Magazine article Guitar Player

Lee Jackson Active Gain

Magazine article Guitar Player

Lee Jackson Active Gain

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One of the new series of pedals by Metaltronix founder Lee Jackson, the solid-state Active Gain ($169 retail/street price N/A), sports Gain and Volume controls, a 3-position Clip switch, a bright blue LED, a 2.1mm (tip-negative) jack for connecting to an external power supply, and a heavy-duty mechanical bypass switch. The metal enclosure has a black textured finish and the pots, jacks, and switches are neatly handwired to the main circuit board, which is epoxy encapsulated. The 9-volt battery is gripped by a sturdy metal spring clip, and is accessed by removing four screws on the bottom plate.

The Active Gain delivers a beefy, tube-scented tone with its Gain and Volume controls both parked around two o'clock. The output is extremely strong--though the Gain knob has to be cranked up at least halfway to take advantage of it (i.e. the Active Gain is not a clean booster). The pedal's strongest, fullest tones are delivered with the Clip switch in the middle (bypassed) position. …

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