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Crowther Hotcake

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Smooth overdrive and distortion pedal.

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The Hotcake is designed to leave the undistorted component of the guitar sound unchanged, while providing a nice fat distortion sound without resorting to a treble cut circuit which will also affect the guitar tonality.

With the Drive and Presence controls set to minimum, and the Level at around 2 o'clock, you should be hard pressed to hear any change in the sound at all when you switch the Hotcake in and out. You can get a clean volume boost by increasing the Level control. Increasing the Drive will give you a thick distortion sound with a little bit of edge to it, and the Presence control adds some mid-range punch to the sounds. The Hotcake also handles chords well.

It is recommended that the Hotcake is patched between the guitar and amplifier, rather than into an amplifier's effect loop. Generally speaking, if you are happy with your guitar and amplifier combination, the Hotcake will work well as a primary distortion. It works superbly to send an already overdriven amp over the edge into smooth distortion;ideal with non-master volume valve amps.

And best of all just flick a switch and and lend a bluesier (bluesberry) feel to the original hotcake sound.

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Crowther Hotcake

I Currently own the following Overdrive units;
Klon Centaur/ Keeley modified TS808/ Fulltone Fatboost/ Fulldrive II/ Boss Bluesdriver/ Original Marshall Guvnor and Now the Crowther Hotcake.... If you are not familiar with these units, they are mainly 'boutique' pedals (except from the BOSS/ Marshall).
The Hotcake is by far the most versatile and sweetest of the bunch.I have never before found a pedal that gives the immediate 'grin all over the face' that this unit does. The sweep of overdrive to (mid range) distortion is quite incredible. Having said that, the place that the hotcake excells (in my opinion) is in the 'just breaking up an already hot valve amp' arena. I am using an AC30 and a Telecaster fitted with Kinman pickups (Kinman are AMAZING). On the Neck pickup setting, with the Hotcake set with the drive at about 11 oclock- and the amp just before it starts to breakup (BEFORE you hit the pedal)the Telecaster ( I kid you not) sounds like Stevie RV's strat. I dont normally try and sound like ANYONE- but it is the only way to describe the sound.
Most expensive pedals revel in not altering the sound of your guitar/ amp set-up (what is the point of that?)- The hotcake add's quite a bit of bottom end to your overall sound- and thats a good thing, IF you like your single coils to sound full and meaty, as opposed to thin and brittle.
I am considering selling the fulldrive to buy another of these- they are that good. Haqving said that dont buy anything on the 'say-so' of a review (tone/ sound is a very personal thing)- try one with your own guitar and preferably a similar/same amp that you actually use. The hotcake will blow you away!

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