Magazine article Guitar Player

Electro-Harmonix Operation Overlord and Tone Corset

Magazine article Guitar Player

Electro-Harmonix Operation Overlord and Tone Corset

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BILLED AS A STEREO MULTI-INSTRUmental overdrive, the Operation Overload (a.k.a. the code name for the Invasion of Normandy in WWII) packs pairs of left and right 1/4" input and outputs, and features a footswitchable Boost function along with active 3-band EQ, a Dry blend control, and a 3-position switch for setting input level. It's all about making the Overlord suitable for guitar, bass, keys, etc., and you can even have the Boost function be independent of the JFET overdrive stages by selecting "Boost Independent" on a slider switch that resides inside the die-cast aluminum housing (put on your readers to find it though!).


I've used the Overlord ($147 street) on several gigs and have appreciated its tube-like distortion, ability to deliver gutsy lows and mids while staying sweet on top, and the ease with which you can dial in tones via its phalanx of controls. The stereo outs are handy for dual-amp setups, and there's no shortage of ways to configure this pedal in a full stereo rig. Normal mode on the Input Level switch worked well across the board with a Les Paul and a Tele, and, with the Gain set at around 3 o'clock, there was plenty of distortion for solos while still being able to clean things up using guitar-volume adjustments. Power is supplied by an included 9v adapter.

Kudos True-stereo operation. Boost can be configured independently if desired. Rich distortion and loads of output.

Concerns No provision for battery power.


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