Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On the Board: Visual Sound's Jekyll & Hyde

Well, I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend, I know I did. now, it's back to work bringing you all the latest and greatest gear. Today, I'd like to tell you about a pedal that some friends of mine have out right now that you should check out.
It's called the "Jekyll & Hyde" by Visual Sound, and it rocks! As you all probably know, the J&H is a dual overdrive/distortion.
What you might not know about are a couple improvements that have been made tot the pedal design. First, and most noticeably is the hip new design. The old hum-drum graphics have been replaced by a flashier, more eye-popping design. The standard latching switches have been replaced by a bigger, more visible variety. Also new to the J&H is the advent of built-in noise suppression. The NS is most evident on the Hyde (distortion) channel and gates out all noise.

Tone wise, the J&H does not disappoint. The Jekyll channel offers a smooth, well-rounded overdrive. Various tones can be attained from this channel and although it's "overdrive" designation implies a more laid back tone, this channel MORE than successfully held it's own against a couple of it's peers, namely the MXR Zakk Wylde OD and the Boss DS-1.

As the story goes, Dr. Jekyll flips his shit and out comes Mr. Hyde. The same holds true with the J&H OD/Distortion. Dr. Jekyll
serves up the smooth OD that can hang with serious contenders, then all of a sudden, out comes the wild side. The Hyde channel is responsible for the over-the-top high gain madness. I also compared the Hyde channel to the MXR and BOSS pedals and while these are both classic effects, the J&H seems to have that certain something that pushes it over the top.

The Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde is a top tier OD/distortion pedal. You've got great tones and (pardon the pun) insane versatility.
GearTrap tested, GearTrap approved.

Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde


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