Magazine article Guitar Player

South Wave Audio: Imagine Overdrive DD-1

Magazine article Guitar Player

South Wave Audio: Imagine Overdrive DD-1

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Sporting roll bars to protect a set of color-coded knobs, the Imagine Overdrive DD-1 ($279 retail/street price N/A) is a hefty, all-metal unit with a slide-out battery holder and the rather unusual feature of a 3-way power switch that you set to the DC position for battery use, the middle to turn it off, and the AC setting for use with an external adapter (not included). Along with Gain, Bass, Treble, and Level knobs is a Cut control, which allows you to fine tune the high-frequency response for your particular rig. Using it in conjunction with the Treble control, I was able to dial in a lead sound that had just the right amount of top-end slice with a Les Paul or PRS, and then, when I switched to a Strat, all it took was a quick adjustment to the Cut knob to reign in the highs and obtain the same meaty tone I was getting with humbuckers.

The Imagine's distortion has a fuzzy edge that makes it sound a bit more vintage in some respects than pedals that aim to dupe the characteristics of tube amps. …

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