimes buffering is better, which is why Truetone outfitted the VS-XO overdrive pedal with a Pure Tone buffer that you can set either channel to switch on or off if you like. No matter how you set it up, you'll be amazed by how little noise the VS-XO dual overdrive adds to your sound.

Truetone VS-XO Premium Dual Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Features:
  • The perfect overdrive pedal for serious tone tweakers and live performers
  • Two independent channels let you dial in separate tones/gain stages and stack them in any order you like
  • Drive, Tone, and Volume controls for each channel give you tons of control over your basic overdrive tone
  • Focused midrange with 3-way tone control, 3-way diode clipping style switch, and clean blend control provide extra options over the right channel's sound
  • Bass knob allows you to beef up the sound of the left channel
  • Independent I/O for either channel lets you loop in other effects or integrate both channels separately into your pedal switching system
  • Gold-plated relays and special circuitry designed by RG Keen keep all switching silent
  • True-bypass switching keeps your signal pure, but you set either channel to enable or disable a Pure Tone buffer if you want
Don't sell yourself short on tone, grab a Truetone VS-XO premium dual overdrive guitar effects pedal today!

Additional Media

Visual Sound XS-XO Overdrive and Korg Pitchblack Pro Demo - Sweetwater Guitars and Gear, Vol. 60

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 2 x instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.05"
Width 5.11"
Depth 4.45"
Weight 1.46 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number VSXO

Customer Reviews

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THE NAME SAYS IT ALL ! TRUE TONE. Very easy to dial in tones on this OD . The Amount of volume boost available on this puppy is more than sufficient for anyone. I find that i no longer need the high gain / lead channel of my amp with this !!! I use the clean Channel and just ENGAGE (In the words of captain Jean-Luc Picard).
Music background: Pro Musician , 18 yrs of playing ; formal Music Education

Truetone VS-XO Dual Overdrive

Truetone VS-XO Dual something else......the best OD i ever had !!!

This Pedal

This pedal is all it's been cracked up to be. It's crazy versatile. It's small. It's incredible. This is now my go-to overdrive because it kicks my other overdrives right in their pedal butts. (I still like the others also, Fulltone Drive 2, Jekyll & Hide) but this one seriously has everything and more that I need. I've always liked VS pedals, but this one raises the bar to a whole new level. I tried it out with my Fender Jag, 72 Telecaster, and Nashville Tele, and it brought out everything I love in all three. So happy I have it----- it's a keeper!
Music background: hobbyist, song writer, production, artist

The only overdrive you'll ever need

The title says it all. With two separate overdrive channels that you can also stack together, you have everything from subtle clean boost to thick, crunchy goodness and everything in between. The right side of the pedal is so versatile and will fit any amp or guitar you use it with. There's Klon, tubescreamer, KOT tones all in just the right side of this box. Kick on the left side and you have less mids and more crunch. Two different flavors that work extremely well together. Country, Rock, Blues etc.... Just an amazing pedal from the good guys at Visual Sound.
Music background: Pro Musician

Only drive you'll need.. is right

I needed an overdrive that wouldn't kill my favorite tones.. this thing is so tweakable.. it was perfect for taking my high gain tone into that fat soaring lead zone.. the 2 channels is a nice feature two.. I use the left channel for dirtying up my clean tones, and the right channel for boosting my dirty tones for the fat leads.. you will LOVE this pedal
Music background: Musician for 30+ years
See also: Distortion Pedals, Truetone, Truetone Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz